Sooner or later, most bibliophiles end up realizing that it just makes sense to have on hand at least one – if not more than one – sturdy book-carriers for transporting multiple books from Point A to Point B.
Responding to the controversial sale of GoodReads to Amazon.com earlier this year, ThirdScribe recently summarized the features of almost a dozen reader-centric social networks.
Not covered in ThirdScribe’s survey is yet another new social network for readers (which we saw mentioned at The Paris Review) called Riffle. An article describing Riffle is posted at Publishers Weekly.
You’ll find links to all these book-recommending, book-discussing, reading tracking/personal library-cataloging networks in The Atlanta Booklover’s Blog’s “Booklover’s Toolbox,” under the heading Social Networks (Title Recommendations, Book Discussions, Blogs, and Book Inventory Software) .
Earlier this month, the New York Times posted a story about Goodreads, the most popular book-centric website on the Internet.
If it’s reader-written book reviews you’re after, Goodreads has 21 million of them. Plus a lot of other features and tools for the avid (computer-owning) booklover.
WordPress – the outfit whose software makes The Atlanta Booklover’s Blog possible – recently posted a list of a few published authors who also publish WordPress blogs.
Our personal favorites of the blogs selected by WordPress are the ones written by:
For the booklovers among us who have in an interest in (and can sometimes even find the time to read!) what some of our favorite authors are thinking and writing about (besides the fate of their published or soon-to-be-published books), there are lots of blogs to choose from.
In fact, so many writers blog these days that there are even several lists of author blogs to help you find them – although of course Mr. Google can instantly tell you whether or not your particular favorite (living) author has a blog.
I’ve added to the Booklover’s Toolbox (under the heading Author Blogs, Lists of) the following links:
- Goodreads Members’ List of Popular Authors’ Blogs
- Internet Writing Journal’s List
- Newpages.com’s Blogs by Poets & Writers
- Red Room Writers Society’s Editors’ Picks
Happy blog-hunting! (And let me know if you discover additional lists I should toss into the Toolbox.)
This is latest of several articles I’ve read over the past few months exposing the problems of the reviews posted to Amazon.com.
Depressing…but apparently not illegal – just very unethical.
Fortunately, there are plenty of more trustworthy sources of online books reviews. (See the list of links at REVIEWS in the Booklover’s Toolbox for several dozen of them.)
When it comes to weighing evidence about whether a book may be worth buying – or even borrowing from a library – Let The Amazon.com Reader Beware.
Found via The Paris Review Daily