As an author, I'm thrilled because more data on more good books and easier purchase should mean it's easier for people to buy.
But whatever you think, if you want your books to be found, I think you need to make sure your books are on Goodreads and discoverable.
The number wasn’t hit because of any New-Year-Eve self-improvement guilt, or anything like that. On one hand, I moved far away from my job and spent a lot of time commuting on the subway.
Dedicated readers may scoff at that number, but that’s the most I have ever read in a year.
Lan, the Savvy Indie explains what else you can find on the site.
Goodreads is a social media network site for book readers, as well as authors, to connect and network. It might seem confusing to Goodreads newbies but if carefully explored, Goodreads is a wonderful and useful book marketing tool for self-publishing and indie authors because it's custom built to cater for the need of authors and book readers, unlike Twitter and Facebook which are all generic Social Media Networks.
Creating your Goodreads account is a very simple two-step process. To migrate your Shelfari content to Goodreads you need a Shelfari account, a Goodreads account, and a spreadsheet editor (such as MS Excel, Google Drive, etc).
To get the full step-by-step process read this quick guide at this point, but Goodreads differs from other social networks because books are at the center of the social interactions.
Saying ‘yes’ helps build your Goodreads community of friends and fans.Ok, perhaps I’m overselling a bit, but certainly you can see the potential in incorporating Goodreads–the fastest growing platform for influencers in the writing space–into your book marketing and platform building strategy.Not only do you have a way to connect with passionate readers and influential people in the industry, but a path is also provided for those readers and influencers to discuss, share and promote your work.Conversation on Goodreads is composed of book reviews, book progress updates, book lists and book groups, reading challenges, book shelf comparisons, and other more obscure social tools Let’s be real. But you don’t want a work colleague’s enthusiasm for bareback werewolf erotica to clutter your news feed. Answer: Create a Top Friends filter for your news feed!This should include only the people you’re really interested in discussing books with.There is a growing number of non-fiction titles (some of them world-wide bestsellers), and there is unquestionably an audience for them.