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October 27, 2007

Shelfari vs. LibraryThing

Filed under: LibraryThing,Shelfari — admin @ 5:46 pm

I was pleased to notice that Shelfari has shot past LibraryThing (according to Alexa anyway). I was always put off LibraryThing because there was a fee if you entered more than 200 books, which doesn’t exactly encourage you to get involved in the community….and its especially annoying as most of the site’s value comes from the members who put in the most effort!

I have taken to supporting web sites rather sports teams in reaction to the sad demise of Norwich City F.C.

6 Comments »

  1. Non-Westerners who can’t afford the $25 fee probably can’t afford enough books to reach the 200 mark anyway.

    N.B. this is not economic prejudice.

    I use three sites. Shelfari and bookarmy

    Both are free (bookarmy definitely).

    Comment by Anonymous — May 11, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

  2. I present myself as an example of the above statement. I am a student of Engineering from India.

    If I make a list of English fiction I've read, it would easily cross five-hundred books (may be even a thousand). So I have the reason and the interest to have an account on such a website.

    However, most of the books I've read were issued from libraries, borrowed from friends or purchased from scrap-pedlars for peanuts. (I know that's not exactly legal, but it helps me find some rare stuff, and it allows me to read as much as I want to). Most fresh books in stores cost the equivalent of around $5-10 here.
    Also, the internet I'm using is provided free to me by my university.

    The point is, I find $25 prohibitive. Even if it were $10, I would find it very inconvenient to make a payment online. Even if I could convince my suspicious dad that it was something genuine I needed to pay for (in order to ask him for his credit-card), it would be thought, just so "weird" that I would receive a negative answer.

    –ATG

    Comment by Anonymous — June 23, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

  3. anonymous said "most of the books I've read were issued from libraries, borrowed from friends or purchased from scrap-pedlars for peanuts. (I know that's not exactly legal, but it helps me find some rare stuff, and it allows me to read as much as I want to)."

    I'm wondering how many of these books from India would be on Amazon/Shelfari's database? Whether English is your language or not, it is definitely skewed to the US.

    I come from the UK, and LibraryThing definitely has the edge here because of its wider catalogue.

    Comment by Romney — August 18, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

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