Goodreads

Goodreads is a "social cataloging" website that allows individuals to freely search its database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists. They can also create their own groups of book suggestions, surveys, polls, blogs, and discussions. The website's offices are located in San Francisco.[2] The company is owned by the online retailer Amazon.

Goodreads was founded in December 2006 and launched in January 2007 by Otis Chandler, a software engineer and entrepreneur, and Elizabeth Khuri.[3][4] The website grew rapidly in popularity after being launched. In December 2007, the site had over 650,000 members[5] and over 10,000,000 books had been added.[6] By July 2012, the site reported 10 million members, 20 million monthly visits, and 30 employees.[7] On July 23, 2013, it was announced on their website that the user base had grown to 20 million members, having doubled in close to 11 months.[8] On March 28, 2013, Amazon announced its acquisition of Goodreads.[9]

Goodreads
Goodreads logo
Type of site
Book
Available inEnglish
OwnerAmazon
Created byOtis Chandler
Elizabeth Khuri
Websitewww.goodreads.com
Alexa rankNegative increase 378 (October 2018)[1]
CommercialYes
RegistrationFree
LaunchedDecember 2006
Current statusActive

History

The Chandlers created Goodreads in 2006. Goodreads' stated mission is "to help people find and share books they love ... [and] to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the world."[4] Goodreads also addressed "what publishers call the 'discoverability' problem" by guiding consumers in the digital age to find books they might want to read.[10]

During its first year of business, the company was run without any formal funding. In December 2007, the site received funding estimated at $750,000 from angel investors.[6] This funding lasted Goodreads until 2009, when Goodreads received two million dollars from True Ventures.[11] In October 2010 the company opened its application programming interface, which enabled developers to access its ratings and titles.[12] Goodreads also received a small commission when a user clicks over from its site to an online bookseller and makes a purchase.[3]

In 2011, Goodreads acquired Discovereads, a book recommendation engine that employs "machine learning algorithms to analyze which books people might like, based on books they've liked in the past and books that people with similar tastes have liked."[3][13] After a user has rated 20 books on its five-star scale, the site will begin making recommendations. Otis Chandler believed this rating system would be superior to Amazon's, as Amazon's includes books a user has browsed or purchased as gifts when determining its recommendations.[3][13] Later that year, Goodreads introduced an algorithm to suggest books to registered users and had over five million members.[14] The New Yorker's Macy Halford noted that the algorithm wasn't perfect, as the number of books needed to create a perfect recommendation system is so large that "by the time I'd got halfway there, my reading preferences would have changed and I'd have to start over again."[15]

In October 2012, Goodreads announced it had grown to 11 million members with 395 million books catalogued and over 20,000 book clubs created by its users.[16] A month later, in November 2012, Goodreads had surpassed 12 million members, with the member base having doubled in one year.[17]

In March 2013, Amazon made an agreement to acquire Goodreads in the second quarter of 2013 for an undisclosed sum.[18][19][20] In September 2013, Goodreads announced it would delete, without warning, reviews that mention the behavior of an author or threats against an author.[21]

In January 2016, Amazon announced that it would shut down Shelfari (a competitor previously acquired by Amazon) in favor of Goodreads effective March 16, 2016. Users were offered the ability to export data and migrate accounts.[22]

In April 2016, Goodreads announced that over 50 million user reviews had been posted.[23]

Features

Book discovery

On the Goodreads website, users can add books to their personal bookshelves, rate and review books, see what their friends and authors are reading, participate in discussion boards and groups on a variety of topics, and get suggestions for future reading choices based on their reviews of previously read books.[24] Once users have added friends to their profile, they will see their friends' shelves and reviews and can comment on friends' pages. Goodreads features a rating system of one to five stars, with the option of accompanying the rating with a written review. The site provides default bookshelves—read, currently-reading, to-read—and the opportunity to create customized shelves to categorize a user's books.[25]

Content access

Goodreads users can read or listen to a preview of a book on the website using Kindle Cloud Reader and Audible.[26] Goodreads also offers quizzes and trivia, quotations, book lists, and free giveaways. Members can receive the regular newsletter featuring new books, suggestions, author interviews, and poetry. If a user has written a work, the work can be linked on the author's profile page, which also includes an author's blog.[27] Goodreads organizes offline opportunities as well, such as IRL book exchanges and "literary pub crawls".[28]

