Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Book Sites: Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari, Etc

Which of these bookish sites do you like and why? I’ve seen bloggers with different accounts on these sites, their widgets on their blogs, but why do you use them? It just seems like extra work to me. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is asking for the top ten bookish sites. I don’t use these sites. I shop on amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca. (I really like online shopping.) I have a profile on the Chapters website, but I haven’t used it in ages. I don’t think I can really afford the time. Maybe I don’t understand the purpose of these sites if you already have a blog. I know they can help you keep track of the books you own and read, but I have an excel spreadsheet for that. I’ve had it for years, long before I even started blogging. So explain me, why do you use these websites?

* I know I’ve done a bad job with the weekly Top Ten when I can’t even get one on my list.


  1. Today's meme has made my day! I am finding many great book related links. Thanks!

    Here is my Top Ten post!

  2. I used these websites all the time before I had a blog. In fact, I told myself, Why do I need a blog when I have all these great websites?! I still use goodreads and librarything to keep lists of my reviews.

    Here's my Top Ten List of Bookish Websites.

  3. Not all of the websites that people use are for keeping track of books. A lot of them are for finding out about new books, or finding the cheapest book, or sites where you can swap books, or buy books and help a charity.

    As for the keeping track of books I use Goodreads and I have for much longer than I've been blogging. I think it's a lot easier to keep track of books that way rather than entering them manually, plus then your list is always with you (either if you can go on a computer, or with the Goodreads app). I think it's a lot more convenient, plus it's social, so you can see other people's ratings and reviews. It (along with blog reviews, obviously) helps me make decisions about what books I want to read.

    ( My Top Ten )

  4. I often wonder why I have a Goodreads account. i don't post reviews on it and their star system is a bit limited. However, I find it handy to keep track of the books I want to read. I have a wish list on Amazon, but I find this handier on Goodreads, especially to add the books other bloggers review (a click and it's done, otherwise i forget...).

  5. gautami, glad you're enjoying the meme. It's been an interesting one for me.

    Deb, I started blogging before I knew about these websites. Maybe that's part of why I don't feel like I need an account right now.

    Ashley, I guess I should take a look at some of the non-review sites, those would likely be of more interest to me.

    Em, I still don't know about Goodreads. Maybe one day....

  6. This week's topic stumped me as well. I use Shelfari to keep track of books, and NetGalley and LibraryThing for advanced review copies. That's it, though.

  7. I don't use any of them either. Not for me.

  8. smellincoffee, that's more sites than I use.

    John, I see so many of them out there, but I'm still leaning towards "not for me" too.

  9. I use Goodreads for a few reasons. It's easy to track the books I read and want. I also cross-post reviews there to reach people who don't read my blog. I try to friend anyone whose blog I follow, which makes it really easy to see if other bloggers have reviewed the book too.