Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bookish

The websites for readers have given me hope that literature is not dead after all. I joined Library Thing last year and spent a happy hour adding books to my virtual library and then never visited the site again.

Later, I heard that shelfari was good and once again joined, added a few books, and promptly forgot about it. Now I get creepy emails inviting me to "see what my friends are saying" over at shelfari. What friends? In fact, I just logged in at shelfari to investigate and discovered two invitations from people who want to befriend me. One of them has been sitting in my inbox since August. Guess what? He's an award-winning poet and author of "suburban fiction"! On his shelf are books he has written, plus books that appear to be borderline pornographic and which may or may not have been written by him. I wanted him to go away, so I declined.

I just googled "Suburban fiction" and discovered that it is reality-based stories that are ignored by the major publishing houses. Whatever. I have plenty to read that has been published by major publishing houses without turning to a weird genre like this.

Now everybody is talking about good reads, which has a slicker look than shelfari (those virtual wood bookshelves are really dumb) but again, the focus is on socializing.

I've decided to dust off my Library Thing library and share it with all my readers in a side bar on my site. Isn't that exciting?

2 comments:

  1. I joined Library Thing last year and spent a happy hour adding books to my virtual library and then never visited the site again.

    I did the same thing with Goodreads. :}

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