Book Communities/Reading Social Networks


The major ones are:
  • LibraryThing Enter what you're reading or your whole library—it's an easy, library-quality catalog. LibraryThing also connects you with people who read the same things. Show your books: on a shelf or as a list. Library Journal says, "LibraryThing is a highly social service: find similar users, join groups, subscribe to watch lists or RSS feeds of your favorite LibraryThing catalogers, discuss books, and comment on others' collections." LibraryThing for Libraries lets you integrate many of LibraryThing's features in your own catalog. A widget allows you to share titles on your blog or webpage.
  • Shelfari A social networking site focused on books. Members can build virtual bookshelves, tag, discover, rate and discuss books, and participate in online groups. Owned by Amazon.com
  • GoodReadsGoodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. They have over 2,200,000 members who have added over 53,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more. Click here to read about how Goodreads works.


More Book Communities:

  • 22books Dedicated to the creating, sharing, and viewing of book lists. Titles link to descriptions from Amazon.
  • BookLamp is a system for matching readers to books through an analysis of writing styles, similar to the way that Pandora.com matches music lovers to new music and share comments with other readers.
  • BookMooch A community for exchanging used books. BookMooch lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want. Every time you give someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from anyone else at BookMooch.
  • Booktagger Another online bookshelf application to list the books you've read and to share them with others. Discover books to read by browsing others' bookshelves, list the books you've read and want to read and much more.
  • Muse A social utility that connects you with Internet2-enabled technologies and educators in your region and around the globe. Learn how next-generation Internet applications are being used everyday to inspire educational excellence. Take the "librarian's tour."
  • Web Junction from OCLC is an online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems, take online courses - and have fun.