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Social networking for book readers

September 4, 2011

Tags: social networking, LibraryThing

Media space for book reviews is shrinking but online communities for swapping books and sharing opinions about them are flourishing. Here are more than a dozen such sites;
BookMooch (Give books away. Get books you want.)
LibraryThing (enter what you're reading, or your whole library--and connect with people who read what you read)
GoodReads (a popular site for rating and commenting on books,for keeping track of what you read, and would like to read--or forming a book club, answering trivia, or collecting your favorite quotations)
Shelfari (another popular site for rating and commenting on books -- a community-powered virtual bookshelf, to display your favorite books and connect to people who love to read what you love to read)
BookCrossing (a popular book sharing site, with some paid features, including book tagging: You register a book, get a Bookcrossing ID, use that to physically tag a book, and release it (e.g., leave it in a coffee shop or on the subway). The person who finds the book you set free can register it, so you can follow where it travels)
inReads (WETA, DC's public television affiliated, launched inRead 6-22-11, in Beta). Lets users converse about books, read reviews and get recommendations. Read (PW account here).
Scribd (pronounced "skribbed") may be the largest book club in the world--on many topics
Kobo's Reading Life. Explore. Unlock. Share.
Wattpad (an eBook community). Fiction-oriented. Read stories. Vote for your favorites. Create a library.
Bookperk. HarperCollins' site offers perks for "insiders."
Nook Friends (Barnes & Noble site for Nook readers)
PaperBack Swap (a paperback book sharing service and community)
Revish (a book rating community)
Reviews of these and other niche social networking sites (Kevin Palmer, Social Media Answers)

Which reading site do you love (or hate) and why?