Update on Goodreads integration
When Amazon bought Goodreads (the social reading site) in 2013, there was quite a bit of gnashing of teeth…but also some excitement about how that might make things more convenient.
Slowly, they’ve been bringing Goodreads functionality into the Fires/Kindles, and in a lesser way, making the Goodreads site work with your Kindle books in more ways.
I’ve noticed some big improvements recently, so I thought I’d update you. When an existing feature is improved, not everybody is always aware of it. Even if it pops up to tell you, you might blow past it because you are anxious to get to that next chapter. 😉
Let me talk about it first on my
because that’s where I first noticed the improvements. 😉 There’s actually a good reason for that. I usually read with the wireless connected on my Fire, and with it off on my Paperwhite.
When I opened a book for the first time, it offered to add it to my “Now Reading”. That was a nice touch: with one tap, it showed up on Goodreads.
When I tap towards the top middle of the screen in a book, to bring up the toolbar, I get a Goodreads choice. Tapping that lets me update my reading progress (automatically…it knows where I am in the book), and I could add a comment on that if I want. It also shows me a progress bar for where I am in the book…again, that’s nice.
Do note that it will automatically update Facebook and/or Twitter, if you have connected those on your device. I would prefer it not do that, so I uncheck Twitter before updating.
There is also a link so I can View reviews of the book on Goodreads…worked smoothly, with being able to see them in about a second. Since I’m there, I could also rate the book, ask a question about it…and open a Goodreads menu (horizontal lines in your top left corner). That gave me these choices:
- My Profile
- All Shelved Books
- Want To Read
- Add Your Amazon Books
- Edit Profile
- Go to Fire Library
That last one means that, although I can’t download directly from the Goodreads listing, I can simply go to my library and download a book.
One flaw: I added a shelf on Goodreads, but it didn’t seem to show as a shelf when I got to it this way.
When I finish a book, it lets me rate it and review it (both on Amazon and on Goodreads), and write a review. There is an option which lets me choose to update it just on Amazon or just on Goodreads or on both…up to me.
I would say the integration within a book is now good.
There is also the Goodreads app on my Fire. That has all the same menu choices I had from within the book…in fact, it’s pretty clear the book path just took me to the app.
Next, let’s look at it on the
The look there is quite different.
When I tap the “g” from within a book, it shows me the book and reviews, but doesn’t give me the choice to update my reading progress.
I can check my Updates, My Shelves, and Friends.
Honestly, the Fire has a better interface on this, in my opinion.
The “app” on the Paperwhite is, again, very similar to what you see from within the book, except that it doesn’t feature that specific book.
Finally, what about from
Well, you can add books from Amazon to Goodreads, although it didn’t appear to me that it could find all of my Kindle store books.
I don’t see much other functionality relative to Amazon: you can buy a copy, but there isn’t a link that says you can have it delivered to a device if you already have it. However, if you click or tap the “Get a copy: Amazon” button, it takes you to the book’s Amazon product page. From there, you can deliver it to one of your devices if you already own the e-book…or, of course, buy it.
Overall, I’d say they’ve made great progress on the Fire, some progress on the Paperwhite, and a bit on the Goodreads website. 🙂
What do you think? Do you use the Goodreads functionality on your Fire and/or on your tablet? What’s your experience with it? Is there functionality you would like to see added? If so, what is it? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.
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