LibraryThing vs. Goodreads

December 29, 2008

Ok, for this exercise of the 23Things I was supposed to join LibraryThing. I already have a Goodreads account which I had gotten after comparing it to LibraryThing and Shelfari. They suggested that I join LibraryThing and then write a blog comparing the two. Here is my library catalog from LibraryThing.

I found that I like Goodreads better. What I really like about Goodreads are the different shelves that you can create for books. The three basic shelves are read, currently-reading, and to-read. LibraryThing does not have that, at least not as far as I can tell. I really like having the to-read shelf. That way if I come across a book that I want to read, but cannot at that time, I can put it on that shelf and be able to return to it later.

LibraryThing does give reccommendations, which is a good idea. However, their reccomendations were not that inspiring to me. Most of them were books that were by the authors of the books that I had added. There is nothing wrong with those reccomendations, but some of the other reccommendations made no sense at all. For example, this was reccommended to me: Space Shuttle Accident (1/28/86) Tape #1 by NBC. None of my books are about space shuttle accidents or news reporting! I do have The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on my list, and according to the website that is why the NBC news episode was reccommended to me….. there is a big difference between Douglas Adams and NBC news! All in all, NovelList and other RA websites are a lot better at reccommending new books than LibraryThing.

I do really like the group Librarians who LibraryThing. I love the thread of funny requests by patrons! Check it out when you need something to brighten your day!


One comment

  1. […] January 22, 2009 Filed under: Uncategorized — INTJ_librarian @ 10:02 pm At the end of 2008, I signed up for goodreads.  I read about it on jsmileytigg’s blog here. […]

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