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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.

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