This week, I’m highlighting my top ten bookish websites, organizations, apps, and so on (excluding book blogs). So without further ado…
10. Google Reader
Technically, Google Reader isn’t limited to bookish endeavors, but that’s certainly what I use it for. Here I can keep track of all my favorite blogs and sites. It can be really interesting to watch trends in reading and writing when all the blogs are side-by-side.
9. Paperback Swap
I have a lot of books, many of them unread. But when I read a book, and it’s not worth keeping around–gotta make room for the next one, after all–I can swap it out. I’ve told pretty much every bookworm I can think of about this program. Though I use it less these days–mailing all the books can be a bit of a hassle, and lately I’ve been donating books to my local library–it’s great to have a few credits when you find that book you’ve been eyeing!
I haven’t spent much time on InReads yet, but it was launched recently by my local TV station, WETA, and I am very excited to start using it. It looks great! Now if I can just figure out how to import lists from other sites, like…
LibraryThing is a great way to organize your books, get suggestions based on your taste, and see other readers’ rankings; in my experience, LibraryThing is usually the most accurate in judging how much I’ll enjoy a book based on others’ ranks. The only reason the site isn’t higher on this list is because of the interface; it’s not very intuitive.
Run by the American Booksellers Association (ABA), Indiebound is your one-stop online shop for independent booksellers. This is a great way to find new indies and support your existing favorites, and the interface is great!
5. Shelf Magazine
Shelf Magazine is a new digital publication that satisfies both the reader and the designer in me. It is beautiful and interesting, and I was super happy to get a free membership! (You can, too; just email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
4. Shelf Awareness
Even before I began reviewing books, Shelf Awareness was my go-to newsletter/site for all bookish news. I’ve been very pleased with their recent expansion and redesign. The editor, Bethanne Patrick, also began my favorite social media meme, #FridayReads.
Goodreads is essential for tracking the books I’ve received and read. It also allows me to update my status in a book as I go along, and I can compare my reading stats to previous years–a bookish win! Also, of course, the social networking aspect is great; us readers don’t get out much.
Netgalley is quite possibly the best thing that’s happened to me as a reviewer. I receive scores of awesome books on my ereader, and I don’t have to worry about getting rid of physical books! Win-win.
The best bookish organization I know of is still my local library. I search for books and put them on hold on my library’s website, and recently I’ve been taking advantage of its partnership with Overdrive–a great way to get ebooks and audiobooks for free!
Where do you like to go for bookish news and entertainment? What great sites and organizations have I missed?
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday, bloggers create top ten lists about reading, writing, blogging, and more!