Thursday, September 20, 2012

Share What You're Reading

There are so very many books out there that are just waiting to be read. If you are like me, then sometimes it gets hard to remember what you have read, who the author was, how much you enjoyed a certain book, and when it was that you read it. There are websites out there where you can save all of this information for you own sake and to share it with your friends and family members. I wanted to share some of these website with you.

Goodreads at

"Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. We have more than 10,000,000 members who have added more than 370,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in January 2007."  (according to their website)

LibraryThing at

"LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth."

"A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. A paid account allows you to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime."

"LibraryThing is a full-powered cataloging application, searching the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 690 world libraries. You can edit your information, search and sort it, "tag" books with your own subjects, or use the Library of Congress and Dewey systems to organize your collection."  (according to their website)

Shelfari at

"Based in Seattle, Shelfari introduces readers to our global community of book lovers and encourages them to share their literary inclinations and passions with peers, friends, and total strangers (for now). Our mission is to enhance the experience of reading by connecting readers in meaningful conversations about the published word. Shelfari’s members can: build virtual bookshelves to express themselves to their friends and to the world, discover books that are popular in their trusted circles of friends, influence peers by rating and discussing books online, discover and learn from people with similar reading tastes, participate in online book groups to further explore literature and share ideas, and interact with and learn from authors. Shelfari was officially launched in October 2006 and was acquired by in August 2008." (from their website)

Revish at

"If you love reading and sharing your reading experiences you're in the right place! Revish lets you: write reviews of any books you read, maintain a reading list and share it with friends, keep a reading journal to look back and see what you were reading at any time, read reviews by other Revish members, create and participate in groups, to discuss books, reading or anything else, and use our API and widgets to include your Revish content on your blog or website."  (from their website)

Reader2 at

"This site allows you to keep a social list of the books you read and/or recommend. After you sign up you can add books to your unique list. You can view anyone else's books and they can view yours.
Extra user-defined data can be added to each book entry to organize and describe the book further such as descriptions, link, and tags. You can use tags to categorize (and thus organize) books so that you and others using this site will have an easier time finding new and interesting books."  (from their website)

aNobii at 

"aNobii is an online reading community built by readers for readers allowing you to shelve, find and share books. Our mission is to bring book lovers together and encourage reading. Use the aNobii website and Apps to find your next read and tell your friends about it. Don’t worry if some of your friends aren’t on aNobii yet as we integrate with Facebook and Twitter. The word “aNobii” comes from Anobium Punctatum, the Latin name for the most common bookworm. Sign up - it takes less than a minute and it’s free."  (from their website)

AboutRead at

"We believe 'Books can change World'. Reading is not only for pleasure or to study; sometime a few sentences in a good book can change a man's life. 
The goal of is to make reading simple, fun and meaningful. Aboutread helps booklovers:
1. Search for good books based on the unbiased Amazon reviews;
2. Check local library catalogue;
3. Organize book shelf and share with friends."  (from their website) 

One cool thing about AboutRead is that it can connect with the catalog from your local library. You can search for a book that sounds like a good read (after adding Texas City as your library at the top of the screen) and then click on "find in local library," and it will connect you to our catalog, so you can see if the book is available to check out.

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