I’ve been using Goodreads personally now, and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s fairly easy to use, but I did encounter some bugs, particularly regarding to logging in with my Facebook information. It seems to have cleared up in the past weeks, however. It’s easy to find books and authors or browse genres. In case you’re curious or want to be my friend, here’s my account.
I love thinking of the possibilities Goodreads offers libraries. You could have online book clubs! A staff member could write a thoughtful review of a book in the discussion portion of the page, and patrons could respond. You could make great online reader’s advisory guides, in the shelf section! Conduct easy, quick surveys! Best of all, the library can link their account to their facebook page, hopefully ensuring that Facebook traffic would see the Goodreads updates. Here’s an example of one public library’s Goodreads page.
I use goodreads at work for other reasons too. Lots of users have great lists (Listopia). I like browsing though them to find new titles to purchase. Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly have great reviews and are wonderful publications but sometimes I like to hear from non-librarian people and see what people are actually reading. It’s good to be able to connect with actual readers.