I love the library! I always wanted to be a Librarian. This week I'm giving you a top ten list of book and library type web applications! At this point most everyone has heard of LibraryThing, the most popular social cataloging website, or Shelfari, but here are a few websites for book lovers that you may not have heard about:
- BookSprouts - create online book clubs. Members can vote on which book to read next, have book discussions in forums, post book reviews, and hold meetings.
- Blippr - short reviews of 160 characters or less of books, movies, music, games, and applications.
- 22 Books - quickly create book lists of any type and then embed them in any website.
- Book Cover Archive - collection of over 1,000 book covers categorized and browsable by designers, authors, titles, art directors, photographers, illustrators, and more.
- BookJetty - cataloging app that will let you set up a bookshelf of titles you own or want and then easily search for them in your local library with a click.
- Book Glutton - read public domain books and discuss them with groups. You can annotate books and make comments public for discussions or keep them private. You can even upload your own books.
- Gurulib - cataloging program which lets members organize their book, movie, music, game, and software collections. You can use your webcam as a barcode readers to scan in items. You can even loan items out and members can track borrowed titles.
- Listal - catalog books, movies, TV shows, video games, DVDs, and music. Members can loan their items, import and export their catalogs, and create favorite lists that others can comment on.
- GoodReads - create lists, write reviews, form groups, create trivia questions about titles, and converse in forums.
- Paperback Swap – a hub for trading your paperbacks, hardbacks, audiobooks, and textbooks with others.
I want to give you one more website as a BONUS! – One of our Librarians has a book blog, Bookin' It, and reviews lots of interesting books. I've added several to my reading list from it!
I'm sure there are many more great book-related web sites and applications out there, please add your suggestions in the comments!