03/07/2013

GoodReads

You may have noticed, the little G logo on this blog. Well, that's the link to my profile on Goodreads. As the name suggests, this is a book community. As stated on their site:
"Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love."
Their numbers are impressive: at the time of writing they claim 18 million members, 570 million books and 24 million reviews.

After registering, you can track the books you're reading, have read, and want to read. It's possible to organize you books in shelves, e.g. the topics you're interested in. Based on your library, the site recommends books. Before starting a new book, you may check its reviews. Like many social media, it's possible to see which books your friends are reading and to join communities. A nice feature - according to me - is to connect your virtual collection to the open source e-book library management application Calibre.

I really love Goodreads with its impressive book database including many reviews. It's easy to search and to organize your books. As Chris Anderson wrote in The Long Tail, you'll get reccommendations tailored to your reading habits and preferences. I know, Amazon does so too. However, I found a few nice titles I hadn't heard of before.

How do you keep track of the books you've read? Do you like suggestions what to read?

Happy reading!

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