Armen Chakmakjian

Goodreads

In Random on March 24, 2009 at 1:36 pm

So I joined goodreads.com.  It seems like a great tool for both readers and writers.  You get to put in all the books you’ve ever read, rate them, and write reviews.  You can organize them into shelves. That’s nice and there are several services like that on the web that happen to attach to facebook.

The neat thing about this one though is that there is a forum for writers.  Basically if you have published something (like I have), you get to register as an author and you get an author page in which you can have a discussion, create events, have interviews list your profile et cetera.  You can even write little ditties and post them for review right there.

I have to admit, I was wondering what Amazon was going to do about supporting authors because on the kindle service you really get not much except the right to post.   So instead of Amazon doing anything now you have Goodreads.  It does have some competitors in this space which I have not investigated yet.

The nice thing is that it ties into Facebook which means free exposure.

Actually the goodreads author page is not dissimilar to a fan page on facebook, but they layout and look-n-feel is more geared toward the literary rather than the purely social billboard.

So if you get a chance go over there.  Also, friend me there as I’m always looking for suggestions about what to read next.  Maybe you’ll see a book in my list that you might want to take a look at.   I read a pretty wide range of stuff (and not too deep in any particular topic).   Also visit my author page, and if you have a kindle or an iphone, maybe you’ll consider buying my book (shameless plug…hey, I keep getting told that this is fair game in social networking 🙂  )

Armen

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