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It seems that so many of these types of sites are popping up and I am confused with the differences. Does anyone know the main differences and pros/cons of each.
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My fav site is Goodreads, but they all serve a function. I use Library Thing mainly for a visual library, where as I use Goodreads for connecting with other readers, it is more interactive. Shelfari I am a member of, but don't really use it much. And then there is http://www.bibliophil.org/about.php
 

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My fav site is Goodreads, but they all serve a function. I use Library Thing mainly for a visual library, where as I use Goodreads for connecting with other readers, it is more interactive. Shelfari I am a member of, but don't really use it much. And then there is http://www.bibliophil.org/about.php
There's a large Kindle Group on Shelfari. Shelfari is the only one I use and try to keep up with. I like my Shelfari Widget on my myspace page. Click the Shelfari button below to go to my Shelfari bookcase. I use a Kindle tag for all my books on my Kindle and that way I can keep track of the number of books on Kindle.
 

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I use LibraryThing.  I'm not as familiar with the other sites you mentioned.  I don't really use it to interact with other readers, but I like how I can format the information about what books I currently own.  I like that I can tag particular books with "Kindle", and that they already show that format when I imput them to my bookshelf.  I also like the ability to quickly look up books on my mobile phone while I'm standing in the middle of Borders.
 

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I've used Shelfari and like it; just got LibraryThing and haven't spent much time there, but it seems cool too.
 

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I have never heard of Shelfari or LibrayThing. I was using Goodreads o track mybooks, but the interface was kind of a pain for me. I will check out the others and if they are more what I am looking for. Thanks!
 

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Well I dug up the Shelfari profile, so if anyone wants to friend me or whatever.

http://www.shelfari.com/o1517203920

I do remember it, I thought it was pretty cool, I couldn't go on it too much because I can't access it at work.
 

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Thanks for the replies. LibraryThing seems more robust, but complicated. I now have a account on all three. GoodReads seems the most social of the three. I guess it is just whatever you are looking for.
 

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I just updated my Shelfari tag. Click on it and it takes you to my bookshelf and gives you the current total of books I have on my Kindle. I heard of Shelfari first and have stayed with it. Shelfari is owned by Amazon.



http://shelfari.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/08/shelfari-joins-the-amazoncom-family.html
August 25, 2008
Shelfari joins the Amazon.com family

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/25/amazon-aquires-shelfari-moves-to-corner-social-book-space/
Amazon Acquires Shelfari: Moves To Corner Book-Centric Social Networks

http://profy.com/2008/08/25/amazon-acquires-shelfari-awkward-competition/
Amazon Acquires Shelfari and Places It in an Awkward Competition
Svetlana Gladkova,
on August 25, 2008,

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2008/08/25/daily8.html?jst=b_ln_hl
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Amazon.com buying ShelfariPuget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

http://www.seattlepi.com/business/376443_amazonshelfari26.html
Amazon.com buys Shelfari, a startup for book lovers
 

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As many have said on this thread, there are good points about all these book sharing sites but entering the data for every book one reads in multiple applications is too time consuming. Does anyone know of an easy way to import/export/synchronize books between these web apps?

The native export and import features use different file formats and the RSS feed only gets some of the tiles and makes numerous mistakes.

 

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I started with Shelfari but found it cumbersome (for me). Now I use LibraryThing, which allows me to easily see data on my collection in various combinations. You can see my page at http://www.librarything.com/profile/auntmarge64 and my library at http://www.librarything.com/catalog/auntmarge64. You might be interested in looking at some of the different formats I've set up for viewing the information: click on the letters A, B, C, D, or E at the top of each page.

LibraryThing is also collecting data which is being input by users and will eventually allow for detailed searching by characters, events, places, important literary relationships in authors' lives, awards, series, quotes, first and last words, dedications, and various other facts. See, for example, these two entries: http://www.librarything.com/work/4646369 and http://www.librarything.com/author/whartonedith. Be sure to cursor down through each page.

It really does depend on which site you feel comfortable using. All three sites have advocates, and some people use more than one. I like using just one, and I contribute to the data being collected. It suits me very well.
 

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For those with a LibraryThing account that want to import, check out this page here. I thought I did it with the order history, but I just checked and I used the Media Library. Follow the instructions for importing from Media Library. When you get to item 6, and you need to view source, its under the View menu on your web browser, or command U on a Mac. When the window pops up, you'll see something that looks like this about 2/3rds down. These are just some of my asins in between the quotes, yours will be different.

ratingList['B000FC27PE'] = '0';
ratingList['B000TE0R78'] = '0';
ratingList['B0019SDW4S'] = '0';
ratingList['B001JL15CQ'] = '0';

select all of them and copy. Then go the universal importer in LibraryThing. The third item down is Paste Text (list or source code). Paste your items and hit Grab.

I'm not convinced it gets all the books (it seems to miss a lot of the free stuff), but its a good way to get many of your books into librarything.

If its still not working for you and your MediaLibrary is public, I could try to get your list for you, and I'll pm it back to you. You can pm me with info on how to find your listing.
 

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I can try that. is there a way to drop the "tags" into it. I have not finished reading the my K list and the way I add I can never get to the bottom! I catalog books for work so I know how to find the subjects/tags but wondered if librarything would load them for you.
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I was also wondering which of these services would work for me.  I went through the "tours" and joined LibraryThing.  I have only loaded one title so far.  My DTB listing should be interesting to try to enter.  It's good to see there is a way to import the Kindle titles.
 
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