Social Reading: Goodreads & Library Thing

15 Jul

Social reading is “actually quite simple: people want to share what they have read with other people and receive feedback about their thoughts and ideas.” (Mennella, 2001)
Two social reading platforms are GoodReads and Library Thing. These services allow Readers to create a catalogue of the books they own, have read and intend to read. These catalogues are shared with the GoodReads community along with star ratings and reviews.
These networks also allow readers to “be their own librarian” common features include the ability to:

  • Gather metadata about your collection
  • Track your reading and list your to do read pile
  • Arrange your collection on virtual shelves or by tagging in ways that make sense to you
  • Connect to other readers or groups and get recommendations from them
  • Rate and review books you’re read
  • Participate in Book Club style discussions of authors, works or genres
  • Access prepub and free copies of books for review

Both networks also offer Facebook and twitter integration for those who like to share more widely.

EXPLORE

  • Sign up for a Goodreads, Library Thing or other social reading account. Having trouble choosing have a look at Library Thing vs Goodreads by Amanda Nelson of Book Riot. (nearly a year old so take with a pinch of salt gives a nice sense of the different flavours of each service)
  • Download the Goodreads app and experience the geeky pleasure of using a barcode reader recreationally
  • Join a group on Goodreads or Library Thing and compare the activity to in person bookclubs you offer or attend.

DISCOVER

THINKING POINTS

  • Could you use for social reading tools in your library?
  • Compare this current openness about reading history with the protests by Librarians against of the patriot act. Do your clients have the digital literacy to protect their privacy and personal brand when sharing their reading lives?
  • Do companies like Goodreads and Library Thing who are providing services traditionally associated with libraries present a threat or an opportunity for Libraries

This post is based on 23mobilethings.net Thing 10.

Advertisements

4 Responses to “Social Reading: Goodreads & Library Thing”

  1. Cath Sheard July 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    I joined LibraryThing years ago but never really got into it. Recently I joined GoodReads because it will probably help me serve my customers better. And as a fiction buyer, it might useful too. I’m not a hard-out devotee yet, but increasingly I’m seeing the benefits.

  2. Morag Gray July 24, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    I use LibraryThing to catalogue the books I own, and Goodreads as a list of the books I have read. This seems to suit the functionality of each site. I’m less interested in the social aspects, but both sites do give interesting recommendations.

  3. Kim Salamonson July 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    I’ve been a member of Librarything but Like Cath never got into however have enjoyed exploring it find new things out.

  4. Kathy August 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    I am a member of both Library Thing and Goodreads but never seem to find the time to explore them properly. I do look at the reviews on Goodreads in my role as a fiction buyer, mostly to determine what genre a particular title would fall under- the reviews give just the detail I need.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Golden Age of Education

Highly Effective Tools and Strategies

melbrarian

LIBRARIANING, ART POUFFLE, SECOND LIFE AND MY ONGOING LOVE AFFAIR WITH MELBOURNE

Glutey Girl

A space for Australians and New Zealanders to learn the 23 Mobile Things

yadadarcyyada

Vague Meanderings of the Broke and Obscure

Social Media & Politics

Views and comments on political social media

The Octopus Librarian

A curious, friendly, multi-tasking librarian with a tentacle in every pie

kiwilibrarian.co.nz

A space for Australians and New Zealanders to learn the 23 Mobile Things

Where the Rivers Meet the Sea

A space for Australians and New Zealanders to learn the 23 Mobile Things

Learn, do, teach…too

A space for Australians and New Zealanders to learn the 23 Mobile Things

hls

...how would you Hack Library School?

Bonito Club

よろしくお願いします

Audacious Fizz

12 months of exploring ideas

International Librarians Network

A meeting place for librarians from around the world.

There she goes

Bookgrrl's Blog!

FINDING HEROES

librarians who dare to do different

Catherine's Online Learning Journal

A space for Australians and New Zealanders to learn the 23 Mobile Things

The world is quiet here

A space for Australians and New Zealanders to learn the 23 Mobile Things

flexnib

Home Online

ANZ 23 Mobile Things

A space for Australians and New Zealanders to learn the 23 Mobile Things

%d bloggers like this: