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Subject: Goodreads
Date Posted: 5/20/2010 1:17 PM ET
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I really, really like this website, but I can't decide how to best use it. I know that sounds silly; you add your books, there's nothing to it, right? But I have a "Book Catalog" of my own that I've been working on and adding to for years. It would be silly to maintain both, right?

Also, just the idea of moving all of the info in my Excel book catalog to Goodreads fills me with dread. That could take weeks! Or, months, ugh. I really do like the idea of having all of my book info on the web though. I'd never lose any info if my computer had an untimely death, that's a plus, but I always back up anyway. I also have info in my book catalog that wouldn't have anywhere to go at Goodreads; like author and series lists, prize lists, other junk that i think I need. I adore making lists! lol

One plus for me would be easier access to my books while I'm out shopping. My catalog is so huge now that my blackberry won't store it, but I can get online anywhere so I'd always be able to check my books while shopping. It would keep me from buying duplicates; that is a huge plus!

So. What would you consider as the pros and cons of using Goodreads? Would it be worth the hassle of adding on all of the book catalog information? Or worth the hassle of maintaining both?

What do you like best about Goodreads? Or, do you hate Goodreads and use some other fabulous book thingie that I haven't heard of yet?

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 2:07 PM ET
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I believe there are ways to import your books but I never tried it. I used downtime at work (shhhh, don't tell) and added my *read* books to the shelf from my old Amazon reviews, etc. There is a GR Feedbacks group where you can ask questions - I'll send you an invite shortly.

I do like the shelves and that you can make your own as well. It's fun to see what others come up with, i.e. own/ARC, etc.

My favorite part of Goodreads is the community itself. Once you start making friends and you open up you GR page those feeds are just a lot of fun, plus you can comment on other's activities. Karla and Jeanine recent aquisitions are particularly good fun devil

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 2:13 PM ET
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I've never gone to Goodreads, but people are asking me all the time if I'm on there. 

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 2:27 PM ET
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Mimi, it really is a ton of fun. I've sent three I've *met* recently on Amazon over there and received huge thank you's. Give it a whirl.

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 9:11 PM ET
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I'm on Goodreads and Library Thing because I got tired of buying/swapping duplicates.  So far so good on both.  I find it's more of a hassle to add books on Library Thing though because you have to go to a search page and then you have to wait for it to search again before the book is put into your library.  With Goodreads, the search function is already in the top right corner of the page. 

Library Thing has a nice function that suggests MORE books that you might like.  Goodreads has, well, Cathy to suggest MORE books you might like.  =)

I'm getting a little self conscious because other people can see my growing TBR list/pile....

The other day I tried to export/import my Library Thing books into Goodreads and ended up with a whole bunch of duplicates and some interesting results.

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 9:34 PM ET
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Goodreads has, well, Cathy to suggest MORE books you might like.  =)

Sorry about that. Not. I bailed for the most part on librarything when I exceeded the limit and they wanted me to pay to increase my shelf. I mosey over there for the giveaways but that's about it. I live to corrupt elsewhere cool

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 8:47 AM ET
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Note to self....do not go to Goodreads...do not go to Library Thing...you are corrupt enough as it is......

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 9:36 AM ET
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I enjoy Goodreads, and it's also good for keeping track of when you started and finished books (you can input dates for it).  And of course the giveaways!

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 9:53 AM ET
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Note to self....do not go to Goodreads

A very very dangerous place is Goodreads. I like the date tracking feature as well. As for the *shelves* you can make, I was howling at one of Karla's yesterday, death-by-fire. Methinks those were books she hated devil

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 10:29 AM ET
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I still can't find out how to find Ruth on there to invite her as a friend.

Date Posted: 5/22/2010 11:34 AM ET
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It sounds like everybody has so much fun at Goodreads! I guess that would be the best thing about it. I think I might start adding the books I get from now on to my account there and see how it goes. I really would like to have all of my books online and once I got all of my books added, it really wouldn't be a big deal to update Goodreads and my catalog. I think I'm going to give it a try.

Wouldn't it be nice if PBS joined up with Goodreads so that when we mark a book received here, we could have it added to Goodreads at the same time? BookMooch has that exact set up with LibraryThing and it worked well while I was there. I'm with Cathy on LT though; don't want to pay! Especially when I already have my own catalog that is free and exactly how I want it.

I appreciate all of you giving me your opinions! Thank you!

Letty, I wish I could help you find Ruth, but I barely know how to do anything there yet! Can you email or pm Ruth and ask her to send you a friend request? That would solve the problem, wouldn't it?

Date Posted: 5/22/2010 3:58 PM ET
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I like LT for tagging/cataloging my books and Goodreads for getting suggestions for folks who like to read what I do. (I like PBS for that reason too. smiley)

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 7:30 PM ET
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Those of you GR members we started a new list called Hunks in History. Anyone can add books to the list and/or vote on those already there. A close close race so far. http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/5443.Hunks_in_History

Date Posted: 10/28/2010 5:27 PM ET
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I'm sorry to bump this, but I finally joined Goodreads and now I need to figure out what to do next. 

Date Posted: 10/29/2010 3:16 AM ET
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I love Goodreads.  When I first joined, I imported my PBS books I've read file, so I wouldn't have to start fresh. 

I like the way it has everything organized.  It's easy to read.  You can sort it many ways.  I also like that I can make my own categories to file books under.

There are some other fun features like the giveaway contests and reading author blog posts.

I also like how under friends you can see what they are reading.  You can also do compares to see how a friend liked books you've read.

By the way there is a paperbackswap group on Goodreads if anyone is interested:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/3466.Paper_Back_Swap

Date Posted: 10/29/2010 1:27 PM ET
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Mimi, make shelves for your books as you want them. Read, own, libary has, to read, book sucks, book rocks, whatever else you want. Also start making friends with those of us there - when you have friends you get these wonderful feeds of activity when you go to GR home page. Join groups.

Date Posted: 10/29/2010 1:32 PM ET
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I saw you, Misfit, but I couldn't add you as I'd exceeded my friend request number (which was only like three) so I'll get back to that.

Date Posted: 10/31/2010 4:41 PM ET
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I'm on Goodreads, too.  I know I'm friends with a few peeps from here, would love to add more.