Friday, May 13, 2011

Goodreads, Shelfari, and LibraryThing, Oh My

I'm pretty active on Goodreads.  As a voracious reader, I love being able to keep track of my books, read and post reviews, and participate in a few online book groups.  I'm not as active on Shelfari and LibraryThing, though, not for any particularly good reasons.  I've just grown so used to Goodreads.

What do you think about these online book communities? Do you prefer one to the other?  Is yes, why?

Inquiring minds gotta know, and I'm just plain nosey. What do you think?

19 comments:

Sierra Gardner said...

I'm reasonably active on Goodreads and haven't even heard of the other two. Sometimes there are just too many places offering the same types of services.

Raelyn Barclay said...

I haven't gotten active on any of these sites yet. I know I should at least get on Goodreads. I'm a voracious reader as well and worry I'll spend so much time updating it won't be worth it.

M Pax said...

I'm on Goodreads, but aren't real active on it. It's hard to keep up with everything. To have sometime to actually write, I stick to Twitter and Blogger. Someday, I may participate in some of my other online clubs. Shrug. Maybe. :D

Carrie said...

I haven't started any of them yet, but I think I will try Goodreads soon. Do you find it takes up a lot of time?

Liz Fichera said...

Carrie, It doesn't take a lot of my time because I don't let it. I spend a little bit of time each morning, say 20 mins or so, posting/reading reviews and checking on my book groups. Like most social media, you could spend hours but I try to keep it to a minimum. And I wouldn't do it if I didn't like it.

J.L. Campbell said...

I've only recently started using Goodreads, so I don't know too much about it yet. My Shelfari account has probably died by now. I should got look it up. Haven't tried out Library Thing. I remember the time when Shelfari was the only one I knew about.

Sophie Li said...

*waves* A new 'cool' person here!

Although I like the idea of Goodreads, Shelfari and the like, it seems to be just another social media site to manage.

And as an aspiring author trying to juggle finishing the ms, Twitter, FB, & blogging .. its probably something I will try later on when I have a better handle on things.

Cold As Heaven said...

Haven't tried any of them, but will check them out >:)

Cold As Heaven

Deniz Bevan said...

Hi! I'd posted her on Wednesday but, you know, Blogger... I joined LibraryThing in order to catalogue my entire library, but you're only allowed 200 books in a free account, so now I have ten accounts. I'm very lazy about keeping it updated. Also, Goodreads has a better community, but I still haven't been able to sync all the LibraryThing lists into Goodreads, waa!

-E- said...

it's just more data-mining from big publishing.

Talli Roland said...

I haven't used Shelfari, although since I think Amazon has something to do with it, maybe I should! Must admit I'm a Gooodreads girl.

Liz Fichera said...

Thanks for your input, all!

@Talli - Yes, I believe Shelfari has a direct Amazon feed.

@E - No doubt there is some truth there. Publishers are very active on these sites.

@Deniz - I had no idea that LibraryThing had those restrictions. Only 200 books? I go through that in a year, easy.

Marianne Arkins said...

I have Goodreads account as an author and for the LASR website. I'm not as active as I *should* be, but I really like the community.

I have a Library Thing account as LASR, but it's only for our giveaway books.

Shelfari and I are not yet acquainted, lol...

There just aren't enough hours in the day.

Regina said...

I don't know anything about Library Thing, but have done Shelfari and am not crazy about it's set up. I love Goodreads. I am on there all the time updating my books, posting reviews, signing up to win books (so far I have won 2). There are just more options there and it has a better format and easier navigation for me.

Jenny Schwartz said...

I really like Goodreads -- my big regret there is lack of time. I simply can't keep up with all the fab discussions and challenges, not to mention books! Shelfari and LibraryThing just haven't hooked me, so I quietly ignore them :)

daniel said...

Interesting stuff. I'll be checking into this.

Holly Vance said...

Not sure how I feel about online books, Nookies, and Kindles. I suppose it's the way of the future, but I just want to hold a book. Although, I did publish a couple short stories on Kindle Amazon (like the shameless plug)

Julie said...

Hi, Liz. I've just discovered your blog. I love Goodreads, I'm just getting into the site and I'm addicted to it. I'm glad to discover your books, I will add them to my "to-read" list!
Great to meet you. :)

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Julie, So wonderful to meet you! I too love Goodreads. I look forward to connecting with you there as well.