Not so long ago, I found myself grumbling about how us authors and readers had to “save” books on Goodreads before they were lost in the website’s system. It’s sometimes easy to feel like an insignificant blip dealing with a faceless, unapproachable mega entity. But more recently while I was surfing around the website, I found something about Goodreads that made me smile. I discovered one way Goodreads is helping to encourage reading all over the world.
Check out the Do Good with Goodreads page. From this section of its website, Goodreads features different charitable foundations dedicated to supporting education and literacy each month.
Currently, a list of 30 charities are listed on Goodreads. The charities vary in scope from international to local. From the International Book Project that sends 200,000 books each year to South America, Asia and Africa to World Book Night where selected volunteers hand out 20 paperbacks to local readers – there’s an array of charities listed!
Here’s the one that stood out to me: the African Library Project. Did you know for just $500 for shipping with 1,000 gently used books, you can start a library in rural Africa through the charity? Goodreads provides links to how to get involved with each charity, connecting Goodreads users to the charitys’ webpages.
The link to the Do Good with Goodreads page is found off the Goodreads Voice page, which offers lots of fun features – links to author interviews (in written and video formats), book suggestions by well-known authors, and more. Once you’re logged on to Goodreads, go to the Explore tab on the top menu bar and click the Goodreads Voice link.
It’s Your turn, WG2E-Land: What are your fave reading-related charities? And what kinds of things are you doing to spread the love of reading around the world?
The Best of WG2E Goodreads Guru Wishes — Tamara Ward