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Goodreads App Review, Or Why I Use the Mobile Site

As one of the most popular book sites for readers, Goodreads’ app leaves a lot to be desired.

Goodreads App Review, Or Why I Use the Mobile Site

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How It Works

The Goodreads app is available on the App Store for Apple products and on Google Play for android devices.

The Goodreads app offers the same basic functionality of its site. You can do three main actions:

1. Scroll the Goodreads news feed

goodreads app review feed screen shot

2. Add or rate books

goodreads app review feed screen shot

3. Access Goodreads’ other features like groups, recommendations, reading challenge, etc.

goodreads app review feed screen shot

My Thoughts

Although I think the app is nicely designed, I have two main problems with it.

The first is that I HATE that the main landing page for the app is the Goodreads feed. This should be the My Books section.

I barely ever really check out the Goodreads feed, not because I don’t care what people are reading but because the updates seems so impersonal and silly. “So and so added this book to their to-read shelf.” That’s the equivalent of telling me what Billy ate for breakfast.

All I’m saying is that for something I don’t pay attention to I wish I didn’t see it straightaway.

The second problem I have is that one of the main ways I use Goodreads is to search for new books. That discovery aspect is huge for me, and is something that is very clunky and difficult on the app.

For me, I’d only use the app to update my reading status from “currently reading” to “read,” and for that reason I just use Safari on my iPhone to get to goodreads.com and update it that way.


I know I’m a picky, non-typical user for this app. I think that the design and ease of use is ideal for most readers who are looking to add books to their digital shelves and to see what their friends are up to. It’s simple in its design and has good functionality…if that’s all your looking for the Goodreads app to do.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Sally @ BarksandBaking

    I absolutely agree! I wish the functionality was better. I usually just log on through my browser, but being able to actually use the app the way I use the full site would be amazing!

  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I agree! The previous version of the app was even worse. I don’t get how they can have such a great site, and such a terrible app. Maybe they don’t think it to be as important? I don’t know. I also much prefer using the site -I’ll even use google chrome on my phone to go to the site instead of opening the app.

  • I’m totally with you on this. I can’t quite bring myself to delete the app (what if I need to show someone some cool book I read?!) but I use the web version on the reg.