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Subject: Mystery/Thriller Forum readers, which do you prefer...
Date Posted: 6/28/2010 10:49 PM ET
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...Good Reads or Shelfari?  Do you use either of these?  Both?  Why do you prefer one over the other?

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 11:08 PM ET
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I used Goodreads. I feel that it is easier to use over Shelfari, plus it is what alot of my friends use.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 11:25 PM ET
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For what purpose?   That may make a difference in which site you prefer.

I'm on Shelfari, but not Goodreads.   I really like Shelfari.   One of the best aspects of Shelfari are the discussion groups.   On Shelfari ANYONE can set up a discussion group, so there are literally thousands and you can find a discussion group about any genre of books you like - or an author you like.   One of the things I don't like about Shelfari is that they allow teenagers on the site (it's a blessing that PBS doesn't).  But if you stay away from the teenage discussion groups (i.e. anything about Twilight or Harry Potter or other teenage topics), then it's not a problem.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 11:48 PM ET
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Lynne, that is exactly what I'm trying to sort.  From my perspective, the purpose of both sites is exactly the same:  a place to keep track of books, discuss books, and find books that you might otherwise not find.  I'm trying to ascertain the differences so I can decide if one makes more sense for me than the other. Right now I use (infrequently) Good Reads because that is the first site that I learned about for tracking books.  I guess I'm wondering if anyone has any strong biases toward one rather than the other and what those biases are.  Another friend recommended Shelfari so...I'm wondering what that site is all about.  My brief tour at Shelfari made it seem quite a bit like Good Reads.

I like the idea of good discussion groups. :)

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 12:39 PM ET
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I joined both Goodreads and Shelfari and I have to admit that I am terrible about keeping up with my books! So, far, I have been more active on Goodreads. If you read mostly series, have you checked out FictFact.com. LeeAnne? This is an absolutely marvelous site for keeping track of series. They show you all the books in the series and which are coming up next. Check it out and see if it would work for you!

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 4:22 PM ET
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Jeanne, I actually do use FictFact.  In fact, I sent an e-mail to them just yesterday requesting that they add Tarquin Hall's Vish Puri series to their site.  I got a response within two hours that the addition had been made!  Cool beans, no? :)

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 4:29 PM ET
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Oh good, LeeAnne! That is encouraging - I might ask them about some I've been wondering about!!

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 6:39 PM ET
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I am on Goodreads, but not Shelfari. I can't see needing both, I think they're pretty similar. You can also start your own group on Goodreads if you want...in fact, i started one for Historical Mysteries a couple of years ago but I'm ashamed to say I just don't have the time to keep up with it. Or rather, I don't MAKE time to keep up. Between book groups here, on Yahoo and Goodreads, if I participated regularly, it would leave no time for reading books! So I mostly don't participate much, just pop in once in awhile to see what the buzz is about.

I have been very pleased with Goodreads over the years and TRY to keep my library updated, write reviews, etc. I like the interface with Facebook also. I also belong to Library Thing, but it was a gift membership--you have to pay if you list more than 200 books--and I have found their software clunky to use and the site often goes down or loads slowly, so I haven't even visited there in months now.

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 7:00 PM ET
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Cheryl - I didn't realize that you had to PAY for Library Thing if you had more than 200 books! Obviously, I haven't been active enough there to list many books so...... sheesch! that's like paying a fee for a credit card. Who needs to do that these days?

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 11:34 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/30/2010 1:00 PM ET
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I use both, and prefer each one for different reasons. I like Shelfari's interface better -- the way you navigate the site and do stuff with your books is more intuitive to me, and it's prettier. I also like that on Shelfari you can edit book data yourself -- I've killed a lot of hours that way. And the discussion groups that I'm in on Shelfari are more active than the similar ones I found on GoodReads. On the other hand, I like how many more options I have for bookshelf organization on GoodReads (I have WAY too many bookshelves, and I use them all) and I've found that the level of discussion on GoodReads is a bit higher than that on Shelfari -- the people there are more serious about their books, and can discuss them more intelligently, than most of the people (not all, just a larger percentage) on Shelfari.

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 6:11 PM ET
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Okay, I'm back with an update.  I now have accounts at both Shelfari and Good Reads!  I couldn't really decide which I like better because each has functions that are really slick.  I'll just keep track and see which one I actually use more and more than likely, I'll drop one.  Eventually.

I have to say that I am LOVING FictFact.com.  As long as I put in the series that I want and mark the books I've read, it will tell me which one I need to read next.  I've sort of been using SYKM to keep track but there are times when I just can't remember which books I've read! LOL!  As long as I stay current on FictFact, I'll always know.  That site also notifies you when a book in your series is going to be published.  Pretty cool.