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Emerald Foundation Recommends Goodreads

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At the End Wishing You all a journey of Mind Discovery. Warm Regards,
Emerald Foundation

About Goodreads

What Is Goodreads?

Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. We have more than 6,700,000 members who have added more than 230,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in January 2007.

Our Mission

Goodreads’ mission is to help people find and share books they love. Along the way, we plan to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the world.

Why We Do It

Every once in a while you run into a friend who tells you about this “great new book I’m reading.” And suddenly you’re excited to read it. It’s that kind of excitement that Goodreads is all about.

How We Do It

Most book recommendation websites work by listing random people’s reviews. On Goodreads, when a person adds a book to the site, all their friends can see what they thought of it. It’s common sense. People are more likely to get excited about a book their friend recommends than a suggestion from a stranger. We even created an amazing algorithm that looks at your books and ratings, and helps you find other books based on what fellow Goodreads members with similar tastes enjoyed. Ultimately, it’s all based on our foundation of true-blue readers. Our members also create trivia about books, lists of the best books, post their own writing and form groups and book clubs.

A Letter from Our Founder

When I was in second grade, I discovered the Hardy Boys series. Ever since, I’ve loved to read — both for fun and to improve my mind. And I’m always looking for the next great book. Reviews on Amazon and other sites are helpful, but I thought there might be a better way.

One afternoon while I was scanning a friend’s bookshelf for my next great read, it struck me. When I want to know what books to read, I’d rather turn to a friend than any random person or bestseller list. So I thought I’d build a website — a website where I could see my friends’ bookshelves and learn about what they thought of all their books.

Goodreads is that site. It is a place where you can see what your friends are reading and vice versa. You can create “bookshelves” to organize what you’ve read (or want to read). You can comment on each other’s reviews. You can find mind-blowing new books. And on this journey with your friends you can explore new territory, gather information, and expand your mind.

Knowledge is power; and power is best shared among readers.

— Otis Y. Chandler

This is a place for Goodreads employees to blog about anything they like. Site updates, new features, relevant happenings, or really anything!








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U.S. Department of State’s Near East & South Asia Scholarship Undergraduate Program 2012-2013

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The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State is currently inviting applications for Near East & South Asia (NESA) Scholarship Program 2012-13. This undergraduate exchange program is a part of Global UGRAD program started by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and offers scholarships to outstanding students from countries of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Scholarships are awarded for one-year of undergraduate, non-degree studies programs in the United States at a diverse network of accredited two- and four-year institutions.

Grant Provisions

If selected, the NESA UGRAD Program will cover a participant’s:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • Round-trip coach class travel from participant’s home city to host institution in the United States;
  • Health benefits;
  • Tuition and mandatory university fees (including required books and supplies);
  • Room and board (housing and meals);
  • Settling in allowance;
  • Monthly maintenance allowance; and
  • Other special allowances where applicable.

Eligibility Conditions

The competition is open to anyone who:

  • Is a citizen, national or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the country from which applicant is applying;
  • Is completing his/her final year of secondary school or enrolled in first-, second-, third-year fulltime undergraduate study at the time of application at a registered academic institution in his/her country and is in good academic standing.
  • Is between the ages of 18-25;
  • Is able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in August 2012;
  • Is able to receive and maintain a J-1 visa;
  • Is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program; and
  • Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Cross-cultural interest
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Flexibility and suitability as an exchange student
  • Commitment to returning to their home country after completion of the program

Last date for submitting the applications is January 23, 2012.

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