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Goodreads for Android

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Key Details of Goodreads

  • Discover, share, and review books with your friends and millions of others.
  • Last updated on May 9, 2024
  • There have been 9 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Goodreads for Android connects you to the Web's most active social network for book lovers, but lacks many of the features of the Web site. Even in its current form, however, it remains a worthwhile download for avid readers.

Pros

Packs the essential features of the Web site: With Goodreads for Android, you can browse through more than 12 million titles, add them to your library or reading list, rate them, check reviews, and share titles with your friends. As a mobile user, accessing these features through the app proves to be more convenient than using the Web site.

Includes a potent barcode scanner: You can scan one book or several books with the Automatic shelving feature, which enables you to quickly build up a digital library. We were impressed by how quickly the scanner worked -- just place a barcode inside the app's viewfinder rectangle, and that's it.

Encourages book discovery: If you're not sure what to read next, this app can help you discover interesting titles based on your preferred authors or categories. And since most books are rated, you can easily figure out whether a book is worth buying or not without having to read reviews that contain spoilers.

Cons

Lacks features: You can't edit your user profile, browse book lists made by other users, join groups, or comment on books. If you are familiar with the Goodreads Web site, you'll notice many other missing features as you use this app.

Suffers from a clunky interface: The interface emulates the Web site, but overall it's slow and rather drab, with tiny fonts on a tablet, a cluttered layout, and book lists that are hard to browse. But the main issue is the performance; this app just isn't smooth.

Bottom Line

Goodreads for Android could do with more features and some interface improvements. That said, if you're a book lover, it will appeal to you, especially if you want to keep track of the books you read and discover new, interesting titles for your reading list. Just don't expect it to provide all the functionality of the Web site, or you'll be disappointed.

What's new in version 2.56.0-build-9

  • Your desktop newsfeed preferences are reflected in the newsfeed!
  • Add Facebook Friends is always an option in the Add Friends view
  • Series information is displayed in search results and on the series page
  • Selected shelves are retained when adding a new tag or shelf
  • Bug fixes and improvements

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
January 9, 2019
Latest update
May 9, 2024
Version
2.56.0-build-9
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Android
Operating System
Android 13.0
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
613
Downloads Last Week
1

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Developer's Description

Discover, share, and review books with your friends and millions of others.

Find, get, and share books you love on Goodreads, the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. More than 75 million members have added more than 2.2 billion books to their shelves.

Goodreads is a free service.

FIND & GET BOOKS

  • Scan book covers to instantly read reviews and save it on your Want to Read shelf.
  • Get personalized recommendations based on your tastes.
  • Browse featured books and genres to discover more books you'll love.
  • See what your friends are reading.
  • Buy or borrow books with our convenient links.

TRACK & SHARE BOOKS

  • Search, rate, and review any book in our catalog.
  • Keep track of books you want to read and have read.
  • Add status updates for books you're currently reading.
  • Join the Reading Challenge to help you read more.
  • Discuss books through messages, reviews, and groups.
  • Recommend books to friends.