What’s Good about Goodreads?
By Natalie Bright
A deep love of books is what distinguishes Goodreads from the other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. According to their website: “A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more.”
Launched in January 2007, it boasts of more than 7 million readers.
As a reader you can keep track of books you want to read and post reviews for your favorites. Join the conversations or check out what your friends are reading for additions to your To Be Read list. I find myself turning to the reviews on Goodreads before any others. The posts are by people who love to read, and I find their comments honest and . It’s like being a part of a gigantic book club.
As a writer, it’s a fun promotional opportunity to discover new readers. Join the book discussions and meet readers, possibly making contacts with people who might like to read what you write. Do your own market research and learn about what’s new and popular in your genre.
Beware Your Words
Just a reminder that what you post on the internet is there forever. You may not particularly like a certain author or the plot line or the ending. Odds are there’s someone else who totally disagrees with your opinion. I usually read two to four books a week, however I only post reviews for my absolute favorites. And even then, I’ve noticed that my absolute favorites have 1 and 2 star reviews. Stories are everywhere these days thanks to eBooks. It’s a great thing to be a kind and gentle reader.
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