User interaction

The website facilitates reader interactions with authors through the interviews, giveaways, authors' blogs, and profile information. There is also a special section for authors with suggestions for promoting their works on Goodreads.com, aimed at helping them reach their target audience.[29] By 2011, "seventeen thousand authors, including James Patterson and Margaret Atwood" used Goodreads to advertise.[3]

Additionally, Goodreads has a presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social networking sites.[30][31][32] Linking a Goodreads account with a social networking account like Facebook enables the ability to import contacts from the social networking account to Goodreads, expanding one's Goodreads "Friends" list. There are settings available, as well, to allow Goodreads to post straight to a social networking account, which informs, e.g., Facebook friends, what one is reading or how one rated a book. This constant linkage from Goodreads to other social networking sites keeps information flowing and connectivity continuous.[33]

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (version 2) and Kindle Voyage feature integration with Goodreads' social network via a user interface button.[34]

Reading Challenge

Users can set themselves an annual reading challenge which constitutes a target number of books to be read in each year. A tracker is added to the users homepage which provides a progress bar given as the percentage of the target. The tracker also informs the user whether they are "on track to complete" their reading challenge or states the number of books "behind-" or "ahead- of schedule" they are. In 2018, over 4 million users set themselves a reading challenge[35].

Catalog data

Book catalog data was seeded with large imports from various closed and open data sources, including individual publishers, Ingram,[36] Amazon (before 2012 and after 2013),[37][38] Worldcat and the Library of Congress.[39]

Goodreads librarians improve book information on the website, including editing book and author information and adding cover images. Goodreads members can apply to become volunteer librarians after they have 50 books on their profile.[40] Goodreads librarians coordinate on the Goodreads Librarian Group.[41]

User data becomes proprietary to Goodreads[42] though available via an application programming interface, or API,[43] unlike similar projects like The Open Library which publish the catalog and user edits as open data.

Amazon requirements controversy

In January 2012, Goodreads switched from using Amazon's public Product Advertising API for book metadata (such as title, author, and number of pages) to book wholesaler Ingram.[44] Goodreads felt Amazon's requirements for using its API were too restrictive, and the combination of Ingram, the Library of Congress, and other sources would be more flexible. Some users worried that their reading records would be lost, but Goodreads had a number of plans in place to ease the transition and ensure that no data was lost, even for titles that might be in danger of deletion because they were available only through Amazon, such as Kindle editions and self-published works on Amazon.[44] In May 2013, as a result of Goodreads' acquisition by Amazon, Goodreads began using Amazon's data again.[45]

Competition and review fairness

In 2012, a reviewer wrote a poor review of a novel. The author and publisher discussed publicly on Twitter how to "knock it off" the front page of the novel's Goodreads page. This sparked a furor about the relationship between authors and reviewers on Goodreads.[46] Also in 2012, Goodreads received criticism from users about the availability and tone of reviews posted on the site;[47] some users and websites stating that certain reviewers were harassing and encouraging attacks on authors. Goodreads publicly posted its review guidelines in August 2012 to address these issues.[48] Later, new owner Amazon reiterated the policy and augmented it to include deletion of any review containing "an ad hominem attack or an off-topic comment".[49] Several news sources reported the announcement, noting Amazon's business reasons for the move:

Where authors were threatening a mass account cancellation to protest the bullying, many of the reader users who commented on the announcement are now threatening the same thing. And while much of this might seem like nothing more than petty playground behavior between children who honestly do not have a clear good guy or bad guy, keep in mind that several e-book retailers incorporate the Goodreads' API into their sales pages, effectively posting book reviews that many in the Goodreads community know to be false, and nothing more than an act of revenge against an author; real-world sales decisions have been made by consumers based on these reviews.

