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GoodReads is the world's largest website for discussing books, reading and writing reviews, sharing with other bookworms, and much more. Unfortunately, the site that was launched in early 2007 and now has 90 million members is only available in English. If you want to use GoodReads in German, you can “only” look for alternatives. Websites, forums and portals for book lovers available in German are not bad, however, just because they do not have that many users or are not active outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the following I have summarized three German GoodReads alternatives for you.
This page is about: GoodReads.com
Helmut Pöll has with me watchareadin created a platform in 2013 and 2014 that is not aimed exclusively at bookworms. Because the page was created with the help of various specialists and trades from the book industry. On the About page, where the background of the forum is illuminated, you will find some insights. So also the note to get started: "I never intended to build a literature platform.“- Well, that's how it turned out, and the site, which is a kind of slang for“ What are you reading? ”, Now offers book tips, reviews, author portraits, quotes, media, a calendar and much more.
Just read it in: Forum by Helmut Pöll
Mayersche Buchhandlung GmbH & Co. KG is behind the platform What are you reading?which asks the same question as the forum shown above - just completely in German. The site also offers an abundance of offers: a magazine from the editorial team, readers' rounds with free copies of books, book presentations, reviews, appointments relating to books and also lots of discussions, questions and surveys. So if you like to read, like to talk about books and otherwise like to maintain a thematically diverse communication, you can also take a look here. According to its own information, the platform currently has almost 20.800 members (as of September 17, 2019).
Check it out: Platform of the Mayersche bookstore
Aboutbooks GmbH operates the platform with social media elements LovelyBookswhich gives members the opportunity to create virtual bookshelves and find people with a similar taste in books. Incidentally, the company mentioned is a subsidiary of the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group from Stuttgart. The network for book lovers went online in 2006 and had around 2015 users at the beginning of 165.000 (source: Wikipedia ). The focus is on books, authors and the exchange between users. There are also livestream readings, some of which the respective book authors are in front of the camera.
View offer here: Network of the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group
Which of the three GoodReads alternatives shown for German-speaking book lovers is your favorite? You put with watchareadin rather on a network of different book trades to get into the industry yourself? You trust in the book trade expertise of What are you reading?to maybe get a free book? Or is LovelyBooks best for you because you like the mix of book forum, social network and streaming? Feel free to leave a comment on the topic, even if you can recommend another platform for booklings from Germany, Austria and Switzerland! ;)
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