Reading Lists

Possible Credits (Maximum 5)

Create an account on Goodreads, and become a friend with someone (5 credits)

What are online reading lists?

Goodreads says it is the largest social network for readers in the world with more than 2,800,000 registered users who have added over 75,000,000 books to their shelves.

Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, form book clubs and more. Upon logging in to Goodreads, readers see status updates about what their friends are reading and when a reader reviews a book, all his friends are notified. Goodreads is free and runs on ad revenue so readers see ads on most pages.

Why do I care?

If you’re looking mainly for people-generated (versus database-driven) recommendations, then Goodreads is the book site for you. Founder Otis Chandler’s believes that recommendations from friends are more valuable than referrals from algorithms or bestseller lists. The site has standard social networking features with users having the ability to edit their publicly viewable profiles, add and meet friends, and interact with each other through messages and comments.

The site differs from LibraryThing in that it revolves around users’ “Bookshelves” – a list of books they have read or are reading currently. Users can browse others’ bookshelves, and see their full reviews.

While Goodreads doesn’t have the same cataloging depth as LibraryThing, it’s more social focused. The goal of Goodreads is to "make reading fun again" and to generate excitement about books. Goodreads does this in a social Facebook-like way, and can in fact be integrated with Facebook for easy sharing on your wall.

How do I get credits?

  1. Watch the video tutorial created by Colorado Libraries 2.0 to get started
  2. Join Goodreads
  3. Add a friend by clicking on "add friends" from the "Friends" drop-down menu at the top of the screen
  4. Check out the other features available, such as tagging, reviewing, rating, etc.