Otis Chandler '96 Connects Millions of Readers With Goodreads

Jessica Rice '12
Some ten years after a Webb alumnus and his wife founded an online website dedicated to reading, it has become "one of the most influential book and reading communities on the web," Publishers Weekly reported Friday.

Goodreads, founded by CEO Otis Chandler '96 and his wife and editor-in-chief Elizabeth Khuri Chandler, is a website "for readers and book recommendations," devoted to helping "people find and share books they love," its website reads.

Years ago when Chandler realized he prefered book recommendations from friends, he "decided to build a website," he revealed on the Goodreads website. "Elizabeth ... wrote the site copy and I wrote the code. We started in my living room, motivated by the belief that there was a better way to discover and discuss good books, and that we could build it."

Now, the website "will mark its 10th anniversary with more than 65 million members," according to Publishers Weekly. Goodreads was acquired by Amazon four years ago.

“It’s been crazy,” Elizabeth Khuri Chandler told the magazine. “We started with just the two of us, and now it’s the largest reading community in the world. We’re a community of people who can talk to each other about the books we love.”

Chandler, who served on the Honor Committee at The Webb Schools and graduated from Stanford University, credits Goodreads' success to being "able to 'connect' an enormous number of people interested in talking about books," Publishers Weekly wrote.

Read more about Goodreads' 10th Anniversary at Publishers Weekly, or learn more about other notable Webb alumni here.

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