Confessional of a digital dudette on the run – that’s what I like to peg myself as. There’s been a lot of talk on here lately about the run, but not so much about the digital. Thus, I thought I’d share another one of my latest digital addictions: Shelfari.
Think of Shelfari as your personal library where you can track and rate the books you’ve read, the books you are currently reading and the books you plan to read, all organized and socialized by Amazon (smart business move, Amazon).
For someone extremely time strapped, I’m loving Shelfari simply because it’s a great place to plug in the great books I’ve heard about and want to be reminded of later. I used to just list them in Wunderlist, but I’d end up having to look them up again on Amazon anyways. Thus, Shelfari is another great “list” tool and I love me some lists!
I haven’t quite leveraged any of the social elements yet because none of my friends are using the tool, but apparently you can join groups to discuss a book and see what books your friends are reading.
Some other great features:
- Creating goals for the quantity of books you want to read and Shelfari tracking your progress
- Finding friend’s recommendations
- Utilizes Amazon’s search algorithm and reviews directly within the site
- Extended book extras with one click
- Ability to “hide spoilers” from the reviews
- And of course, the ability to buy the book directly
There are significantly more features around groups and discussions, but honestly, I don’t have time for any of that – I consider myself lucky if I even read a book every two months.
It’s also quite revealing to see what’s on other people’s shelf. Just by taking a look at mine you can easily see a) what’s important to me at the moment, b) I’m not into fiction, c) I’m currently not reading any “literature.”
I know there are other sites out there like this, but I’m a big fan of Amazon and tools that seamlessly link my existing accounts so I don’t have eight gazillion profiles.
You can find me on Shelfari here. Oh and just a friendly reminder, Shelfari/Amazon did NOT reach out to me to talk about this. Just a genuine site that I like and I thought I’d share it with you.
How do you organize your reads? What are you reading now?