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Which is the better books social network - Goodreads, Books iRead, LibraryThing or Shelfari - and why do you think it works for you?

Asked by limyh (48points) July 10th, 2008

These are some of the prominent books social networks and I’m wondering which is the best. I’ve created a booklist in Books iRead but discovered some shortcomings. So, I’m wondering how Books iRead compared to other networks.

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susanettenheim's avatar

I love Shelfari so far. I looked at Goodreads and joined it but found it cumbersome and wasn’t drawn to return to it. LibraryThing is popular but too text heavy for me. Shelfari is just so much “fun.” Are you a teacher? I am in a high school.

drdoombot's avatar

Shelfari has a lot of eye candy, but I find it has no substance.

LibraryThing, on the other hand, is a dream come true for people who are into data. It’s very easy to find out which author you’ve read the most of, how many other people read the same book as you, what similar books you would like, what libraries are similar to yours, etc. Plus they have the discussion groups and the like.

Best of all, the developers of the site are also active members. There have been several occasions where I’ve had my suggestions put into use. In fact, the developers frequently poll the users to find out what changes they want and then have long discussions about how best to implement them.

I wish all sites were like LibraryThing.

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