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OK, I've been a member of Shelfari and Goodreads for awhile now, more on Goodreads, I guess.  But the fact that I can easily import all of my book purchases to Shelfari has recently made it a winner.  And I'm finding it somewhat easier to navigate (though not a whole lot).

Any other users?  Anyone want to be friends on Shelfari? I'm looking for a few close friends.  ;D

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I'm on Shelfari . . . but haven't done much with it.  Maybe I should. . . . I know it links pretty easily to Amazon. . . . . .

I'm happy to be your friend. . . .I just have to figure out how. :D
 

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I like that there are more sort options than, say, using Manage Your Kindle.

Here's my profile link:
http://www.shelfari.com/betsytrue

If you go to that, you'll be able to "follow" me.

Then, I'll follow you back and we'll be besties!
;D

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How does one import books to Shelfari??
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I followed your link and clicked 'follow' but nothing happened.  I did post you a note. :-\

I'm www.shelfari.com/AnnVonHagel

I know. . . really original. . . . . ::)

Incidentally, the site is really really slow for some reason. . . I had it import my amazon books but when I go to my shelf there's just a spinning thing. . . . .:-\
 

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I'm on Shelfari! Mainly a little active in one cozy group and mostly active in a sci/fi group (we talk about books in general there.)

http://www.shelfari.com/mariaeschneider

Friend me, follow me, whatever it is that is done over there.

I think you can see my groups--the sci/fi one is pretty good. Some good book discussions.

Being able to import was a big plus, although I've been lax lately at adding and rating my latest reads. It's easier for me to do that on GR because it tweets them and will add to my facebook list if I want to update there.

Shelfari has some nice advantages to it though so I do use it.
 

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How does one import books to Shelfari??
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Once you have your account set up, click on the green "Home" tab. Then, on the right side of the screen (you may have to scroll just a bit), you'll see a link to "Import Books from Amazon." Click on that, you'll be prompted to log into Amazon, and then eventually (it takes a bit), all of your books will appear on your shelf.

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I followed your link and clicked 'follow' but nothing happened. I did post you a note. :-\

I'm www.shelfari.com/AnnVonHagel

I know. . . really original. . . . . ::)

Incidentally, the site is really really slow for some reason. . . I had it import my amazon books but when I go to my shelf there's just a spinning thing. . . . .:-\
Did you use the link below, or did you find my old account, Betsy the Quilter? You're not showing as a follower...it should show "followed" where it said "follow" before.

I'll try following you. And I'll look for your note. EDIT: I'm not find a note or a follow...

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I signed up to Shelfari recently, but prefer the Goodreads interface. Shelfari is shinier, though.

To import from Goodreads to Shelfari, I tried exporting from Goodreads to a .csv file and importing that file to Shelfari. That didn't work. What did work was to list all my books in Goodreads, get the RSS feed of that page, and use the address of that RSS feed to Import from a Web Page in Shelfari. It didn't catch all of 'em, but it caught most.
 

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I've always found Goodreads a bit cumbersome.  Though I suppose I'll still use it some.  The ability to import my books easily is a big plus, though.

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history_lover said:
I joined Shelfari but never used it so I deleted my account. Goodreads just has way more features.
Convince me, history_lover! I've never done much more than post books there that I've read. What features will I be missing if I switch to Shelfari? :)

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Betsy the Quilter said:
Convince me, history_lover! I've never done much more than post books there that I've read. What features will I be missing if I switch to Shelfari? :)

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For me, the main one is the ability to create custom shelves. Unless Shelfari has recently added that? I like being able to categorize my books however I want. Also, Goodreads gives me a lot of reading stats - like how many books I read in the year and how many of those I rated however many stars, how many were in what genres, etc. I don't think Shelfari has this. GR also have challenges you can join or set for yourself. And while Shelfari goes have groups/book clubs, I feel GR's are more active and better designed to encourage group reads.

For example, this group on GR has monthly group reads which can be displayed as "currently reading" right on the home page of the group with the designated time period the group will be reading that book: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/22454-historical-fictionistas - it also links to the section of the group discussions where the book will be discussed. Shelfari does have "group shelves" and one of which is "we're reading" but it does not display on the home page nor does it allow the group to specify when they are reading it or have a link to the discussion of the book. I gather because of this, no one seems to use it to organize group reads.

