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By Charles G. Doe - Posted Sep 1, 2014
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Company: Goodreads Inc., goodreads.com

Price: Goodreads is free.

Audience: The audience is any reader, but it is probably aimed at or used more by middle and high school readers than older ones.

Format: Goodreads is available to any computer via the internet or on iPhone or iPad. An Android app is also available. Mobile connections (apps) especially combine book discovery with a social aspect. Friends’ reviews and ratings are
listed, too.

System Requirements: Goodreads can be used with nearly any computer with a browser and an internet connection. It can also be used with many mobile devices with the correct app. Use of Goodreads requires setting up a free account. During that brief and easy process, users explore their interests to help Goodreads make recommendations.

Description: Goodreads, a social media site for finding and sharing book titles, has more than 20 million members. The site enables people to share books they are reading, rate books they have already read, and list what they are considering next. They can do this publicly or among a self-selected network of online friends.

 

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Installationinvolves ensuring equipment is correct and setting up a free account via the internet or after downloading the proper app to mobile devices. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: On an initial, basic level, Goodreads combines a love of reading with today’s social media fascination. Users can list and indicate progress with books they’re reading, including those purchased from Amazon via a link. Users can catalog entire book collections in user personal profiles. Books read can be rated to share with others, including written reviews of books posted on their “read” shelves.The website allows individuals to freely search Goodreads’ extensive user-populated (more than 25,000,000 now) database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can add friends to their profile, then see the friends’ shelves and reviews and make comments. Goodreads features a rating system of one to five stars, with the option ofaccompanying the rating with a written review.

Goodreads also offers quizzes and trivia, quotations, and book lists. Members can receive one of several newsletters of new books, suggestions, author interviews, and poetry. If a user has written a work, the work can be linked on the author’s profile page, which also includes an author’s blog. Goodreads has a presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and others and is host to roughly 20,000 organically occurring online book clubs for every
preference.

Goodreads is well-designed, useful and fun, with even more features than those listed here. However, it is not designed for use by educators. Nevertheless, it can be very useful for high school and middle school teachers and librarians. Listing and reviewing a certain number of books read could be a class requirement. Or teachers could set up groups for study of a specific semester’s books or those of specific authors, etc. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Goodreads is very easy to use, with clear online instructions if needed. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support is sufficient, with limited online help including an online email form and other support. Little is needed, however, as Goodreads is very easy to use. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Goodreads is easy to use, comprehensive and engaging, an outstanding combination of social media and reading books. I highly recommend it for all students who read and for classrooms of teachers looking for an interesting approach to getting them to read! Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Charles Doe is a 39-year teacher, including 10 years as elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Hastings, Mich. For the past 15 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools (charliegd@sbcglobal.net).


 
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