4 Social Networks for Book Lovers
You probably already know that we’re big fans of reading. Another thing at the top of our list? Talking about books, which is why we were thrilled to discover a round-up of social networks designed specifically for readers.
Whether you want to dive into a discussion about your favorite book, ask others for reading recommendations or even share your own writing, these literary-minded social networks help you do all of that and more. Here are a few we’re exploring now:
Scribd: Billed as “the world’s largest online library,” Scribd is a great option if you’re interested in exploring original written content. Jason Boog of AppNewser describes it as “the largest book club on the planet,” so if you’re interesting in discussion a particular genre of work, Scribd is your ultimate destination. You can sign in with Facebook to easily find friends who are already on Scribd and check out what they’re reading and publishing.
Goodreads: We’re big fans of Goodreads, which we consider a virtual extension of our bookshelves. You can list what you’re reading and, when you’re done, write reviews. Plus, you can participate in book discussions and get recommendations on what to read next, too. Other fun features include quizzes, trivia, literary quotes and the chance to vote in the annual Goodreads Choice Awards.
Copia: This social eReading platform is more than a sharing and discussion source. You can also buy books, take and share notes and start study groups, which makes this an especially ideal choice for students. Plus, Copia gives users the ability to annotate their favorite books and add feedback. Say you’re browsing a cookbook, for example, and want to suggest a new recipe. You can make a note of it in the ebook and see other notes. Don’t want to be distracted by this feedback while you read? You can opt to hide the notes, too.
Shelfari: Powered by Amazon, Shelfari lets readers create virtual bookshelves and discover what their friends are reading. Want to chat about a particular book? Join one of Shelfari’s online book groups to share ideas and input. The site also offers opportunities to interact with authors, especially handy if your favorite author isn’t currently on tour. If you’re in the market for something to read, browse Shelfari’s continually updated lists, including New York Times bestsellers, featured books and Amazon’s best books of the month.
Technology’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to do some more exploring and meet up with other like-minded readers. We hope to bump into you, too. And if you have any other suggestions for book-centric social networks, we’d love to hear more!