The dawn of the digital age poses tons of modernism lately, including books. The digital social craze started with the social networking sites and blogs. But hey, even books now also have such lately. Cool isn’t it?
Perhaps many book-worms have already been into Goodreads lately. I’ve recently just joined the network and I found it quite nice and enjoyable. I am a true book dork so please bear my intense enthusiasm about this. :)
Here are some of the points that I found appealing on Goodreads.
- Organize your books
The number one factor I loved about Goodreads; the shelves catalog thingy. You get to sort the books you’ve read, currently reading, to-read and owned. Such shelves are pre-accorded and you just have to add new shelves if you want to add aside from the above-mentioned. This is a PERFECT way to organize your owned books and you’re next in line books. A nice way to keep track of everything. Plus, it would (and could) also serve as your own personal catalog. :)
- Simple, clean and easy to navigate.
- A must for me, or should I say, I think to everyone else. If you’re kind of used to the simple-Facebook interface, you would find Goodreads quite similar to such in terms of simplicity and manipulability. It has a light, clean interface with less words that makes it uncluttered and simple (which attracts me coz I tend to get overwhelmed with tons of words and phrases hanging to around anywhere on the page). Menus and toolbars are easy to find as well so you could easily find your way through the site.
- Lets you connect and share with just about anyone on the web.
- As I’ve mentioned, due to the dawn of the digital age, the importance of connection is a must already. In Goodreads, you get to connect your shelves, currently reading, to-read, reviews and ratings to different social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and even to your Blogger or Wordpress accounts so sharing your readings to others makes it quite simple. Plus, just like any other social site, Goodreads has this community thingy that you also get to add friends (and they get to add you too) for easy sharing of insights and recommendations as well.
- Of course, just like any other decent site, Goodreads offer applications fit for Apple, Android and just about any mobile phone with a web browser so you could practically tap, tap, tap into your favorite readings anytime, anywhere.
Oh, you know what I love about the iPhone application? It has this special feature of being able to scan the bar code of your book. This is a cool, FAST and essential factor if you want to search for a particular book and just want to skip the typing and the searching part (for lazy *** like me. haha ;p). Just scan the bar code of your book at the back and voila! The specs of the scanned book will automatically appear. :D Isn’t that just great? :D
- Widgets to post at any site you want.
- Goodreads has this nice feature of allowing diverse kinds of widgets that could be placed on blogs or websites. You can customize what shelf you want to appear on the widget, how many and what kind. A sample of this can be seen on my about page. :) Cool, right? http://www.inasortafairytale.com/
- Fun giveaways
- They also have tons of giveaways if you check the giveaways and ebooks page. :) A nice way to get free ebooks and a place to discover talented indie writers in the community. :)
I have yet to discover the other features of this site but so far, everything’s been doing great. :)
What are you waiting for? Join Goodreads and be part of the reading sensation! :)