Goodreads Adds eBook Downloads

April 9, 2009

Thanks to @bencrowder for the info: Goodreads has added eBook formats (Mobipocket, pdf, txt, ePub) for downloads of over 1, 000 books, so this includes titles for Kindle or Amazon iPhone App users.


Goodreads Adds Google Book Preview

March 18, 2009

Goodreads now offers a link to previews of books through Google Book Search when available. You can view and search the text while still inside Goodreads. One thing that would be nice is a jump-to-page option, but that’s okay. For more of the GoogleBook functionality, Goodreads also links out to the GoogleBook page for the book.

This is part of the reason why I love Goodreads. It’s not that they are innovative–it’s that their innovations are so useful (e.g., does anyone else think it’s cool that it will search WorldCat?).

As an old cataloger,  I wish our OPACs were as versatile and useful as Goodreads and other book-lover sites.

Facebook Free

June 19, 2008

No FacebookToday marks two weeks since my personal boycott of Facebook. What could make me do this? Well, two weeks ago they notified me that they had changed my password…without my permission. The only explanation was “for security reasons.” I was upset, but I quickly emailed them to reset my password to the old password. I only got an automatic email response saying “The Facebook Team” will look at my request. I emailed two other times after that with the same results. For almost two weeks that was all. Monday I actually got a response from a real person who said that my password was reset. Great!

No. Not great. My password was reset to another random one, not my original which I requested. My request was either ignored or not even read!

GoodreadsContrast this very poor customer service with Goodreads. I like Goodreads for somethings, but I love Listal because you can make lists private. Goodreads does not currently allow you to specify if one of your shelves is private, semi-private or public. I emailed them and suggested that capability. Within a day or two I got a response saying that there are no plans to do this but that it will be considered. Of course I was disappointed, but Goodreads still showed me, a user, that they care about requests and comments.

Is our library listening to what our users are asking? When the answer to their inquiry is ‘no,’ are we understanding or uncaring?

If Facebook would just say, “Look, we recognize you don’t want to change you password but we can’t control this. We wish we could. Sorry” I would be happy and I would suck it up and change my password *sigh*. This is essentially what Goodreads told me which is why I am still using them happily.

The message: Show me you listen! Show me some empathy!

Goodreads 1, FB 0

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