Lastly, I find GR generally has a lot more book ratings and reviews and the more feedback I get on a book, the better I can make a decision on whether to buy it.

Fair enough if most of these things don't appeal to you but they are both supposed to be social networking sites and I feel GR has more social interaction. For me, the only thing Shelfari did better was allow me to easily import my whole Kindle library - that WAS very convenient and allowed me to easily test out Shelfari with my library. But since I joined GR before I started reading Kindle books, I never needed that feature on GR anyway.
 

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I'm at both but find Shelfari extremely hard to navigate. I totally loose many of the places that I have posted in and never find my way back.

Also, never got a personal message, never got a friend request, and rarely was able to find a discussion group that fits either my genre, my author needs, or is in any way recently active.



I am a fictionista member at GR. 'Like it.
 

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I am on Shelfari but I too find it awkward to use and difficult to find my way 'round in. Perhaps I am just not tech minded enough but I stopped spending a lot of time there.
 

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For me, the main one is the ability to create custom shelves. Unless Shelfari has recently added that? I like being able to categorize my books however I want. Also, Goodreads gives me a lot of reading stats - like how many books I read in the year and how many of those I rated however many stars, how many were in what genres, etc. I don't think Shelfari has this. GR also have challenges you can join or set for yourself. And while Shelfari goes have groups/book clubs, I feel GR's are more active and better designed to encourage group reads.

For example, this group on GR has monthly group reads which can be displayed as "currently reading" right on the home page of the group with the designated time period the group will be reading that book: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/22454-historical-fictionistas - it also links to the section of the group discussions where the book will be discussed. Shelfari does have "group shelves" and one of which is "we're reading" but it does not display on the home page nor does it allow the group to specify when they are reading it or have a link to the discussion of the book. I gather because of this, no one seems to use it to organize group reads.

Lastly, I find GR generally has a lot more book ratings and reviews and the more feedback I get on a book, the better I can make a decision on whether to buy it.

Fair enough if most of these things don't appeal to you but they are both supposed to be social networking sites and I feel GR has more social interaction. For me, the only thing Shelfari did better was allow me to easily import my whole Kindle library - that WAS very convenient and allowed me to easily test out Shelfari with my library. But since I joined GR before I started reading Kindle books, I never needed that feature on GR anyway.
Ah, thanks. No, the social bits don't interest me as much, I have KindleBoards for that. I'm mainly interested in an online database with more options than Manage Your Kindle. Shelfari doesn't have shelves, but it has tags, just as good for me. And since I can periodically re-import my Amazon books to add new ones, it works well for me as I'm not very dedicated about adding books as they are purchased.

Edit, I can set a reading goal, which I have, and it's on my home page. Hope I do better than last year.

I can see, though, that for people who want the social stuff, Goodreads probably is a better choice. Thanks!

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I'm on Shelfari.  I don't do as much there as I do on Goodreads, but I'm there and always looking for a new friend.
 

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Betsy the Quilter said:
Ah, thanks. No, the social bits don't interest me as much, I have KindleBoards for that. I'm mainly interested in an online database with more options than Manage Your Kindle. Shelfari doesn't have shelves, but it has tags, just as good for me. And since I can periodically re-import my Amazon books to add new ones, it works well for me as I'm not very dedicated about adding books as they are purchased.

Edit, I can set a reading goal, which I have, and it's on my home page. Hope I do better than last year.

I can see, though, that for people who want the social stuff, Goodreads probably is a better choice. Thanks!

Betsy
Yeah. . .me too. . . .don't need the social bits.

And the only way in the world I would keep up if I can periodically re-import purchases from Amazon.

Doubt I'll bother about goals though. ::)
 

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Betsy the Quilter said:
Ah, thanks. No, the social bits don't interest me as much, I have KindleBoards for that.
KB is nice for discussing Kindle related stuff but when I want to be a part of a book club/group read or talk about the specific genres I love or read reviews, GR is the best.

If you're not interested in the social aspect at all, there is always www.kindle.amazon.com - don't even need to import anything and the social aspect isn't very active at all.
 
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