As we look toward the end of the year and the beginning of a new year, I think it’s natural to also think about the future of publishing platforms and groups.
Thanks to a recommendation from a friend in a writing group, I stumbled across what I found to be a revealing post at Digital Book World. The post interviewed Goodreads founder and CEO, Otis Chandler. And part of what he discussed in the interview is where he saw Goodreads going in the future.
Below is some of the info I gleaned from the article (which you can read in full at http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012/goodreads-ceo-otis-chandler-on-the-future-of-discoverability-and-social-reading/).
In 2013 at Goodreads
-Look for international expansion, and continued domestic expansion. Chandler said 55 percent of Goodreads users are in the US with another 15-20 percent in other English-speaking countries. Chandler said the site is building its database of book titles and metadata in foreign languages now.
-The site’s tools that readers use to discover books may improve. Chandler said Goodreads is working on improving book discovery experience and “tools to help readers find new books.”
-Don’t look for Goodreads to become a bookseller. Chandler said Goodreads has no plans on becoming a bookseller at the time of the interview; the site is focused on discovery. “We’re entirely focused on … getting a person excited enough about a book so that they go home and read it.”
-Continue to look for pre-book promotions, which the site has begun. If you promote the book before publication, and if a reader adds the book onto their “to read” shelves, once the book is released, the readers will get an email letting them know it’s out (if they’re signed up to receive those notifications).
Your turn! Do any of those predictions make you excited? Are you planning on using Goodreads in 2013 and, if so, how?
~~~ Tamara Ward
Tamara Ward is an Amazon Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author. Storm Surge, the first novel in the Jonie Waters mystery series, released in 2011. Tamara is also a proud member of our WG2E Family.