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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)

Help 15 Authors Finish a Short Story on Goodreads

Ever wish you could help your favorite novelist finish writing a story?

Over at Goodreads, a team of authors played a game of exquisite corpse and wrote part of a short story together. Participating authors included Charles Yu, Robin Sloan, Anne Lamott and Ally Condie. Now you can help them finish the story:

What’s the best way to celebrate May’s National Short Story Month? With a brand-new short story, of course! We’ve enlisted 15 brave and brilliant authors, starting with Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, for a bout of Exquisite Corpse—the classic parlor game popularized by the Surrealists, wherein each participant continues a story based only on the previous person’s lines. All of the writers are seeing the full story for the first time with this post, but our Internet experiment isn’t over. Last up was the legendary Margaret Atwood, and now it’s your turn. Keep the game going in the comments section!

Scott Turow Blasts Amazon’s Purchase of Goodreads

The Authors Guild called Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads ”a truly devastating act of vertical integration” in an online dispatch. Guild president Scott Turow had this statement:

Amazon’s acquisition of Goodreads is a textbook example of how modern Internet monopolies can be built … The key is to eliminate or absorb competitors before they pose a serious threat. With its 16 million subscribers, Goodreads could easily have become a competing on-line bookseller, or played a role in directing buyers to a site other than Amazon. Instead, Amazon has scuttled that potential and also squelched what was fast becoming the go-to venue for on-line reviews, attracting far more attention than Amazon for those seeking independent assessment and discussion of books. As those in advertising have long known, the key to driving sales is controlling information.

What do you think? The Guild cited Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson as an example. The book has 123 customer reviews at Amazon, but 469 reviews on Goodreads.

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Amazon To Buy Goodreads

Amazon will acquire Goodreads, the social network for readers.

The online retailer did not share the terms of the deal and expects to finalize the acquisition by the second quarter of 2013. The deal drew mixed reactions from online readers. In addition, AppNewser collected non-Amazon alternatives to Goodreads.

The founder of LibraryThing predicted in a post: ”Now that Goodreads is just Amazon, the time and money publishers spend on Goodreads is like everything else they do with Amazon–good in the short term, but suffocating them in the long-term.”

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Trusted Friend Is Top Book Discovery Tool

Goodreads recently asked 1,000 members of the social network publishing’s burning question: What convinced you to read the book?

They revealed the results at the Tools of Change (TOC) conference (chart embedded above). Overwhelmingly, most readers relied on real life conversations: “trusted friend,” “everybody was talking about it” and “book club” were the top answers. Here’s more about the survey:

“Discovery” is a huge topic in the publishing industry, especially as more and more books are published each year. For this presentation, we took a different tack. Rather than just ask a general “How do you discover books?” question, we went to recent readers of two popular books on Goodreads and asked: “What convinced you to read this book?” The two choices were Gone Girl (which was the most reviewed book on Goodreads in 2012 and the winner of the Mystery & Thriller category in the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards) and The Night Circus (a debut novel from 2011, which was a finalist in the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards).

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What Writers Need to Know About Goodreads

The New York Times has profiled Goodreads, undoubtedly sending hundreds of writers and publishers flocking to the site. This bustling community of readers seems perfect for writers, but it is very easy to make a bad impression on its members.

After a long Ask Me Anything interview on Reddit, novelist Michael J. Sullivan collected some advice for writers using Goodreads. His advice can spare many writers some bad experiences on the network.

Here is his most important piece of advice: “The most important thing to remember about goodreads is that members of this site REALLY hate self-promotion. Primarily because too many authors come to the site and do drive-by posts and leave. This makes their radar on such matters very sensitive. The key to goodreads is to become a member of the community first…and mention your writing only in context and when appropriate.”

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Goodreads Sets New Rules About Adult Content

The online reading community of Goodreads has set some new guidelines about adult content posted on the network.

Social Times has more about the new rules:

In an email to group moderators, the company said yesterday that “Sexual role play is now not permitted in any group or any other part of the site.” More specifically, “Romance is permitted in role-play games, but pornographic content and explicitly sexual content or scenarios are not permitted. We’ve made the decision that this is not appropriate for our site.”

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6 Ways to Promote Your Book on a Budget

Are you struggling to promote your book on a budget?

We’ve collected some links that will help you promote your book without spending any money at all.

Six Ways To Promote Your Book on a Budget

1. Visit these free sites to promote your eBook.

2. Pitch articles, interviews or blog posts to media outlets. Read our How To Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post for more details.

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Blogger Vows to Read 131 Baby-Sitters Club Books This Year

Melanie Leeson, the blogger behind “Beauty & the Armageddon,” has made a Baby-Sitters Club-themed New Year’s resolution.

She hopes to read the 131 titles in the original Baby-Sitters Club book series.

Here’s more from her blog post: “If time permits I will also read the Mysteries, Super Special, Super Mysteries, and any of the the other supplemental books. My plan is to stick with the books pertaining to the main members of the club and only shoot for the spin-off series if I’m incredibly crazy.”

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How Many Books Will You Read in 2013?

Want to challenge yourself to read more this year?

Over at Goodreads, you can monitor your reading goals at the 2013 Reading Challenge. In 2012, 303,232 participants resolved to read 17.8 million books.

Follow this link to join the free 2013 Reading Challenge. Simply log in and answer the question: “My goal is to read ____ books this year.”

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