Not all booklovers get to the point of deciding they need to create a list of the books they own and/or would like to read and/or would like to buy and/or which they highly recommend to other readers…but many booklovers decide they do want to inventory their book collection or to connect with like-minded booklovers.
Several Internet sites make it possible for bibliophiles (or small, free-standing libraries such as those often maintained by churches or nonprofit organizations) to do all of these things. Even better, all this instantly-accessible and organized information is stored, free 0f charge, on somebody else’s computers.
The most well-known of these inventory/social networkingsites are LibraryThing, Goodreads, and Shelfari. (Others are listed in this blog’s Booklover’s Toolbox under the heading Social Networks; you will find the Toolbox tab at the top of your screen.)
Each site has its fans and advocates, each has unique features and drawbacks. Which one – if any – to choose?
Earlier this summer, a librarian-written blog called Youth Services Center posted a brief comparison of LibraryThing, Goodreads, and Shelfari. Take a look, and let us know which (if any) of these sites you’re already using to keep track of your reading and/or to connect with other avid readers.
Found via The Private Library