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.
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In this fascinating article in The Atlantic, writer Jeffrey Selingo dives into the argument many economists, educators, and work-force development professionals are making today--our education in early life does not seem sufficient for the needs of our 21st century economy. The third wave, as he describes, will be one of continual training and education and retraining. Read more in The Atlantic.
Alumni, family and friends are invited to join Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale and special guests for three events this April in New York City (April 11), Philadelphia (April 12) and London, England (April 14).
Once again, Webb athletes had a strong showing across the board during the 2018 winter season. Led by WSC soccer, which finished the season League Champions and with a deep run into CIF, both VWS and WSC athletics posted very positive results. VWS Water Polo also finished its league play in second place.
“It is always great each season to not only see our athletes and teams be successful on the field of play, but to see them learn and grow as individuals and part of a community,” said Director of Athletics Steve Wishek.