My writer friend Rhonda Hopkins recently tuned me into two bits of interesting news about Goodreads.
According to the Goodreads website, every second, six books are added to the site. Whoa! That’s a lot of books. That’s more than the rate of the number of human births per second throughout world (either 3 or 4 births per second, depending on what data you believe).
We’re posting books faster than popping out babies! The Goodreads library currently has more than 360 million books, more than the estimated population of the USA.
Granted, we’re comparing apples to tractors here. But still, these numbers amaze me.
Also, as of earlier this month, Goodreads has more than 10 million members. While this number is huge, what’s interesting to me is the rate of the membership growth. As the company CEO and founder put it in a press release, when Goodreads was founded in 2007, “it took four and a half years to reach 5 million members and only another 15 months to double that number.”
I’m not sure this post has a point other than Goodreads is huge and growing rapidly. It’s something I think every author should be a part of.
What do you think? Do these numbers mean anything to you? Will the Goodreads site’s growth continue exponentially, or do you think one day it will reach a plateau?
The Best of The WG2E Goodreads Guru Wishes — Tamara Ward
Tamara Ward is The WG2E’s Goodreads Guru as well as the Bestselling Author of Storm Surge, the first novel in the Jonie Waters mystery series and Private Deception, the first novel in the Jade O’Reilly Mysteries.
***Note from D. D.: Congrats to Tamara!!! Private Deception has now broken into the Top 1000 Ebooks on Amazon!!! Go, Girl, Go!!!