Monday, 5 November 2012

Find Any Goodreads Lately?

Attention all book lovers! Have you been  looking for book suggestions, lists, reviews or just want to browse book covers?  Look no further.  Goodreads has all of this and more.  Part book site, part social network, it has been consistently one of my favourite places for book information.  It boasts authors, librarians and a good chunk of the reading public among its huge fan base.

Goodreads authors give us a glimpse of what they are reading themselves, what they think of it and also post links to their blogs and pages. Find your favourite and check it out.  There are often live chats with authors and opportunities to win new releases.  Book trivia, quizzes and author quotes are some of the other bonuses to this site.  Even non-member authors get in on the action by posting links to their sites.

This is simply the most wonderful place to look for books, being searchable by title, author and ISBN, or just browse the covers on the featured lists.  All the editions are listed so you can find out what format your book has been published in.  There is a read-alike feature that lets you enter books you have enjoyed and get recommendations for new ones to discover. One of the features, Listopia , has countless lists,  everything from Best Mystery and Crime  to  Books an 11 yr Old Girl Would Like.  Most of the features on Goodreads are available for both members and non-members,  so don't feel like you have to become a member to take advantage of this site.

If you do choose to be a member of Goodreads you start with your own book shelf so you can create lists of books you want to read,  rate what you have read and share what you are reading.  I find it very helpful when browsing covers and lists to be able to add the book to my "to read" shelf for future reference.  There is also a Book Challenge spot for you to set your own reading goals.  There are options for more shelves like books to re-read.

You can be as social as you want to be. You can just use the features for yourself and your own shelf or over time choose friends that you want to share book information with.  Join online book clubs or  link to Facebook and Twitter to share what you are reading or find out what someone else is reading and how the book was rated between you.  The Goodreads app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

Curious about this book site?  Take the tour !

Patricia Milner, Head of Reference Services

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