— Mercy Pilkington, Good E-Reader News[50]

Regarding the 2013 Amazon acquisition of Goodreads, the New York Times said, "Goodreads was a rival to Amazon as a place for discovering books" and that this deal "consolidates Amazon's power to determine which authors get exposure for their work".[51] Some authors, however, believe the purchase means that the "best place to discuss books is joining up with the best place to buy books".[51]

Goodreads Choice Awards

The Goodreads Choice Awards is a yearly award program, first launched on Goodreads in 2009. Users are able to vote for the books that Goodreads has nominated and are also able to nominate books of their choosing, released in the given year. The majority of books that Goodreads itself nominates are from Goodreads authors. The final voting round collects the top 10 books from 20 different categories.[52]

Winners

Category 2009[53] 2010[54] 2011[55] 2012[56] 2013[57] 2014[58] 2015[59] 2016[60] 2017[61] 2018[62]
Best of the Best Angie Thomas (Best Debut Author 2017 for The Hate U Give)
Best Fiction The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
Room
by Emma Donoghue
1Q84
by Haruki Murakami
The Casual Vacancy
by J. K. Rowling
And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
Landline
by Rainbow Rowell
Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee
Truly Madly Guilty
by Liane Moriarty
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
Best Non-fiction Columbine
by Dave Cullen
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
by Alexandra Robbins
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
by Temple Grandin & Richard Panek
The Opposite of Loneliness
by Marina Keegan
Modern Romance: An Investigation
by Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg
Hamilton: The Revolution
by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter
How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
by Lilly Singh
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Best Mystery & Thriller The Girl Who Played with Fire
by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
by Stieg Larsson
Smokin' Seventeen
by Janet Evanovich
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
Inferno
by Dan Brown
Mr. Mercedes
by Stephen King
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
End of Watch
by Stephen King
Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins
The Outsider by Stephen King
Best Fantasy Dead and Gone
by Charlaine Harris
Towers of Midnight
by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
A Dance with Dragons
by George R. R. Martin
The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole
by Stephen King
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
The Book of Life
by Deborah Harkness
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
by Neil Gaiman
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
by J. K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
by J. K. Rowling
Circe by Madeline Miller
Best Science Fiction Leviathan
by Scott Westerfeld
Feed
by Mira Grant
11/22/63
by Stephen King
The Long Earth
by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
MaddAddam
by Margaret Atwood
The Martian
by Andy Weir
Golden Son
by Pierce Brown
Morning Star
by Pierce Brown
Artemis
by Andy Weir
Vengeful by VE Schwab
Best Chick Lit The Last Song
by Nicholas Sparks
Best Romance An Echo in the Bone
by Diana Gabaldon
Lover Mine
by J. R. Ward
Lover Unleashed
by J. R. Ward
Fifty Shades Freed
by E. L. James
Lover at Last
by J. R. Ward
Written in My Own Heart's Blood
by Diana Gabaldon
Confess
by Colleen Hoover
It Ends With Us
by Colleen Hoover
Without Merit
by Colleen Hoover
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Best Young Adult Fiction Along for the Ride
by Sarah Dessen
Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver
Where She Went
by Gayle Forman
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Best Young Adult Series Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
Best Graphic Novel(& Comics from 2011) Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
by Neil Gaiman
Twilight: The Graphic Novel
by Stephenie Meyer
Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel
by Richelle Mead
The Walking Dead Vol. 16: A Larger World
by Robert Kirkman
Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl and artist Cassandra Jean
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind
by Zack Whedon, Fábio Moon and Daniel Dos Santos
Saga - Volume Four
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Adulthood is a Myth
by Sarah Andersen
Big Mushy Happy Lump
by Sarah Andersen
Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen
Best Children's (& Middle Grade from 2010) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
