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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 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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How Colleen Hoover Found Readers on Goodreads

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.

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J.K. Rowling Breaks Goodreads Record

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling set a Goodreads record for the all-time biggest “started reading” day. Currently, more than 40,000 people have marked the book “to-read.”

The book unseated Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins as the book with the strongest “started reading” day. Insurgent by Veronica Roth holds third place. As of this writing, The Casual Vacancy has 38 percent five-star ratings on Goodreads.

Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler had this statement: “The Casual Vacancy is one of those stand-out books where people not only pre-order it, they start reading it as soon as they get their hands on it. On Goodreads, it beat the record for our previous all-time ‘started reading’ day which was set by Mockingjay.”

Goodreads Reaches 10 Million Members

Goodreads, a social networking site for readers, has grown its membership to 10 million members. Collectively, these users have shelved 360 million books (chart embedded above).

The rate of growth has gained momentum in the last year and a half. The site earned its first 5 million members in four and a half years, and doubled its membership from 5 million members to 10 million members in the last 18 months.

Goodreads founder Otis Chandler blogged the news: “When we first launched in January of 2007 we waited until we hit what then seemed like a magical number of 100,000 members before we hired our first employee and secured angel funding. Since then, the vibrant Goodreads community and company has continued to blossom. We now have a team of 30, we’ve just moved into bigger, fancier offices in San Francisco, and we’ve launched an array of new products, including our super-awesome and successful Recommendations Engine.”

Goodreads has great resources for tracking popular titles and discovering reader preferences. For example, Goodreads discovered that dystopian fiction is more popular now than it has been in 50 years and made this infographic about the findings. The site recently launched a tool to make it easy to add Goodreads updates to your Facebook timeline. Follow this link to find out how.

Goodreads Launches Recommendation Engine Analyzing 20 Billion Data Points

Goodreads has tapped its six million members to create a new book recommendation engine, analyzing reader opinions about 190 million books stored on their digital shelves.

CEO Otis Chandler explained in the release: “No one has been able to provide recommendations like this before.  This is the first time a community of readers of this size has collectively shared their literary likes and dislikes … It gives us data that no one else has.  For example, we have more than 174,000 ratings of the best-selling ‘The Help’ while Amazon only has around 4,400.”

To test the recommendations, simply visit this link–you must rate at least 20 books to get an accurate reading of your literary tastes. The new feature relies on a collection of secret algorithms to predict what kind of books a new reader will enjoy.

Kirkus Reviews Gone & Goodreads Grows

gr_logo.gifKirkus Reviews closed today, taking away about 5,000 book reviews a year–a tremendous loss for the publishing industry. In a world without these useful reviews, how will people find out about new books?

This week, Goodreads, the social network for readers, just scored $2 million in new financing with the help of True Ventures. Publishers Weekly has the scoop: “Goodreads will use the new funds to improve the site and create more features around reading ranging from quizzes to bookswaps to e-book support tools.” Goodreads has a booming community of 2,600,000 readers, who have panned and celebrated 64,000,000 books.

As traditional review outlets disappear, online communities may be one of the last places where readers can go to find out about new books. Here at GalleyCat we would love to create some sort of a community book review feature for our readers. Email us if you are interested in joining the conversation.

TurnHere Adds Partners, Launches Customizable Widget Player

In a press release issued yesterday, online video solutions platform TurnHere announced nearly one dozen new distribution partners, including Goodreads, LibraryThing and Buy.com, for its book-centric online channel Bookvideos.tv. In addition, TurnHere also unveiled a brand new customizable widget and enhanced video player for book publishers, which will expand the reach of author videos across the Web.

“TurnHere’s author videos are compelling content, and we think they are an excellent addition to our author profiles,” said Otis Chandler, founder and CEO of Goodreads. “We’re finding that seeing and hearing a favorite author in an on-page video is a very evocative experience, and we’re very excited to be working with TurnHere to provide it to our members.” Added TurnHere CEO and founder Bradley Inman: “As we continue to forge new relationships with a diverse range of Web partners, we are reaching a very engaged online audience never before tapped into by the publishing market.”