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Yes, technology can bring reading back to life. That’s the principle behind the Goodreads application. A sort of intelligent online library where the 130 million or so users can give their opinions, rate the books they have read, establish rankings, read at their own pace and set reading goals. But it’s also a space of exchange where we can easily make friends. A great engine for literature buffs, the idea was born in 2007 by a couple formed of publisher Otis Chandler and journalist Elizabeth Khuri- Chandler. It was then bought by Amazon in 2013. The founders have since retired from the business, but leave behind the largest community of readers.

By Cheynnes Tlili