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
How It Works
The Goodreads app offers the same basic functionality of its site. You can do three main actions:
1. Scroll the Goodreads news feed
2. Add or rate books
3. Access Goodreads’ other features like groups, recommendations, reading challenge, etc.
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.