Despite an overabundance of social networking sites clamoring for a writer’s attention, I thought I’d take a look at a site very similar to Goodreads. Have you heard about LibraryThing?
LibraryThing (LT) is much like Goodreads (GR), except LT seems to focus more on data and stats. Perhaps it’s the way the sites are designed. GR feels more personable and light; I see pictures of people next to the book covers. LT feels more introverted and eccentric (in a fun way).
Both sites allow members to rate and review books. Where GR allows members to create and participate in polls and lists, LT allows users to add tags to books.
Both also offer author programs. In addition to setting up your profile and adding your books and information, authors at LT also can add book events and chat with other authors and readers.
But there’s one colossal difference between the two sites’ author giveaway programs. LT allows ebook giveaways! (Someday, GR will tiptoe into the 21st century and embrace ebook giveaways. Maybe.) If you check out the LT members giveaway page, you’ll notice books by indie writers alongside traditionally published paper books.
As a reader, what I like the most about LT so far is the recommendations feature. You rate a handful of books, and LT generates a list of books you might enjoy. Some are written by the same authors you’ve already rated. But other books recommended will be completely new to you. LT will allow you to find other members with similar bookshelves to your own, too. Pretty nifty!
You can also purchase LT merchandise, including shirts, mouse pads, stickers, bags, and even “The LibraryThong” with the LT logo and motto on it. Clearly, people who love LT really *love* it. I just don’t see GR offering a thong for sale, since apparently ebook giveaways are too forward for them.
LT is a considerably smaller fishbowl than GR. Founded in 2005, LT has more than 1,500,000 members and 50 million books in its system. GR, founded in 2007, has more than 7,600,000 members and 280 million books.
If you’re interested in getting a better look at LT, visit the site’s short introduction .
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