In the previous post, I tried answering why no one has been able to build a better Goodreads yet. We learned about the growth loop driving Goodreads dominance and defensibility. If you haven’t already read it, it would be helpful to do so. You will be able to understand this essay better.

This post will unpack what the seemingly elusive better-than-Goodreads (or a more desirable social network for book-lovers) could be like. I will also discuss the strategic ways one could approach it. As a disclaimer, since something like this doesn’t yet exist, the content of this post will be…


People who read often desire to read in connection with other readers. Readers have found community within the website, “Goodreads.” And while it builds community and conversation, most who use the site want a better Goodreads. Anyone who’s used it for anything repeatedly shares a number of laments.

Some criticize the recommendation algorithms which have an uncanny tendency to cough up Harry Potter, entry-level novel recommendations, high school literature curriculum, or copious Young Adult options. Others complain about the broken search functionality or the lack of private shelving features. And if nothing else, almost everyone will comment on its ugly…

Prateek Agarwal

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