site we’re psyched about: shelfari

shelfari

As a rule, I say yes to book club. A guaranteed time for wine, food and friends, I look forward to our meetings and the set date helps me to incorporate a few good reads into my otherwise insane schedule. Recently, a friend turned me on to Shelfari, a social cataloging website for bookworms. Part of the Amazon family of web brands, the site allows users to create a profile (using their Amazon credentials) and create and share shelves of books they’ve either read, own or have on their wish list. Users also have the option of reviewing, rating, recommending or tagging books for quick and easy organization and discussion. Though I consider myself a beginner book clubber (and don’t have room for real bookshelves), this seems like it has potential to be a great organizational tool. What do you think, readers? Would you ever use a site like Shelfari to organize your reads? Are you in a book club? What are you reading? — Sarah C.

ashley

Just be careful. There is a lot of examples out there of people who have been unhappy with Shelfari’s spaminess.

http://www.bookpatrol.net/2007/11/shelfari-stumbles.html

http://www.prateekdayal.net/2007/09/04/why-shelfaricom-sucks-so-much/

http://gadgetopia.com/post/6154

I am a fan of GoodReads. Nice interface and iPhone app to boot!

I LOVE Shelfari and have been using it for almost 2 years now! Here’s my list:
http://www.shelfari.com/internettherapy

SarahB

I started using Shelfari 3 or 4 years ago, when someone in my book club told me about the site. I’m an avid reader (I read 63 books last year), and Shelfari is a great way to keep track of what I’m reading, what I’ve read, and what I want to read in the future.

I first started using LibraryThing and while it was great to catalog my books with, it was pretty lonely since all my friends were on Goodreads.com. Then I switched to Goodreads and loved it. Loved it so much that now I work for them too. Maybe I’m biased because I work for them, but I trust the reviews at Goodreads more than Shelfari because 1.) Goodreads isn’t affiliated with Amazon and 2.) I mostly read reviews of my friends.

Mo

now, does anyone have any hints on a similar site for movies? !!

I’m a huge fan of Goodreads, too. A lot of the women who belong to my real life Book Club also maintain Goodreads accounts. It’s nice to see what other books they have their eyes on when they’re not reading our designated book of the month. And, I’m thrilled that the just announced the release of their Android App!

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