Comments: 10
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
One thing goodreads did do very, very right was to let you see reviews first from those you friended/followed. Of course, they've also announced that they will be improving review display so the the most useful reviews show first and have hired data scientists to work on. So who knows how long that will last?
Familiar Diversions 4 years ago
I really liked that. BookLikes sort of works that way, since, unless you spend time browsing the site, you ONLY ever see reviews from people you follow, but it's still a mess if you're looking for reviews for a particular title.
a TeMPLe of WoRDS 4 years ago
I have a post like this I have been working on for my blog - adding notes here and there as things happen to add to it. I like what you have said here - I have yet to try LibraryThings and I am still disappointed by Leafmarks (I have only one or two books there because it seems every time I try to add one, either it freezes on me or they don't have the book - both get really frustrating). Shelfari was something I enjoyed, but conversation is very minimal (though Char says she has had really good experiences with her group over there) and I feel very pressured by an author there who is constantly suggesting I read his stuff.

I liked Goodreads because it was all in one place. I guess I'm just going to have to realize that I no longer have that luxury anymore. *sigh*
Familiar Diversions 4 years ago
I used Shelfari briefly but never really got into it. LibraryThing had a HUGE learning curve for me. It took me a while to figure out how to add individual books. It boggles my mind that LT has no way to add a book directly on the LT page for that particular book - no matter what you do, you have to go to their "Add books" search page and add a book from there. And their bookmarklet (for adding books directly from Amazon) doesn't even work. I've adjusted to the way LT works, and it's got some great features, but it's not very user-friendly.
a TeMPLe of WoRDS 4 years ago
That sounds like a huge pain in the arse. Ugh. I don't want another one of those sites. :/
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
LibraryThing I used before (now defunct) my beloved Visual Bookshelf. Long enough to judge it wasn't really for me despite good book catalog. Now that they are partially amazon owned and still frown on shelving books you don't plan on reading -- nope. Not for me.

Amazon, until all the now beta and buggy goodreads integration, oddly allows you to export non-digital purchases to a csv file -- not your kindle books. But, if you import amazon account to Shelfari, Shelfari will export all your amazon book purchases to a csv file.

Prior amazon purchasing Shelfari, I liked it well enough (plus was one of the few that handled series info). I had barely started trying it when I fell in love with Visual Bookshelf and Fictfact. And I do know one reason I liked Living Social's Visual Bookshelf was the number of fellow readers and real life friends using, making it very robust and active; and the multi-level shelf options (this was before facebook let you note what you were watching, reading, etc. and had a wonderful facebook app).

Bottom line, where my friends go, so will I. Even if not my primary book cataloging site. Like half stars, I am finding that is something I very much enjoy on book sites. I can find new friends sporadically by reviews and groups; but, I very much care what my friends have to say and could care less about book sites just wanting to find my next read for me or to show me sanitized, "nice", book-promotional reviews pre-approved by authors (or removed at their request).
a TeMPLe of WoRDS 4 years ago
I'm the same way. I care about what friends suggest to me, not wanting book sites to just keep suggesting things (especially things like Goodreads that aren't even right most of the time on things I would want to read).
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
I miss those hilarious screenshots of "because I liked book x goodreads recommended..."; I have no idea why until this year they thought recommending books based on books you rated 1-star was a good way to do it just because you shelved the book.
a TeMPLe of WoRDS 4 years ago
I agree. It's insane. What's even funnier is that I don't like romance books, though I have read a few books that have romance in them, and my Kindle is CONSTANTLY suggesting romance books to me. o_O
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
Kindle device recommendations are utterly useless. Once upon a time when they first came out the recs were based on your recent reading and purchases; I dunno why that stopped other than amazon greed for advertising dollars or something.

My family has a household kindle account (no underage minors) so the amazon.com website recommendations are based on everyone's books. The recent viewing history and readers with your viewing history also enjoyed can be a real hoot. Particularly when I would double check goodreads librarian edits against amazon info — there's some weird shit out there but I would happily fix anything in the book catalog with no judgment. Sure got some odd looks from my honey though.