I am contemplating the idea of ditching Shelfari. I don’t really use it as a social network near as much as I use Goodreads, but it has two features I like:
- It lets you count re-reads, and you don’t have to delete your previous reading date to do it. You can simply add a new date. Goodreads makes you delete the previous date if you want to count the latest date. Lots of folks re-read. Not sure why a re-reading feature hasn’t been implemented.
- It has pretty shelves that you can display on your blog if you like or just look at.
I ditched LibraryThing some time back with no qualms. It limits the number of books you can put in your library for free. But Shelfari, I’m just not sure about. The first reason, re-reads, is the main reason I keep using Shelfari. If Goodreads ever implemented re-reads, I’d be all set, and as soon as I saved my re-read data to Goodreads, I’d leave Shelfari in a heartbeat.
Apparently Goodreads is weighing incorporating this feature, but frankly, from what I understand, there has been a lot of thinking and not much movement when it comes to the re-reading feature. A lot of people want it, if the thread I linked is any indication. I even joined the feedback group for the express purpose of adding my opinion to the conversation.
I really wish that Goodreads would just add the re-reading feature. I know it would mean making some database changes. I am growing a little tired of keeping track of books on Shelfari altogether mainly because I just don’t use its features, and I don’t seem to have as many reader friends who use and with whom I connect on that site.
What do you think? Do you use either Goodreads or Shelfari?
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I always intend to use Goodreads more, but then I can’t ever remember to. I use LibraryThing to catalog my books — my mum swapped me a lifetime LT membership in exchange for me cataloging a whole bunch of her books when she wasn’t in the mood to do it. So I am SET. For LIFE.
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I think it’s hard to use more than one. I just wish Goodreads had that one extra feature that I like, and then I would be set for life.
Agreed with you on the re-reads. I used to use a self-hosted solution for cataloguing books and reads until, as with so many open source projects, the developer moved onto other things and security and compatability issues started cropping up.
Since then I’ve been on Goodreads, but being unable to track re-reads is something of a pain. Have you considered using any of the workarounds on Goodreads (some people add different editions of a book, for example)?
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I haven’t really thought about that, but I guess what I would really like is what Shelfari has, which is the capability of adding a new read date to a book I already have. Anyway, I do hope they decide to implement the feature at some point.
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