18 Responses to “Goodreads part II”

  1. Sandy James February 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM #

    From an author’s point of view, Goodreads has been a fantastic way to connect with new readers. They can access my website and information about my writing including any new developments in my career. I’ve been able to have contests to give away signed copies of my books. Readers can go in and rate my stories or post reviews. I can also post the first chapters of my stories to stir interest in reading them. I’m totally sold on the Goodreads experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Stacy~ February 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM #

    In addition to use it to keep track of my reading, but also book reviews & recs from friends who don’t have an ulterior motive (i.e. their own books). I occasionally participate in some of the book discussions and leave/receive comments from other readers on books I’ve read, or want to read. I like having it all in one location.

  3. Brandy W February 15, 2010 at 12:01 PM #

    I’m still trying to figure out everything I can do. I admit I’m a bit overwhelmed with it right now. I’ve added books that I’ve read and have to read. It says I’m not following anyone but I get your reviews and activities via email along with a few other people. No idea how I did that.

    I do like that I get the updates though. Let’s me have a clearer picture of what’s out there and what people think.

    I’m sure I could spend the entire day and then some on there trying to figure it all out. Its easy to get carried away with features and options.

  4. Angie February 15, 2010 at 12:01 PM #

    Thanks! I remembered something else I had wanted to say in my post (your comment about it from the author POV reminded me, Sandy). I hate hate hate it when authors use the book recommend feature to recommend their own book to me. I actually unfriend when they do that. I see it as an abuse of the function, because I want books to be recommended by people who are reading them and love them, not the one person who is obviously going to recommend it. I think it’s a form of Goodreads spam and it makes the recommend area one I sometimes dread going to, because often it’s filled with authors rec’ing their own books, and sometimes multiple of their titles. Blech.

  5. Angie February 15, 2010 at 12:02 PM #

    Stacy, are there any groups you recommend?

    Brandy, I think it’s overwhelming as well, which is why I’ve belonged for almost 2 years and barely ventured out of my own bookshelf!

  6. Stacy~ February 15, 2010 at 12:04 PM #

    Oh, also authors can also post their blog posts here. And I like how GR provides the order of a series more clearly than some other sites.

    I like how readers can provide status updates on the books they are reading and give mini reviews, in a sense. Very user-friendly.

  7. Stacy~ February 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM #

    I don’t participate a lot in the groups but I do like Paranormal & Historical groups. I think you are one of my GR friends so I will send you the links.

  8. Sandy James February 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM #

    An author offering his/her own book as “recommended” is the epitome of poor taste. It also smacks of desperation. Not exactly what you want your readers to think.

  9. Angie February 15, 2010 at 12:08 PM #

    I was wishing Goodreads would let me do an “author” page but instead an “editor” page, so I could link to all the books I’ve edited. I’m jealous of those author pages!

  10. Amanda February 15, 2010 at 12:18 PM #

    Ooh! An editor page would be great.

    I mostly use Goodreads as a brain dump. I would just blog about what I’m reading, but then my blog would become a book blog and that’s not my goal. So I just post my reviews on Goodreads and link to them on the sidebar of my blog for anyone interested. (widgets!)

    I also follow the reviews of just about every friend I have on the site. I get a daily e-mail summary and I use that to help me figure out what to read next. The best part of Goodreads is finding people with similar reading tastes (which is unbelievably difficult in real life!). I just start with a book I loved, find the other people who also loved and click through their five star list. Easy.

  11. Angie February 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM #

    I should email Goodreads and ask them if they’d let me do something like that.

    I would love a daily summary email. I need to figure out how to do that. I also love your idea of finding people with similar reading tastes. I’m going to try that.

  12. Brandy W February 15, 2010 at 12:23 PM #

    I think an editor page would be cool as well. I’m curious to see what you’ve edited and read.

    I’m playing on GR now trying to update some of my things.

  13. Lindsey February 15, 2010 at 1:54 PM #

    I like the editor page idea! I’ll suggest it, too. I’ve found the Goodreads people to be very open to suggestions and interested in implementing new features.

    The Contemporary group is good, and there are also some specialty groups – I’m in a group for Larissa Ione’s Demonica Series. I don’t participate much in groups, but I find the discussions fun to read and have found some interesting people to friend/follow.

    You should check your settings on the updates you’re seeing. You can choose all kinds of setting – whether you want to reviews or updates or author blogs and whether you want to see everyone you’re friends with, people you’re following, or top friends. I like setting people I’m interested in as top friends, so I can make sure I don’t miss their reviews and updates. What I like best about this feature is it’s an easy switch, right at the top of the updates. If I”m in a hurry, i can just check on what’s new with my friends. But if I’m looking for recommendations and trying to get a sense of what’s out there, I can quickly switch to see what ALL my friends are reading/reviewing.

    The reader polls are a great time waster. My friends also seem to play the never-ending book quiz a lot, though I haven’t gotten into that.

    Have you discovered the giveaways page yet? Author and publishers give away a lot of new releases and ARCs. Often some good stuff there, and I’ve even won before.

  14. Angie February 15, 2010 at 1:59 PM #

    Hmph. Now you’re just trying to steal my idea. Other editors should be banned from reading my blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Castiron February 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM #

    I like the Editor page idea too! (I could also see a copyeditor page too, or designers.)

    I mainly use it to track books I’ve read and for short reviews; I’d like to follow more people, but I’m not willing to give GR access to my email addresses to do so!

  16. Angie February 15, 2010 at 3:47 PM #

    You can just put in addresses of people you think might be on Goodreads, and search for your friends. You don’t need to give GR access to your email address book.

  17. Rebecca Woodhead February 15, 2010 at 3:59 PM #

    I’m so glad someone else feels this way about Goodreads. To be honest, I usually end up there because friend requests appear in my email. When I get there, I’m excited but directionless. It feels as if there are great possibilities but I am a bit confused by it.

  18. seton February 15, 2010 at 5:43 PM #

    Goodreads is a good way to consolidate what’s happening with most of friends readingwise w/o having to ask, especially those who dont have blogs or tweet. It’s always fun when a bunch of friends read the same bk at the same time. For example, I read Evangeline Anderson’s A SPANKING FOR VALENTINE earlier this month and wrote a short review about it. It has a punny title and a funny cover and was a nice hot read. That got 3 of my friends to read it for V-Day this past week and several more intending to do so.

    You instantly get the most recent updates from your friends when u hit the homepage as long as your cookie is working.

    The “Paranormal Romance” group is one of the biggest romance group on GR. “Historical Romance” is also popular. Too many people start a new group everyday IMO. Those usually peter out after a while so I usually just ignore when a new one starts up.

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