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Goodreads Founder Reviews Growth

by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

In case you’re living in a hole or just curled up in a corner with a good book, Goodreads is a social networking site that offers book reviews and a place to discover new books to read, based in part on recommendations and lists of what others are reading.

Like Facebook and other social networking sites, users can friend people, including authors, and follow their reviews, blog posts, comments, etc. in a feed. You can rate, review, critique and list books you’ve read in the past or are reading now. There are even ways to report what page your on and comment as you go. The site also has quizzes, surveys, interest group forums, and many other ways booklovers can gather and discuss books and their love of reading. And one of its most popular features are the giveaways which both authors and publishers, even big ones, use to give advanced copies, signed copies, etc. to readers with the hope of getting reviews and feedback.

Although it’s fairly new, founded in 2007, Goodreads reports 10 million readers and 20 million visits a month and has really become a go to place for finding good books to read.

Recently, SFGate sat down with co-founder Otis Chandler to discuss the site’s incredible growth and success.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignal, Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at Connect With Bryan On Google+

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