Whenever I finish a book I update my Shelfari account; I enjoy being reminded of the books I’ve read, it’s amazing how quickly you forget them (and how few I actually finish). Anyway, today I added ‘Free’ to my shelf (after reviewing it over at the Online Journalism Blog) unfortunately someone has slightly edited the details:
(Nb. In case you haven’t read it, it’s nothing to do with Jesus).
Allowing users to contribute always risks the inclusion of misinformation and disinformation but, as with sites like Wikipedia, it is expected that the crowd will be self-correcting. However, unlike Wikipedia, Shelfari review the edits. Although the usefulness of the review is obviously open to question if they can’t spot such a glaring mistake in what is likely to quickly become a very popular book. Shelfari have managed to slow the self-correcting ability of the crowd, without the ‘review’ process adding any benefit!
On adding the latest book I had read to Shelfari I just realised that I have been a member for almost two years! This is a long time in web years, and there are surprisingly few other services that I have used for as long. I have long since replaced great and popular services like del.cio.us and Bloglines with Reddit and Newsgator, but somehow Shelfari has managed to keep my custom.
So what does two years of Shelfari tracking tell me? Basically, I don’t read enough. Whilst it’s the sort of conclusion most people can draw about themselves without having to track every book they read, it’s nonetheless interesting to put a firm number to our lack of reading. Since joining Shelfari, almost 2 years ago, I have read 54 books. Just over one a fortnight. According to some survey results from 2002 it would put me in the top 20% of readers:
- Nearly half of adults had read at least five books or more in the previous 12 months.
- Almost one in five claiming to have read 20 books or more in the previous 12 months.
Whilst some people would be happy with such a record, as I can legitimately spend hours reading books as part of my job it is pretty pathetic.
I would like to read at least as many books as I buy, and possibly start to make a bit of a dent into the piles of unread books I have stacked-up around my flat. I should therefore probably be aiming at reading 100 books a year, about four times as many as I do now. If only there were a couple more hours in the day
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.