Friday, June 15, 2012

Are you on Goodreads?

How do voracious readers find new books? According to more and more sources, it looks like Goodreads is the new tool.  But can I be honest with you (here goes, this is about to be like the moment when my mother admitted to me she couldn't figure out how to set the clock on the microwave)?  I still can't figure out the site.  It seems sort of like Facebook, but for books and authors.  I can follow people, but they are the same people I am following on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest (don't even get me started on trying to figure that out), etc.  Is this just another social media site to suck up productive time, or is it a useful tool?

How are your using Goodreads? What have you found the pluses to be? The minuses?  I want this post to catalyze the discussion about the utility of the site.  I can't wait to be educated.  Now, I need to go find the manual to figure out how to set the clock on the new microwave at the office.

10 comments:

Lexi said...

I have the same problem. You are much more savvy than I. When you figure it out, let me know!

Kellie Kamryn said...

I am on Goodreads as another way to have my name out there, but other than reading, adding and reviewing books, I don't participate in any discussions. I've heard some of the discussions get nasty, so I just keep to myself!

Suzanne Johnson said...

I'm on Goodreads (both of me, LOL), but like Kellie, I log what I'm reading. I have my blog feed into my author page. I "friend" anyone who requests it. I gnash my teeth silently over "reviews" (Does "Holy Crap, Bathman--this book sucks" count as a review?), etc. I don't get into any of the discussions, either, because on GR it seems as if you need to be a writer, or a reader. Being both is hard, and I've heard of too many authors getting attacked when they step into discussions. I do click "like" when someone gives my book a review I enjoyed :-) (Holy Crap Batman did not get a "like" although I actually enjoyed it in a perverse sort of way.)

Suzanne Johnson said...

Okay, "Bathman" should have been "Batman." I really would have clicked "like" had it been "bathman."

M.V.Freeman said...

I am on there, I post reviews and look at others. (Ok, so I am not prolific).

Sometimes the bad reveiws will give me incentive to buy the book--why? Because in that rant-I find what I DO like about a book.

@Suzanne---I really like the Bathman! :D

But its also where readers go to look up things and that's the point, find readers. ;)

Chris Bailey said...

Heather, when you started our chapter's social media directory, I immediately created a goodreads page for myself. What was that, a year and a half ago? I created a list of books I've read off some master suggestion list, and maybe I posted a review. I've said yes to friend requests. When prompted, I've clicked on a few author pages from time to time. I'm not sure if I could locate my own page today. I get emails from Goodreads. I'm really fast with the delete button. I should be writing-writing, not writing about writing.

What I find about book suggestions is that if I don't know someone well, I don't automatically believe that the book they loved will be a book I will love. I guess it's old fashioned, but I depend on offline friends and my husband for tips about new books. And that's enough. If I'm writing in even 50 percent of my spare time, I don't have time to read much more than a book a week.

Crystal-Rain Love said...

I pretty much use it just to keep track of books I want, and books I have already read. It's nice to have my own books on there and see the ratings for them (the good ones... lol ) but I really don't pay much attention to the feed or seek out people to friend. I do accept whatever friend requests are sent my way.

Carla Swafford said...

I'm like Suzanne. As a writer, I click LIKE on any reviews I deem worthy (my books or others) and have my blog posts show up there and have a copy of my book trailer there too. Plus I entered my books as giveaways in their program. Amazing how many people checked out my blog and website since then because of that (I think).

As a reader, I keep up with what books I read or reading. Look around every once and a while to see what people are saying is hot (not always the same ones on the NYT list), but pretty much keep my mouth shut (or keyboard locked). I don't review any books - don't need those authors or their fans attacking me and mine.

I figure people can get an idea of what I write by what I read. Whenever I get a bad review, I look at the books they normally read. Often they don't even read my type of books. Duh!

There's a lot to the site I haven't delved into, but I'll ask my sis about it Sunday. She's on there a lot.

Carla Swafford said...

Great post, Heather.

Cari Hislop said...

A few months ago I took myself off all "network sites" (which is sort of like cutting off my nose to spite my face because now I have no idea what my siblings are up to) but I'm much happier. I found it too stressful. I never joined Goodreads as it looked like a lot of work and that would have stressed me out. I have my blog where I go on about what I read or think or take photos of etc and that works for me. I think if your heart isn't in doing something (like Goodreads) then it's not going to have that energy-zing that will pull in your readers. Saying that, my husband has said that my books have been metioned on there. Whether that is a good or bad thing I remain blissfully in the dark!