Social Media Sites for Book-Lovers

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Social networking and books are an excellent combination. Perhaps the only thing that book-lovers like more than reading and finding new books is telling people about them. So it's hardly surprising that multiple sites have appeared that allow book-lovers to socialize, catalogue and make new friends online. On their surface they aresimiliar . Each allows you add books, tag books, display your bookshelves, meet friends, and form groups. But each also has their own fans.

Lindsey describes GoodReads as dangerous, but in a good way.

It's dangerous because it may consume a little more of my time than I mean for it to (sort of like wandering through Barnes & Noble instead of just sitting down with a book).

Kimberly called it social media heaven.

How did I not know about this sooner? How do I have MySpace, Facebook, and even Twitter, and yet Goodreads failed to even blip on my radar? I honestly don’t know, I can’t explain it, but now that I’ve found it, I’m hooked. Like crack. I’m a Goodreads-junkie.

Martha Engber talks about GoodReads and how authors can use it to their advantage and Becky Levine offers up even more suggestions for authors.
I quite like this idea for using GoodReads in the classroom. I don't use GoodReads extensively, having already uploaded my personal catalogue to another site (and am too lazy to maintain it on yet another site) but I could probably spend hours playing with their never-ending book quiz.

I have to admit, I'm quite fond of LibraryThing and like Lizzie I think it's LibraryFantastic. I certainly did find myself wishing at times that it could read my shelves itself rather than me having to enter them in (and to be honest, I haven't finished...). I'm always amused by LibraryThing's UnSuggester. It's not always right...apparently since I've read Shannon Hale's Goose Girl it believes that I won't like Stephen King. Which is only half true - I like Stephen King (minus the whole It/clown thing) but I like sleeping with peaceful dreams that don't keep me tossing and turning all night more. So it's not always right but I find sitting and thinking about why certain books don't match up really interesting.

Twidox has a great introduction to LibraryThing, as well as an interview with its founder Tim Spalding. I got some great ideas for what to do with my book cover images thanks to Knowbodies and David Louis Edleman.

Lori, the Smoky Mountain Family Historian uses it as part of her genealogical research.

LibraryThing also gives one the ability to add reviews of items. If we genealogists used these reviews to their full potential, we could really keep up with strengths and weaknesses of various titles.

I have to say Shelfari, which was bought by Amazon, displays book covers beautiful. The Story Siren loves it. Unfortunately I had a bit a trouble finding recent bloggers professing their love for it. Come out, come out where ever you are!

What site do you like to use to catalogue your books and meet up with other book-lovers?

Contributing Editor Sassymonkey also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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