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.”
Goodreads counted 13 million users this year, those avid readers publishing a staggering 20 million book reviews.
In an infographic about the company’s growth, Goodreads revealed that Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was the most-reviewed book, counting 22,383 book reviews. John Green had the most added quote from The Fault in our Stars: “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”
Click the image above to see the complete Goodreads infographic.
Struggling to make a career change? Try reframing your work experience visually.
AppNewser has more about a free app that turns your LinkedIn profile into a simple and elegant infographic:
Using a new tool at Visual.ly, you can build an infographic out of your LinkedIn resume, showing employers (and yourself) a simple map of your career … You can choose from several different templates, showing employers how many years you spent in various fields, what your key skills are and showcase recommendations on your LinkedIn page.
New Adult fiction has climbed our Self-Published Bestsellers List for months, and Goodreads has noted an explosion of new readers as well. The social network for readers has released a chart mapping how many New Adult books are being rated on the site.
As you can see by the graphic embedded above (click to enlarge), the chart has a steep growth rate. If you want to read more about the genre, check out our What Is New Adult Fiction? post for free samples and definitions.
Here’s more from Goodreads: “Publishers and readers are already embracing it, and here at Goodreads we’ve recognized the rapidly growing interest with our own genre page … We see the positive signs of readers taking to the new genre on Goodreads. Beginning in 2011, there was a spike in the number of readers identifying books as New Adult through custom shelves and rating books in the category. Two examples of recent New Adult success are Slammed by Colleen Hoover and Easy by Tammara Webber. Also, The Perfect Game by J. Sterling is a New Adult book that is trending well.”
How does a self-published bestseller start? In the graph embedded above, you can trace the actual path of a hit indie book.
At a PubWest presentation called “How Readers Discover Books Online,” Goodreads founder Otis Chandler shared some fascinating statistics about how a book’s popularity spreads on Goodreads. Looking at Slammed by Colleen Hoover, Chandler mapped how the book traveled from giveaways to bloggers to a book deal. Here’s more from the founder:
Slammed was published in early January of 2012. The book didn’t get a lot of attention those first few months, which illustrates how tough it can be for a first-time author. But Hoover smartly took matters into her own hands, running a pair of Goodreads giveaways in late February and early March. These are free for authors/publishers to set up—the only cost is in mailing the book to the winners. It immediately got the book onto people’s shelves and generated a few reader reviews, which is vital for any new book. Then, in late March, a few prominent bloggers her in genre wrote about the book, spreading the word to their many followers on Goodreads through their reviews.
Most of our readers have never visited the community of writers, artists and creators at deviantART, but there are many literary resources to be discovered inside the social network with millions of members.
On the Morning Media Menu today, we spoke with Ron Martino, the producer and director deviantART Network. Martino explained how writers have found audiences and book deals from the site, giving tips for creators looking to explore the social network.
Martino also outlined the community’s Oddyssey II project, a collaborative writing project guided by novelist Clive Barker–all writers can enter this massive effort to crowdsource a new novel from within the deviantART community.
Romance publisher Avon Books is experimenting with eBooks without digital rights management (DRM) controls. The publisher is offering a DRM-free options on select digital titles from its imprint. The DRM-free files will be sold in Adobe ePub editions.
The publisher explained that the idea is came from reader demand. Author Tessa Dare explained: ”I know that DRM can be a frustration for honest, paying readers who just want to purchase and read books on their preferred devices. Avon’s experiment will help me reach a new segment of the digital readership.”
Avon has also launched a new Facebook app, the Avon Social Reader, that lets users read excerpts from upcoming Avon releases and share this content with their friends. AppNewser has more: “Up to 20 percent of each book will be available to read. The content includes social media share buttons, and the app will connect to e-commerce links so that customers can buy the eBooks if they like them. Avon got the idea after doing a survey that found that romance readers spend a lot of time talking about their favorite books in social networks.” Read more
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg counted the company’s one billionth user today, a major milestone for social networks.
To mark this moment, here are some Facebook resources for writers, readers and publishing professionals: