Book-related websites are a penny a dozen, and one of the more important ones that every literature aficionado should have is a virtual bookshelf to display the books s/he has read. There are nine websites that offer such services to bookworms:
I have an account here, displaying all the titles I have read since 16. What I like about this site is that I can put in unlimited titles. What I don’t like about this site is that the layout is quite disorganised and it takes quite long to load on my dial-up.
I have two accounts here, one for my personal Top 200 books, and one to display my personal bookshelf. What I like about this site is the clean, bright layout. What I don’t like about this site is that you have to pay a fee if you register more than 200 books – it’s a lifetime fee, though.
I just discovered this, but I don’t have an account here because I don’t need one, though I wish I do. It looks like it combines the best of reader2 and LibraryThing; I’d recommend giving it a try before the previous two mentioned.
I have an account here, but I have yet to use it. The layout is exactly as Gmail, which I thought was cute. This site offers more than a virtual bookshelf – you can also put in titles of the movies you’ve watch, or dvds you own, etc. It loses points on layout and I thought the system was complicated, which was why I wasn’t interested in using it. It does win some points for being more than a virtual bookshelf.
5. All Consuming
The tagline of this site is What are you consuming? Similar as Gurulib’s format, but besides recording “consumptions” of book, movies and the like, you can also record consumption of food and drink! (But when I click on Food and Drink it strangely brought me to movie titles that were “consumed” by members.) Layout seems to look better than Gurulib’s, though I can’t say for sure as I don’t have an account here.
6. Delicious Library
If you like to keep log of your books, video games, movies but do it offline, this site offers a program you can download. At the front page, it keeps mentioning the Mac, so I suspect this might only be good for Mac computers.
This site has also a downloadable program to keep an archive of books you’ve read. I like this concept; you don’t have to be online to update your reading log. I’m going to download it.
It is touted as the “Friendster for bookworms.” It is a concept that enables you to compile a booklog and keep track of your friend’s booklogs. Should be a great tool to keep up with what your friends are reading and at the same time yours.
Looks like a very book-centred site, unlike the others where you can archive titles of movies, video games and whatnot besides books. Besides keeping a log of your books, there are other book-related activities in the site that promotes a community feel, such as book reviews. A clean, appealing layout. I won’t try it out just yet, but I just may in the future.
If you know of any other similar website that I have missed out, please leave a comment and a link there.