Infographic: Goodreads’ Success Story

We've all read the stories about Amazon buying Goodreads for their 16 million members, and that this site was the most successful online book community with 23 million reviews, 525 million books categories, and over 11 million monthly visitors. But have you ever considered exactly how large those figures are?

The following infographic should help put it into perspective. eBookFriendly assembled this graphic last week, and it shows you just how much Goodreads has outgrown the competition.

Infographic: Goodreads’ Success Story e-Reading Hardware Infographic


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

8 Comments on Infographic: Goodreads’ Success Story

  1. Wow, that infographic really does make it obvious how much more successful Goodreads was at attracting readers.

    • The Technical Revolutionary // 2 August, 2013 at 8:27 am // Reply

      Sure, but they have become horrible and biased. How long before they piss off enough people, and enough people realize that their system is useless and abusive? If they can’t fix it, it will die like any other heavily modded community. Meeting out ban hammers always ends up far worse for a site than putting up with the occasional troll. Because, always, in the end it’s the trolls that end up with the hammers in their hands.

  2. being free versus requirement payment to list books beyond a meager limit as Library Thing did had something to do with that…

  3. The Technical Revolutionary // 2 August, 2013 at 8:17 am // Reply

    I wonder how long those numbers are going to keep going up on a website that actively creates bias in their review community. I can’t trust a word they say.

    • i’m curious to know how they are creating this bias
      i’m a member but can’t be bothered to list the books i’ve read, want to read or write reviews

      • The Technical Revolutionary // 2 August, 2013 at 10:45 am // Reply

        Well, from what I can tell, mods support popular reviewers. Basically, they troll the review comments, create fights, then ban anyone they don’t like from commenting. I don’t know how mods are selected, but they definitely play favorites. They don’t allow open discussion of the reviews. To me, in the end, this has created a strong bias in the reviews. People are trying to write reviews in an effort to become popular and gain a following instead of writing honest assessments of the books.

      • The Technical Revolutionary // 3 August, 2013 at 6:44 am // Reply

        The staff and mods at Goodreads foster, support, and protect bullying and abusive behavior. In so doing, they create a group of bullies and trolls that call themselves reviewers. The staff of the site, themselves, actively take sides and shut down opinions they don’t agree with. This kind of environment is not conducive to generating anything but bias. I, also, have no idea how a website as large as this one can get away with abusing individuals the way this one does. I don’t know how Amazon can allow this to continue. It’s not the little arguments between users that is the problem here, that happens everywhere, it’s the website’s staff taking an active role in creating, protecting, and taking part in abusive behavior. Again, even if you don’t have a problem with abuse – I do – you should have a problem with the bias that this sort of environment creates. I cannot trust the reviews or opinions there on any book.

  4. The Technical Revolutionary // 3 August, 2013 at 6:46 am // Reply

    If you have small children, I hope to God that you keep them well away from this site.

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