- Cafe Libri
- Fantasy Book Club
- Goodreads Feedback
- Love Inspired Historicals
- Goodreads Librarians
- Goodreads Author Outreach Project
- The Riyria Revelations
- Q&A with Katie MacAlister
One of the negative features about the groups is that some users of Goodreads
can spam you with multiple invites. The only way to prevent this from occurring is by sending the user a message asking her or him to stop (which has always worked for me) or by blocking the user, which I am loathe to do. In the near future, I hope Goodreads
will allow members to ignore book invites from a particular user. Each book group I listed has hundreds of members. My favorites include Goodreads Feedback, where you can offer advice for how Goodreads
can improve their website, Poetry, which is where you submit poetry to be entered for publication by the monthly Goodreads newsletter, and finally Goodreads Author Outreach Project, where you can ask questions for many of the Goodreads authors, which include big names such as Neil Gaiman, Laurell K. Hamilton, Lisa See, and Wil Wheaton, to name a few of my favorites. The groups themselves have a lot of features for the owner and users. You have a photo album, group book shelf, polls, and events listings. You can send out e-mails to all members of a group and create new folders and threads to keep your group organized. And of course, it is another fabulous way of connecting with other members of the site.
Even when you first join, there are some steps you take concerning your membership. First off, you have to indicate whether you are an author or a member. Authors have additional privileges than the regular members. After you have been a member for a while, there is the opportunity to become a Goodreads Librarian, which is my status. There is an application you have to fill out, and if you are approved, you will receive a message and be invited to the Goodreads Librarian group. Librarians can alter book entries, quotes, images, shelves, trivia questions, and even combine editions of a book. Librarians contribute to the site's continual growth as we are also allowed to add new books to the database. One of my happiest days with this site was when they approved my librarian status. I enjoy helping a website that I have invested a lot of time and effort into.
Overall, there are many features to explore once you join the site. The tabs at the top of your homepage make Goodreads
a really user friendly place. When logging in, you always start at your "Home page" or "Home" tab. This is where you can see updates from your friends, your own reading progress, and your profile details, like if someone has sent you an e-mail message or is requesting to add you as a friend. People can also offer you book recommendations or invite you to events, which are all posted at your home page. There is also a mini-tab for quick access to your groups under the "Home" tab. The next tab on their site is "My Books." This is where you can view your shelves as well as the books you have most recently read. The next tab is for exploring and it's called "Find Books." You can browse by title, author, isbn, or genre. This section also lists the most popular read books, giveaways, recently reviewed, and ebook options. There is also a list of shelves that you can browser through to find new reads. Under the "Friends" tab, you can view data about your friends (such as books they have read or own) as well as friend requests that are pending. The tab with the most features is the "Explore" one. This includes the following list of options:
Most of these features I already explained earlier in this review. The only new categories include People
, which allows you to see people who are online at Goodreads, Authors
, which is a list of popular and recently online authors, Videos
, which is a list of book related videos users can watch, and Writing
, which is where members can write their own stories or blogs on their profile pages.
The final tab on a user's homepage is labeled "Groups." This one allows you to explore new groups you might want to join as well as viewing information about the groups you are currently in.
This website really has it all! There are so many features that you will never get bored as a member here. Plus, the owner (Otis
) is constantly adding new features or improving on aspects that are already implemented but have slight complaints. The best part about Goodreads
, and most social networking sites at this point, is the capability to connect it with other sites that I use often. Currently, I have Goodreads
connected to my Twitter
, and Myspace
accounts. I love that my updates can show up on all three websites at once.
It truly is astounding the number and types of websites available to the average online user. Goodreads
is one of those gems that you won't want to let slip through your fingers.