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Goodreads Ratings on Overdrive

Creating a simple browser add-on to show the Goodreads rating of ebooks and audiobooks directly on Overdrive library pages

As a big fan of the community at Goodreads.com and an avid user of Overdrive to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the library, I often find myself switching back and forth between the two to look up reviews. One day I thought why not integrate the two somehow?

A couple hours of tinkering later, the result was a script that looks up the Goodreads rating of whichever book you’re browsing on the Overdrive library page, showing the information right there on the page, as well as creating a handy link to the book’s listing on Goodreads.

This simple browser add-on shows the Goodreads rating of ebooks and audiobooks directly on Overdrive library pages. No more switching tabs and searching manually!

link to Firefox add-on store
link to Chrome Web Store

You can add it to Firefox or Chrome using the buttons above.

That’s all it does currently and I don’t have any additional features planned, although I might look into an “add to shelf” button as well – this would require the user to login to Goodreads via OAuth.

I developed it a couple of days ago, initially as a Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey script. In the interest of keeping it as simple as possible to setup and use, I decided to try my hand at the new WebExtension framework, which turned out to be quite easy to port.

Since the WebExtension format is cross-compatible with Google Chrome as well, I’ll be uploading it to the Chrome Web Store as well.