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On my previous post, I promised to post a comparison between the two book community sites, GoodReads and Shelfari.

Both of them are very similar to each other and have practically the same options, but GoodReads has allows you to collect quotes, trivia, add events and share your writing. It also has videos. I think the ‘writing’ section was totally unnecessary, and ‘quotes’ is an important feature which Shelfari doesn’t have. If only you could add ‘book excerpts’… I’d love to treasure my favorite Gabriel Garcia moments! ‘Trivia’ is a great idea, but the way they are displayed isn’t practical and doesn’t allow you to enjoy them.

One of the most significant GoodReads feature is that you could create your own shelves, other than the shelves which are available: To-read, currently-reading, and read. But I’ve also noticed that you could only create ‘”sub-shelves” under the shelves which they give you, which is ok, but it would’ve been better if you could create your own bookshelves.

The two sites both have pros and cons at finding books. GoodReads has an excellent ‘other editions’ feature, which gives you a list of many other publication editions of a specific book, and when you find the edition you want (or which looks like the one you own), you then click ‘switch to that edition’. That’s how I find most of my books; but I’ve noticed that some books have wrong covers, and I can only correct them if I apply and get accepted for a ‘librarian status’  (I applied yesterday and haven’t got accepted yet). Non of the two sites are perfect at finding books, but rare books are better found on GoodReads. Also, on GoodReads you could track which page you’re reached on books you’re ‘currently reading’.

Shelfari is more practical and visually interesting than GoodReads. GoodReads has a neat design, and a wonderful ‘cover’ display option for your shelf, but its ‘groups’ page and a few other pages are a bit cluttered and overwhelming. I don’t know why, but I still haven’t made any friends on GoodReads; whereas on Shelfari, it was very easy to view other’s profiles and shelves and request their friendship. On Shelfari, you could see your whole profile on one page: groups, friends, notes and your shelf. Thumbs-up for Shelfari on their design and practicality.

Both Shelfari and GoodReads allow you to create and join groups, but group interactions, like creating and engaging in discussions and joining groups, is much neater and spacious on Shelfari. As I said before, GoodReads is too cluttered and everything on it is so tiny.

I find it difficult to settle on either site of the two, which I’ll have to do eventually. I want GoodReads because I could add and name my own shelves; and I find it easier to socialize, discuss and make friends on Shelfari. For now, the perfect booklover heaven hasn’t been created yet, but Sherlfari is pretty engaging – breezy socialization is a vital part of it!




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I have been addicted to Shelfari ever since I discovered it a few days ago.

Shelfari is an online community for bookworms to create their own bookshelves and sort their books there. You can join or create groups to connect and discuss with other people with the same tastes.

I love shelfari because of all those possibilities you could do and also because of the design of the website, which is simple and very practical.

If you love to read then I highly recommend that you create an account.

Check my profile: http://www.shelfari.com/zawan

Shelfari is not the only book community site; others include goodreads and librarything.

I think librarything is too cluttered and unappealing.

Both goodreads and shelfari are very good, and I’m a member on both of them because I can’t choose one to stick to; each one has great features which the other doesn’t have!

Hopefully, I shall post a comparison between the two on the upcoming post.




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