by Jeff Kinney
The Son of Neptune
by Rick Riordan
The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordan
The House of Hades
by Rick Riordan
The Blood of Olympus
by Rick Riordan
The Sword of Summer
by Rick Riordan
The Trials of Apollo
by Rick Riordan
The Ship of the Dead
by Rick Riordan
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
Best Picture Book Blueberry Girl
by Neil Gaiman
It's a Book
by Lane Smith
When I Grow Up
by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
by Ian Falconer
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (I Do Not!)
by Mo Willems
The Day the Crayons Came Home
by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
The Thank You Book
by Mo Willems
We're All Wonders
by R. J. Palacio
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
Best Paranormal Fantasy Dead in the Family
by Charlaine Harris
Shadowfever
by Karen Marie Moning
Shadow of Night
by Deborah Harkness
Cold Days
by Jim Butcher
Best Historical Fiction Fall of Giants
by Ken Follett
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain
The Light Between Oceans
by M. L. Stedman
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Best Poetry Come On All You Ghosts
by Matthew Zapruder
Horoscopes for the Dead
by Billy Collins
A Thousand Mornings
by Mary Oliver
The Fall of Arthur
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Lullabies
by Lang Leav
The Dogs I Have Kissed
by Trista Mateer
The Princess Saves Herself in This One
by Amanda Lovelace
The Sun and Her Flowers
by Rupi Kaur
The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Best History & Biography The Tudors
by G. J. Meyer
Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson
Jim Henson: The Biography
by Brian Jay Jones
The Romanov Sisters
by Helen Rappaport
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson
Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man,
by William Shatner
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
Best Memoir & Autobiography Unbearable Lightness
by Portia de Rossi
Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love
by Matthew Logelin
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed
I am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai
This Star Won't Go Out
by Esther Earl
A Work in Progress
by Connor Franta
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
What Happened
by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Educated by Tara Westover
Best Humor Bite Me: A Love Story
by Christopher Moore
Bossypants
by Tina Fey
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson
Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh
Yes Please
by Amy Poehler
Why Not Me?
by Mindy Kaling
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
by Lauren Graham
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Best Young Adult Fantasy (& Science Fiction from 2011) Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins
Divergent
by Veronica Roth
Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
Allegiant
by Veronica Roth
City of Heavenly Fire
by Cassandra Clare
Queen of Shadows
by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin
by Sarah J. Maas
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Best (Goodreads) Debut Author Rebecca Skloot
(The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)
Emma Chase
(Tangled)
Pierce Brown
(Red Rising)
Victoria Aveyard
(Red Queen)
Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands) Angie Thomas
(The Hate U Give)
Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone)
Best Cover Art Torment
by Lauren Kate
Best Horror Graveminder
by Melissa Marr
The Twelve
by Justin Cronin
Doctor Sleep
by Stephen King
Prince Lestat
by Anne Rice
Saint Odd
by Dean Koontz
The Fireman
by Joe Hill
Sleeping Beauties
by Stephen King and Owen King
Elevation by Stephen King
Best Food & Cooking My Father's Daughter
by Gwyneth Paltrow
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
by Ree Drummond
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
by Tim Federle
Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
by Ina Garten
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime
by Ree Drummond
Cravings
by Chrissy Teigen
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!
by Ree Drummond
Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman
Best Travel & Outdoors Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
Best Goodreads Author Cassandra Clare
(City of Fallen Angels)
Veronica Roth
(Insurgent)
Best Business #GIRLBOSS
by Sophia Amoruso
Best Science & Technology Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish
by John Hargrove
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
by Frans De Waal
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Multiple wins

