Top 10 Tuesday:
Top 10 Bookish Communities
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
Goodreads is a large community of readers who can list the books they have read, customize and categorize them, make recommendations, join book groups, participate in quizzes, giveaways, write reviews, ratings, and much more.
Shelfari is a much prettier version of Goodreads, which allows book lovers to build virtual bookshelves, discover what books are being read on a daily basis by friends, or find top-rated books. Users can also add “book extras” like plot, quotes, character descriptions that are easily transferable between Kindle apps.
50 Book Pledge is clean and simple database that allows users to pledge a number of books they would like to read in a given year produced and hosted by Savvy Reader, HarperCollins Canada. It allows for a listing of books by book cover in two shelves: To Be Read Books and Read Books and calculates your individual pace. The number of books a user has read correlates to badges earned.
4. Book Vibe
BookVibe analyzes the books your friends are talking about on Twitter and Facebook (coming soon) to help you discover new books. It basically streamlines a list of books that are mentioned, talked about, and read by those you’re connected with on Twitter and soon-to-be-Facebook.
The Book Cover Archive is a database of book cover designs and designers that can be sorted by designer, title, author, art director, photographer, illustrator, genre, publication date, publisher, and even typefaces! A beautiful site.
Riffle is a book social community that houses a database which allows members to list books they are interested in reading, books they have read, books they recommend, and books they are currently reading on their profile and with others. Users can also create book lists.
7. Book Jetty
Like Goodreads, Book Jetty is a place where you can catalog your books, share what you’re reading on Facebook or Twitter, and even check book availability at over 300 libraries in 11 countries.
Book Glutton is an online bookstore and social community where you can create virtual book clubs, create a list of your collections, and also create notes. You can also connect your Book Glutton account to Facebook.
The 49th Shelf is a wonderful source of Canadian books that lists on its site: features, lists, articles, blog posts, festivals, and hosts some great giveaways.
10. Paperback Swap
The Paperback Swap is an online community of readers who would like to swap, trade, or exchange used books for free. Whenever you send out a book, you receive credits to then allow you to request books. One book equals one credit. Postage labels can be printed through Paperback Swap and cost of shipping is covered by the sender.
Of the above book sites, which are you a member or most active in?
Which site is new to you and you’d like to become a member of?
Are there any other book sites you would recommend?