Never heard of BookLikes before. Great if you are into popular culture. Will check NPR and the others now. Ben Li Thanks for such an informative article.
History[ edit ] The Chandlers created Goodreads in Goodreads' stated mission is "to help people find and share books they love Otis Chandler believed this rating system would be superior to Amazon's, as Amazon's includes books a user has browsed or purchased as gifts when determining its recommendations.
Users were offered the ability to export data and migrate accounts. Goodreads features a rating system of one to five stars, with the option of accompanying the rating with a written review. The site provides default bookshelves—read, currently-reading, to-read—and the opportunity to create customized shelves to categorize a user's books.
Members can receive the regular newsletter featuring new books, suggestions, author interviews, and poetry. If a user has written a work, the work can be linked on the author's profile page, which also includes an author's blog.
There is also a special section for authors with suggestions for promoting their works on Goodreads. There are settings available, as well, to allow Goodreads to post straight to a social networking account, which informs, e. This constant linkage from Goodreads to other social networking sites keeps information flowing and connectivity continuous.
Goodreads members can apply to become volunteer librarians after they have 50 books on their profile. Amazon requirements controversy[ edit ] In JanuaryGoodreads switched from using Amazon's public Product Advertising API for book metadata such as title, author, and number of pages to book wholesaler Ingram.
Some users worried that their reading records would be lost, but Goodreads had a number of plans in place to ease the transition and ensure that no data was lost, even for titles that might be in danger of deletion because they were available only through Amazon, such as Kindle editions and self-published works on Amazon.
The author and publisher discussed publicly on Twitter how to "knock it off" the front page of the novel's Goodreads page.
This sparked a furor about the relationship between authors and reviewers on Goodreads. Goodreads publicly posted its review guidelines in August to address these issues.
Where authors were threatening a mass account cancellation to protest the bullying, many of the reader users who commented on the announcement are now threatening the same thing. And while much of this might seem like nothing more than petty playground behavior between children who honestly do not have a clear good guy or bad guy, keep in mind that several e-book retailers incorporate the Goodreads' API into their sales pages, effectively posting book reviews that many in the Goodreads community know to be false, and nothing more than an act of revenge against an author; real-world sales decisions have been made by consumers based on these reviews.
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