Several authors have won multiple Goodreads Readers Choice Awards or the same award in multiple years. The table below sets out those authors to have won more than one award:

(Listed by number of wins, then alphabetically by surname)

Number of wins Author Winning categories
8 Stephen King Best Science Fiction (2011), Best Fantasy (2012), Best Horror (2013, 2017, 2018), Best Mystery & Thriller (2014, 2016, 2018)
Rick Riordan Best Children's & Middle Grade (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
5 Veronica Roth Best Book (2011), Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2011, 2012, 2013), Best Goodreads Author (2012)
4 Suzanne Collins Best Book (2009, 2010), Best Young Adult Series (2009), Best Young Adult Fantasy (2011)
Neil Gaiman Best Fantasy (2013, 2015), Best Graphic Novel (2009), Best Picture Book (2009)
Sarah J. Maas Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
3 Sarah Andersen Best Graphic Novel and Comics (2016, 2017, 2018)
Pierce Brown Best Goodreads Debut Author (2014), Best Science Fiction (2015, 2016)
Ree Drummond Best Food & Cooking (2012, 2015, 2017)
Colleen Hoover Best Romance (2015, 2016, 2017)
J. K. Rowling Best Fiction (2012), Best Fantasy (2016, 2017)
Angie Thomas Best Goodreads Debut Author (2017), Best Young Adult Fiction (2017), Best of the Best (2018)
J. R. Ward Best Romance (2010, 2011, 2013)
2 Cassandra Clare Best Goodreads Author (2011), Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2014),
Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers Best Picture Book (2013, 2015)
Diana Gabaldon Best Romance (2009, 2014)
Kristin Hannah Best Historical Fiction (2015, 2018)
Deborah Harkness Best Paranormal Fantasy (2012), Best Fantasy (2014)
Charlaine Harris Best Fantasy (2009), Best Paranormal Fantasy (2010)
Paula Hawkins Best Mystery & Thriller (2015, 2017)
Jeff Kinney Best Children's & Middle Grade (2009, 2010)
Stieg Larsson Best Mystery & Thriller (2009, 2010)
Amanda Lovelace Best Poetry (2016, 2018)
Rainbow Rowell Best Fiction (2014), Best Young Adult Fiction (2013)
Rebecca Skloot Best Non-fiction (2010), Best Debut Author (2010)
Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman Best Food & Cooking (2016, 2018)
Andy Weir Best Science Fiction (2014, 2017)
Mo Willems Best Picture Book (2014, 2016)

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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is a musical reference book first published in 2005 by Universe Publishing. Part of the 1001 Before You Die series, it compiles writings and information on albums chosen by a panel of music critics to be the most important, influential, and best in popular music between the 1950s and the 2010s. The book was edited by Robert Dimery, an English writer and editor who had previously worked for magazines such as Time Out and Vogue.Each entry in the book's list of albums is accompanied by a short essay written by a music critic, along with pictures, quotes, and additional information (such as the album's running time and producer). Only albums consisting fully of original material by a particular artist were included, which meant that compilations by various artists, including most film soundtracks, were also excluded.The most recent edition consists of a list of albums released between 1955 and 2017, part of a series from Quintessence Editions Ltd. The book is arranged roughly chronologically, starting with Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours and the most recent edition concluding with I See You by The xx.

Amazon (company)

Amazon.com, Inc., doing business as Amazon (), is a multinational technology company focusing in e-commerce, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence in Seattle, Washington.

Amazon is the largest e-commerce marketplace and cloud computing platform in the world as measured by revenue and market capitalization. Amazon.com was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994, and started as an online bookstore but later diversified to sell video downloads/streaming, MP3 downloads/streaming, audiobook downloads/streaming, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry. The company also owns a publishing arm, Amazon Publishing, a film and television studio, Amazon Studios, produces consumer electronics lines including Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Echo devices, and is the world's largest provider of cloud infrastructure services (IaaS and PaaS) through its AWS subsidiary. Amazon has separate retail websites for some countries and also offers international shipping of some of its products to certain other countries. 100 million people subscribe to Amazon Prime.Amazon is the largest Internet company by revenue in the world and the second largest employer in the United States. In 2015, Amazon surpassed Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the United States by market capitalization. In 2017, Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market for $13.4 billion, which vastly increased Amazon's presence as a brick-and-mortar retailer. The acquisition was interpreted by some as a direct attempt to challenge Walmart's traditional retail stores.

Blio

Blio is a free-to-download e-reader software platform created by Ray Kurzweil that was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January 2010. The Blio e-reader preserves typography and supports color illustrations, features that make it particularly effective for certain categories of books not well supported by E Ink, such as cookbooks and children's books. Blio also comes with text-to-speech integration, with support for both a computerized voice and synchronization with professionally recorded audiobooks.Blio iPhone app supports Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) mode which lets you read up to 1000 words per minute with each word presented individually. The reader controls the rate of presentation with a screen thumb dial.

Blio is available for download on Microsoft Windows, Google Android devices with a version optimized for Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet computers, and Apple iOS devices.

Blio also has a bookstore, backed by Baker & Taylor. It offers thousands of full color books from hundreds of publishers, with reviews and ratings from Goodreads. Library borrowers may download Baker & Taylor ebooks and audiobooks borrowed from public libraries' Axis 360 platform via the Blio app.

