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Goodreads Author Program Hits 100,000

goodreads-304Reader recommendations site Goodreads now has 100,000 authors in its Goodreads Author Program. Participating authors include: Khaled HosseiniNeil GaimanAmy TanHelen FieldingJames PattersonCassandra ClareRick RiordanJodi PicoultStephen KingMargaret AtwoodJohn GrishamNicholas SparksL.J. Smith,David Baldacci

To mark the milestone, Goodreads has unveiled author badges, an icon that will show up on the pages of all verified author pages.

Here is more from the Goodreads blog:

Many authors keep their pages updated with news of upcoming books and, because all writers are also readers, they also share their reading lists—another great opportunity to discover new books on Goodreads! For instance, Rick Riordan includes This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel in his list of 44 “Favorites“, along with Dune by Frank Herbert; L.J. Smith appears to be a huge Agatha Christie fan with over 50 books of hers shelved; and Khaled Hosseini gave Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain 5 stars. Members can browse authors’ bookshelves to find out which titles they have in common, and discover which books inspired their favorite writers.

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Goodreads Membership Reaches 25 Million

goodreadsgraphicAmazon’s social reading platform Goodreads now has 25 million members, almost double the number of members that it had at this time last year.

To commemorate the event, the company has created an infographic called “Goodreads by the Numbers.” Here is more from the site’s blog:

It’s been another great year for Goodreads. Not only did we nearly double in size from 13 million members to 25 million members, 294 million books were added, 28 million trivia questions were answered, and lots of interesting authors joined our community of passionate readers.

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Goodreads Counts 900,000+ Reviews & 950,000+ Quotes Per Month

At Publishers Launch at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week, Goodreads founder Otis Chandler gave a presentation about growth at the social network for books. We’ve embedded the complete slide show above…

Among the different stats, Chandler noted that Goodreads now counts more than 900,000 book reviews and over 950,000 quotes from readers’ favorite books every month. Amazon acquired Goodreads earlier this year, integrating the network with a new app. Here are a few features:

With the new Goodreads integration on the new Kindle Fires unveiled by Amazon today, you will be able to: see what your Goodreads friends are reading, share highlights and notes as you read, track the books you read and want to read and build your shelves, read reviews from your friends and from the Goodreads community, rate and review books and import Amazon-purchased books to your Goodreads shelves.

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Goodreads To ‘Delete Content Focused on Author Behavior’

goodreads-304Goodreads will now enforce stricter posting guidelines, promising to “delete content focused on author behavior” when posted on the social network for books.

You can learn more at the site’s review guidelines for readers.  The site also revised its author guidelines to help writers negotiate this new information. Customer care director Kara Erickson wrote more about the new enforcement. Check it out:

We have had a policy of removing reviews that were created primarily to talk about author behavior from the community book page. Once removed, these reviews would remain on the member’s profile. Starting today, we will now delete these entirely from the site. We will also delete shelves and lists of books on Goodreads that are focused on author behavior. If you have questions about why a review was removed, send an email to support [at] goodreads [dot] com. (And to answer the obvious question: of course, it’s appropriate to talk about an author within the context of a review as it relates to the book. If it’s an autobiography, then clearly you might end up talking about their lives. And often it’s relevant to understand an author’s background and how it influenced the story or the setting.)

(Via Dear Author)

New Kindle Paperwhite Has Goodreads Built into Device

Amazon has unveiled a new Kindle Paperwhite, building Goodreads interaction straight into the $119 eReader. Goodreads members can now rate books and share passages from inside the Kindle.

The device boasts eight weeks of battery life and a feature to read footnotes in-line without losing your place in the digital book. Preorders are available today, and Amazon will ship the first device September 30th. Here’s more about some new features on the device:

Combines the world’s largest e-reading community and the world’s largest community of book lovers. Join over 20 million other readers and see what your friends are reading, share highlights, and rate the books you read with Goodreads on Kindle, available exclusively from Amazon … New Kindle Page Flip–Skim page-by-page, scan by chapter, or skip to the end of your book, all without losing your place. For example, it’s now easy to quickly flip back and forth to that map of Beyond the Wall in A Dance With Dragons.

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38% of Readers Will Finish a Book No Matter What

When do you stop reading a book? I have no shame in admitting that I will stop reading a book after a few pages. Life is too short to read a book you don’t enjoy.

Goodreads has created a great infographic exploring the books most often abandoned by readers on the social network–a whopping 38 percent of readers refuse to stop reading, even if they don’t like a book! The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling topped that list, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. The complete chart follows below…

Welcome to our Top Stories of Summer 2013 series. For all our readers returning from trips and vacation reading, we’ve created a short list of the stories you may have missed during this long, strange summer for the publishing industry.

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Goodreads Counts 20 Million Members

Goodreads now counts 20 million members, adding another 10 million readers in less than a year.

In addition, the company shared the ten most popular books published in 2013 on the site. We’ve included that infographic above. Founder Otis Chandler posted a note to members today, sharing some eye-popping statistics about the social network for readers:

We now have 20 million members, up from 10 million members just eleven months ago … Your love of reading shines through everywhere on Goodreads, from group discussions to ratings and reviews to reading updates. You’ve written more than 25 million reviews and added more than 620 million books.

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Lauren Oliver Reveals Cover for ‘Panic’

Lauren Oliver revealed the cover for her new young adult novel on Goodreads this morning. What do you think?

Oliver recorded two videos of herself reading the first three chapters of this book. During her introduction in the first video, the author explains that this book deals with the theme of fear.

Panic will come out in March 2014. The Wrap reports that Universal Pictures recently won a bidding war for the film rights to the book in a seven-figure deal.

The Most Abandoned Books List

Goodreads has created a great infographic exploring the books most often abandoned by readers on the social network. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling topped that list, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

On the Morning Media Menu today, Social Times editor Devon Glenn discussed this list and explored what writers need to know about Facebook’s new Social Graph function.

When do you stop reading a book? I have no shame in admitting that I will stop reading a book after fewer than 50 pages. Life is too short to read a book you don’t enjoy. The complete infographic follows below…

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930 People Have Met Goodreads Reading Challenge Goals

How are your reading goals for 2013?

Over at Goodreads, thousands and thousands of readers took the 2013 Reading Challenge. This year, 381,414 participants have pledged 22,332,185 books.

We are exactly halfway through the year, so we thought it was a good time to check in with our readers. So far, only 931 people have completed their reading goals for the year–there’s no time like the summer to catch up with your to-be-read pile!

(Photo via Wonderlane)

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