Recently, John Green posted on a response on his Tumblr to an advertising campaign for his new book, The Fault in Our Stars, on the social reading site Goodreads. While he was, obviously, thankful to his publishers for the publicity bump, he also used the opportunity to reflect on what Goodreads means to him as an author. Essentially, he is glad that there’s finally a way for readers to talk about books in a social and (this is the important part) pretty much public way. Buying books (or checking them out from the library!) shows that you’re interested in reading the book, but, up until now, there hasn’t been an easy way to tell what people think after they’ve read the book.
I love Goodreads for a lot of the same reasons John Green does. It’s useful to be able to see which of my friends have read a book when I’m checking out a book from the library. It’s also a great place to talk about books with my friends who live far away–it’s much easier to just comment on a review than to constantly send emails that say”â€œDid you read this? What about this one? How about this trilogy?!” I also like being able to write reviews so that I myself remember what I like about books. In other words, I love Goodreads because it’s a well-made social network for readers.
There is one thing about Goodreads that makes me feel a little … weird, and it’s pretty much the exact same thing that makes me love it: Continue reading Goodreads: A Reader’s Perspective