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What to Read Next

Published 11/07/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

Goodreads is a community designed for book lovers to uncover their next great read. The site hosts book recommendations and has an intelligence built into it so it can recommend novels to a user based on the lists of books they've already read and their reviews of such. Users could also search for a particular work by title, author or ISBN. Additionally, users could browse books by genres such as crime, eBooks, fantasy, religion, manga and more. There are also quizzes, trivia, quotes and groups where users can go to interact with others or to work their brainpower when it comes to literature. When users uncover a book that they may enjoy they can get a copy of it via Goodreads' partnership with Barnes & Noble and other retailers. They could also just add it to their Goodreads' library to indicate that they have or have read the work. Overall, Goodreads is an engaging and enjoyable site for anyone who loves a good book and is always on the lookout for their next great read.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

GoodReads was founded in December 2006 by the entrepreneur and engineer Otis Chandler. They are based in California, USA. As of July 2012, Goodreads had reported over 10 million members and 20 million monthly visits.

What are the differences to other apps?

Goodreads is a social networking site that revolves around books. Other sites that have a similar format include aNobii, BookArmy, douban and Shelfari. Goodreads has an active userbase and some of its members can come across as a bit aggressive in some of their opinions. Overall the site is a valuable resource and its recommendations are pretty spot on.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Goodreads is a professionally designed application that makes it fun and engaging to uncover one's next great read. The site display the book's cover art and has very candid and revealing reviews of the works featured on its database. It ties into Facebook so there is a fun social aspect to the app as well. There were no bugs or issues encountered during this review, and the site functioned as expected.

How does the registration process work?

To register for Goodreads, users can provide the site their name, email, password, or they can sign in using their Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account instead. New users will also need to accept the site's Privacy Policy in order to register for the app.

What does it cost to use the application?

Goodreads is a free application to use.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Goodreads is great for anyone that loves to read and is always looking for the next great book. Goodreads makes it possible for people to identify the books that they may like without having to take a chance on works that don't interest them.

  • Get recommendations for what to read next
  • Find out what one's friends are reading
  • Offer book reviews or ratings to the community
  • See what other book lovers are online
  • List one's favorite books into a list

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