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I’m kind of a wannabe bookworm. I love reading, and I read often, but I find that I spend way too much time reading online articles and blog posts and not enough time reading books. I even bought a Kindle to force myself to read more books. It’s helped, but I think that I can do better. One of my big struggles is finding good books to read (if you have recommendation, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org). I occasionally get a good recommendation from a friend, and Amazon’s recommendation isn’t bad, but I need something more. Goodreads is a service that aims to solve my problem. They’re based in San Francisco, CA (with an office in Santa Monica, CA), and they are “the largest social network for readers in the world” with “more than 5,300,000 members who have added more than 160,000,000 books to their shelves.”
Goodreads is essentially a personal book management system. You can give and receive recommendations, keep track of what you’re reading and what you’ve read, and even form book clubs. It seems like the ultimate book discovery engine, which is why I’m definitely going to give it a try. The wonderful thing about what Goodreads does is that it’s super easy to monetize. If your site is all about recommending new books, then you can use affiliate links to take a cut of the books that people buy from sites like Amazon.com and BN.com. Additionally, Goodreads offers the opportunity for authors, publishers, and others to advertise directly to an audience of highly engaged, avid readers. The best thing about it is that the advertising is actually a service to users–it makes their experience better. Who cares if you find out about a really cool book from a friend or from an ad? If you love books and want to be a part of what Goodreads is doing, check out their Jobs page. Right now they’re looking for Software Engineers, User Interface Designers, and Advertising Account Managers, so take a look at the positions and see what fits.
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