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May 1, 2010

Great sites for readers

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Have you ever forgotten the title of a book you’ve read and want to recommend to someone else?  Picked up a book and can’t remember if you’ve read it before?  Or just like to keep track of how many books you’ve read in year?

There are many online sites now that let you do all of these things for free.

This site lets you list all of the books you have read, what you are currently reading, and save lists of what books you’d like to read in the future.  You can rate the books you’ve read, write a review and read the reviews that others have written. You can develop a network of friends and see what books they are reading and recommend.  You can join a variety of discussion groups or enter drawing for free copies of books.  If you have a Facebook account, you can automatically post the reviews of the books you’ve read so your friends can see them.

Shelfari allows you to build a virtual bookshelf where you can actually see the covers of books you have read or want to read.  Like Good Reads, you can develop a community of friends to compare reading tastes or join a book discussion club.  Shelfari will also compare your reading “rate” to previous years so you can see your progress (or lack of!).

This site also allows you to build lists of books you’ve read or want to read.  You can join discussion groups or be put into drawings for early copies of books to read and review.

Are there classic titles that you’ve always meant to read but never found the time?  On Daily Lit, you can sign up for daily installments of books–usually a chapter.  You can have it sent to you by email or mobile device.

Paperback Swap is an online community that allows you to trade books with other members for the cost of postage.  The name is misleading; books do not have to be paperback to be eligible.    You earn credits by listing a minimum of books that you own.  If  a member requests a book from you, you print out a mailing label and send the book at media rate postage (usually $2-3 per book).   When the member receives the book, you get a credit.  For each credit you have, you can request a book, which will be mailed to you at the owner’s expense.


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