The Big List of Bookish Social Networks

I would quickly like to share this article by on bookish social networks. Written in 2007, it lists a number of different platforms I did not all know. What is even more interesting is the description following each mention. For example, Goodreads is a

"Simple bookish social network that emphasizes book recommendations from other users."

Others like ConnectViaBooks or LibraryThing are called to be "watched". As I use Goodreads, after trying out LibraryThing among others, I am surprised how the net has changed over the last 2 years and how it has affected the book community. I do not know how GR was before this spring 2009 when I joined, but I believe it is today one of the most promising bookish networks. It is easy to use and allows any reader to be complex in shelving or not. Authors like Paulo Coelho and Neil Gaiman have joined and contribute to their fans' newsfeed with their blog entries and readings. But what makes GR able to face the future is its flexibility based on its librarians - readers who participate in a wikipedian style to improve book information and correct mistakes.

I will check out some of these other bookish networks and would be pleased about an update of this list.


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Constantly changing places is inherent to my life. Books have always been steady friends which I could bump into wherever I was all over the world.
Stumbling upon Kaminer's German stories of "Die Reise nach Trulala" in Reykjavík's city library is as moving as meeting the Icelandic sagas in Boston's Borders.
To see a book again, that I've read thousands of kilometers away makes me smile "Hey I know you.." and shake hands by thumbing through it for a while.