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson (born December 19, 1975) is an American fantasy and science fiction writer. He is best known for the Cosmere universe, in which most of his fantasy novels (most notably the Mistborn series and The Stormlight Archive) are set. He is also known for finishing Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time.

Sanderson was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska before attending Brigham Young University, where he received degrees in English literature and creative writing. In 2008 Sanderson started a podcast with author Dan Wells and cartoonist Howard Tayler called Writing Excuses, involving topics about creating genre writing and webcomics.

In 2016, the American media company DMG Entertainment licensed the movie rights to Sanderson's entire Cosmere universe.He also created Sanderson's Laws of Magic and popularized the terms hard magic and soft magic systems.

Earth Awakens

Earth Awakens is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, and the third book of the First Formic Wars trilogy of novels in the Ender's Game series. It was released on June 10, 2014. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for science fiction.

Henderson's Boys

Henderson's Boys is a series of young adult spy novels written by English author Robert Muchamore. The series follows Charles Henderson, the creator of the fictitious CHERUB organisation. The novels are set between 1940 and 1945, during the Nazi occupation of France in World War II. Throughout the novels, Henderson leads a series of war missions, aided by children.Henderson's Boys is a spin-off of the CHERUB series, which centres on the peacetime version of the organisation during the 2000s and 2010s. Henderson's Boys reveals various features of the CHERUB organisation's origins.

Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson (born 10 May 1967) is a Welsh journalist and documentary filmmaker whose works include The Men Who Stare at Goats (2004) and The Psychopath Test (2011). He has been described as a gonzo journalist, becoming a faux-naïf character in his stories.He produces informal but sceptical investigations of controversial fringe politics and science. He has published nine books and his work has appeared in British publications such as The Guardian, City Life and Time Out. He has made several BBC Television documentary films and two documentary series for Channel 4.

King Raven Trilogy

The King Raven Trilogy is a series of historical novels by American writer Stephen R. Lawhead, based on the Robin Hood legend. Lawhead relocates Robin Hood from Sherwood Forest in Nottingham to Wales, and sets the story in the late eleventh century, after the Battle of Hastings and to coincide with the Norman invasion of Wales and the struggles the Cymry (Welsh) people against the Normans, and the political intrigue of medieval Britain. The trilogy consists of three books named Hood, Scarlet, and Tuck. The King Raven series continued his themes of reimagining popular mythology into more authentic and gritty settings, which began with his Pendragon Cycle.

List of awards and nominations received by Stephen King

Stephen King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, crime fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books. King has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman and six non-fiction books. He has written nearly 200 short stories, most of which have been collected in book collections.

King has received multiple awards and nominations for his work, including multiple Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and British Fantasy Society Awards as well as the National Medal of Arts, Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the O. Henry Award. He has also received awards for his contribution to literature for his entire oeuvre, such as the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2004), the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2007), and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America (2007).

M. Mukundan

Maniyambath Mukundan, (born 10 September 1942) commonly known as M. Mukundan, is an Indian writer of Malayalam literature. Many of his early works are set in Mayyazhi which has earned him the moniker, Mayyazhiyude Kathakaaran. He is known to be one of the pioneers of modernity in Malayalam literature and Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil, Daivathinte Vikrithikal, Kesavante Vilapangal and Pravasam are some of his notable works.

He has received many honours including Vayalar Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. Crossword Book Award and the Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literacy honour of the Government of Kerala. He is also a recipient of the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the Government of France.

Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes is a crime novel by American writer Stephen King. It is his 51st novel and the 44th published under his own name. He calls it his first hard-boiled detective book. It was published on June 3, 2014. On June 10, 2014 the author described Mr. Mercedes on Twitter as the first volume of a projected trilogy; it was followed in June 2015 by Finders Keepers, the first draft of which was finished around the time Mr. Mercedes was published, and in June 2016 by End of Watch.

The novel won the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America and Goodreads Choice Awards for 2014 in the "Mystery and Thriller" category.

