One favorite pastime people have is reading a good book. People all over the globe are reading books, whether they are teen fiction or how-to manuals. Keeping track of the books someone has read is now made easier with the Internet. There are different sites appearing that help not only keep track of which books a person has read, but also what the reader thought of the book. These sites also let other avid readers connect with others who have read the same book or have similar tastes in books.
One site commonly used is Shelfari. When first logging into the site, a ‘bookshelf’ appears that shows books the user has listed under three different categories: currently reading, has read, and want to read. With the books that have been previously read, the user is able to mark out of five stars what they thought about the book. The book also can be marked as being owned. The books that are on the side of the to-be read books can also be marked as being owned or the book can be added to a wish list if it is not already owned.
Another perk of Shelfari is its ability to connect with other members on the site. The user can add friends and join groups in order to discuss books that have been read or get recommendations from other users based on books he has marked as read. The site allows readers to connect and learn about books others have enjoyed in order to find similar books. Author information is also available on the site, where readers can find other books written by a particular person as well as links to other sites where the author updates frequently.
LibraryThing is another site that allows readers to keep track of their books. Users can make lists of books they have read or want to read. LibraryThing is very similar to Shelfari with a few additions. On LibraryThing, the user can search for books not only through the site, but also through Amazon as well as the Library of Congress. LibraryThing also allows the reader to search for books in libraries all over the globe and in different languages. Like Shelfari, LibraryThing allows you to search authors and view books written by that particular author. Something different LibraryThing has is forums. The site allows the reader to join in conversations that are happening between people whether or not the reader is part of the group. For more exclusive discussions, there are groups people can join, but joining a group is not a requirement to socialize on the site.
Another similar site is Goodreads. Goodreads is very similar to Shelfari in most of its aspects. Unlike Shelfari, Goodreads lets the user simply list the books by different types of organizational skills depending on what the user prefers. Much like Shelfari, Goodreads allows its users to receive book recommendations, add friends, and join groups in order to expand their library. The site also lets users track their progress of books and can be linked to the user’s Twitter account and tweet whenever Goodreads is updated. The site also lets the user create different lists, allowing the user to arrange the books in any way he or she so desires.
One favorable difference between Goodreads and the other two sites is the ability to actually connect with authors. Goodreads allows authors to have pages where they can interact with their fans, update their own book lists, and keep their own book pages up-to-date. Authors are also to create trivia challenges that users can participate in and test their knowledge of the books.
With various sites similar to those mentioned, avid readers are able to connect with other readers and find other books they might enjoy. These sites are just one of many new creations that are bringing people with similar interests together.