With social media being all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before someone created a social media site for us literary types.
While it is easy to share reviews of books and keep up with your reading on Amazon.com, that site can give you a case of information overload. Sure, you can review your book, but do you want to see advertisements for a toaster or a new camcorder while you’re at it?
GoodReads.com has created a social networking site aimed at readers.
Before I get into this, let me state right up front that yes, there is an e-commerce component to Goodreads.com. You can buy books through them. So I’m not advocating that you buy your books here. I’d suggest that you get your books through Plano Public Library (or your local library — give ‘em your support and love!).
OK — GoodReads.com is kind of a Facebook for book lovers. It allows you to create find books, put them on your reading list, mark them “reading now”, or mark them as “read”. You can also post reviews.
Like other social media, Goodreads.com allows you to “friend” other readers, and includes the ability to search your own email contact lists for folks already on the site.
To give you a quick idea, here’s my profile.
The site can connect to your Facebook account, so your Goodreads updates show up there.
It also includes Groups, for readers with similar interests, and lots of other cool functions.
Check it out.