Parallel novel

A parallel novel is a piece of literature written within, derived from, or taking place during, the framework of another work of fiction by the same or another author. Parallel novels or "reimagined classics" are works of fiction that "borrow a character and fill in his story, mirror an 'old' plot, or blend the characters of one book with those of another". These stories further the works of already well-known novels by focusing on a minor character and making them the major character. The revised stories may have the same setting and time frame and even the same characters.Goodreads.com maintains a list of its readers' ratings of the most popular parallel novels. In 2018 the top five were: Captive, Wide Sargasso Sea, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (a play, not a novel), Telemachus and Homer, and Descent.Creating parallel novels can have significant legal implications when the copyright of the original author's work has not expired, and a later author makes a parallel novel derived from the original author's work.

Rat-catcher

A rat-catcher is a person who practices rat-catching as a professional form of pest control.

Keeping the rat population under control was practiced in Europe to prevent the spread of diseases, most notoriously the Black Plague, and to prevent damage to food supplies.

In modern developed countries, such a professional is otherwise known as a pest control operative or pest technician.

Ravinder Singh (author)

Ravinder Singh (born 4 February 1982) is an Indian author,software engineer. Ravinder Singh is the best selling romance writer tells Odisha sun times,a newspaper in Odisha. He was born in Burla in the state of Odisha .He started his career as an IT professional in Infosys. He has written eight novels entitled I Too Had a Love Story, Can Love Happen Twice?, Like it happened Yesterday, Love Stories That Touched My Heart, Tell Me A Story, Your Dreams are Mine Now , This Love That Feels Right, Will You Still Love Me.

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead (born November 12, 1976) is an American fantasy author. She is known for the Georgina Kincaid series, Vampire Academy, Bloodlines and the Dark Swan series.

Romancing Mary Jane

Romancing Mary Jane: A Year in the Life of a Failed Marijuana Grower is a non-fiction book, written by Canadian writer Michael Poole, first published in 1998 by Greystone Books. In the book, the author chronicles the regrettable consequences of his decision to cultivate marijuana on a commercial level. Goodreads called the book, an "engaging blend of metaphysics, marijuana, and midlife crisis." A panel of Wilfrid Laurier University judges called Poole's writing, "sheer competence".

Shelfari

Shelfari was a social cataloging website for books that merged with GoodReads. Shelfari users build virtual bookshelves of the titles they own or have read, and can rate, review, tag, and discuss their books. Users can also create groups that other members may join, create discussions, and talk about books, or other topics. Recommendations can be sent to friends on the site for what books to read.

Shelfari was launched on October 11, 2006. In February 2007, Amazon invested $1 million in Shelfari, and moved to acquire it a year later in August 2008.In January 2016, the site announced "Shelfari is merging with Goodreads". As of June 2016, the site was decommissioned (all links redirect to Goodreads' website). Despite mention of a merger, users complain that the most important Shelfari features have not been merged (primarily that the comments system doesn't allow detailed discussions of books, and background information on each book's main characters has been discarded).

Steve Miller (science fiction writer)

Steve Miller (born July 31, 1950) is an American science fiction writer from Winslow, Maine, best known for his works set in the Liaden universe, written in collaboration with his wife Sharon Lee.

The Son of Neptune

The Son of Neptune is a 2011 fantasy-adventure novel written by American author Rick Riordan, based on Greek and Roman mythology. It is the second book in The Heroes of Olympus series, preceded by The Lost Hero and followed by The Mark of Athena. The story follows the adventures of amnesiac Percy Jackson, a demigod son of Poseidon, as he meets a camp of Roman demigods and goes to Alaska with his new friends Hazel Levesque and Frank Zhang to free the Greek god of death, Thanatos and help save the world from Gaea, the earth goddess. The novel is narrated in third-person, switching between the points of view of Percy, Frank, and Hazel.

The book received mostly critical acclaim, won the Goodreads Choice Award in 2011, and appeared on several bestseller lists.The Son of Neptune was first published in hardcover on October 4, 2011 by Disney-Hyperion with a cover designed by illustrator John Rocco. After an initial hardcover printing of three million copies, the book has since been released in paperback as well as an audiobook and e-book, and has been translated into 37 languages.

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