Goodreads Now Tracks Deals on Your Favorite Books

The Amazon-owned company has started emailing users with discounts on their "Want to Read" titles.
Goodreads Deals

Goodreads, the Amazon-owned website where you can "meet your next favorite book," launched an exciting new program for cash-strapped readers yesterday. The service, called Goodreads Deals, will no doubt have members growing their stacks of digital books faster than they can read them.

Personalized Deals Based on Your Must-Read Picks

Under the new service, Goodreads will email users a series of eBook discounts that are personalized according to their profile. So, if a title on your "Want to Read" list receives a temporary discount, then you'll be notified via email. Similarly, eBook deals for your favorite authors will also make their way into your inbox.

Members can also "discover" new titles in a budget-friendly way with the program. Users who have selected a favorite genre will also receive an email containing discounted books that have glowing reviews from the Goodreads community. There are currently four genres to choose from: Bestsellers, Romance, Mystery and Thrillers, and Fantasy and Science Fiction. Goodreads will be adding more genres in the future.

Not only does this new program give readers incentive to keep their "Want to Read" list up-to-date, but it might actually dictate what people read in the near future.

The Discounts Are for More Than Just Amazon

While Amazon owns Goodreads, the program will send discounts from other stores as well. Members can set their store preference, based on what device they own. Choose from Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play, and Kobo. Have multiple devices? Not a problem. You can pick multiple formats and Goodreads will send links for all of them.

Goodreads is free to join and can be accessed through both iOS and Android apps, in addition to the website; however, currently, the Goodreads Deals program is only available to U.S. members.

Readers, are you a member of Goodreads? If so, are you excited to receive daily eBook deals? Will you start adding more titles to your "Want to Read" shelf as a result? Sound off in the comments below!

Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

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DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
As someone who is trying to read two books a month, this could have a big impact on what I pay over the course of a year. Already one of the books on my list has gone on sale. That said, I could see myself buying more books than I need to, because they're on sale before I'm ready for a new one. But I think I should be able to get to them all... famous last words before I realize I've spent hundreds on books I forgot about.

I find it really interesting though how this might dictate what I read next.