Goodreads Partners with EBSCO: Reader Reviews Now Available to Libraries

I would just like to share this.  I think it’s pretty awesome.  And helpful!

Goodreads members are strong supporters of public libraries, so we are especially excited to announce that thanks to a new agreement with EBSCO Publishing, reader ratings and book reviews from Goodreads will be incorporated into NoveList, a readers’ advisory resource with widespread use in libraries. Goodreads’s wealth of 11 million book reviews and 110 million ratings will now help librarians answer one of the most frequently asked questions—what do I read next?

The agreement brings together two companies that are dedicated to fostering a love of reading while sharing a belief that libraries have a key role to play in a community of readers. For readers searching the library catalog, content from Goodreads will serve as a powerful book discovery tool. NoveList founder Duncan Smith says librarians are always being asked for their recommendations. “With Goodreads we can point the user to thousands of readers who have read and commented on the books they are considering.”

Independent market research indicated that NoveList is the most highly-rated readers’ advisory resource in public libraries. NoveList Select allows libraries to add NoveList content into library catalogs allowing users to leverage the library catalog to discover new books and similar titles in the library’s collection. The agreement now allows Goodreads’ ratings and reviews to be incorporated into that same user experience.

Goodreads is home to both library patrons and librarians. In one poll, 30 percent of the nearly 17,000 respondents indicated that they went to the library for more of their books, eclipsing brick-and-mortar chain bookstores (22 percent) and online stores (18 percent). Are you a frequent library patron? Look for Goodreads the next time you are browsing a library catalog with NoveList!

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