Goodreads: A web pick by Sarah Forgrave

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sarah Forgrave If you’re like me, you LOVE books. Over the years I have browsed many a bookshop, jotting down names of books on scraps of paper, sent titles via emails to myself or quickly typed the title into a note on my phone. Over time, it became clear that this was not a useful system as often times I’ve found these scraps of paper shredded upon pulling clothes out of the dryer.

Once I discovered Goodreads, my life was forever changed. No more crumpled pieces of paper, or random self-addressed emails containing authors, book titles and the like.

Web interface for goodreads

Web interface for Goodreads.

Goodreads describes itself as “the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations” — but it is so much more than that.

As an iPhone user, Goodreads became my mobile book list – a place where I could quickly scan the ISBN of the books I owned and "shelve" them as read. And in a bookstore? This is where I really saw the benefit — I could scan the ISBN of a book, get reviews, and then save it to a "To Read" shelf for future consideration.

iPhone interface for Goodreads

The iPhone application which includes an ISBN scanning tool for saving books.

Even better? The whole Goodreads environment is built with social interaction in mind. From events with authors to following the updates and book reviews of your friends, Goodreads is a great way to share your love of reading.

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