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A social cataloging website for books!


Shelfari is a social cataloging website for books. Shelfari users build virtual bookshelves of the titles they own or have read, and can rate, review, tag, and discuss their books. Users can also create groups that other members may join, create discussions, and talk about books, or other topics. Recommendations can be sent to friends on the site for what books to read.

Shelfari promotes its “virtual bookshelf” as one of its main features.
The virtual bookshelf displays covers of books which the user has entered, with popups to show the user’s book information (review, rating, and tags). Sorting by author, title, date, rating, or review is available to the viewer of the shelf. Users may organize books into different shelves, including already read, currently reading, planning to read, wish list, currently owned, and favorites.
The Shelfari catalog may be edited by users, though some changes must be approved by Shelfari “librarians.” Using wiki functionality users may edit each book’s authors, title, publication data, table of contents, first sentence, and series. Users may also combine redundant books into a single entry or add new titles not found in the catalog. Similar to books, author pages may be edited or created. In addition to general catalog maintenance, users are encouraged to contribute reviews, descriptions, lists of characters and settings, author biographies, categories, and descriptive tags.
Most books in the Shelfari catalog come from the large Amazon catalog, including Amazon Marketplace listings added by independent resellers. These books link back to Amazon and display current pricing and links to AbeBooks for used book sales.
Shelfari has a group creator, which allows you to talk, play, or discuss your books.

It says it’s 6 (ish) years old, I just found it today. It’s neat so far, but only time will tell.
I think these bookshelves are going to be a big help to me, I’m in the middle of screwing something else up – so it came at the perfect time!

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