The New Kid in Town
With the recent upheaval at GoodReads (documented here, here and here), the buzz on Twitter is now all about Booklikes. While I personally was not impacted by the recent changes made by GoodReads to some accounts, I felt maybe it was time to spread my wings and check out some of the other book review social media sites.
When I first started reading and reviewing books, I joined Shelfari. I still use the site and enjoy the book shelf features. I like that I can tag books and share my reviews. It still is the primary place I keep track of my TBR list, books read, and books I am currently reading. However, as I opened my blog and started getting serious about my reviews, I realized that Shelfari doesn’t have the traffic that GoodReads has. So, I imported my books and reviews in to GoodReads (after hemming and hawing for far too long). While it wasn’t a perfect fit, I did enjoy the more social sharing aspect of GoodReads. I found several of my Twitter/Blogging friends on GoodReads, and it was a great place to read multiple reviews of a book in one spot. It is my go to place to find out about books and read reviews. Plus: MOBILE APP! Love that – love being able to update progress or tweet a great quote with ease. So for a couple years now, I’ve continued with both sites and update both with my book reviews. Sometimes it is a pain in the butt to duplicate efforts.
So back several months ago when I first heard rumors of a new site called Booklikes, I joined, but avoided it. I didn’t want yet another site I had to update. However, with the recent issues at GoodReads, I’ve decided to give Booklikes a try. So far I’m giving it a B-/C+.
The pros: Fun to read blogger format, association with multiple bookstores, ability to give 1/2 Star ratings, and FABULOUS customer help. Every time I’ve tweeted a question, I get an answer within 24 hours.
The cons of Booklikes (and why I’m still not sold): everything seems to take an extra step or two to get where I want, no mobile app (however it is in development), difficult to update reading progress and/or status, and the book info (publisher, date, ISBN, etc.) isn’t readily available and you have to go to a third-party site for those details. While I may be able to get over most of this, until the entire site feels more intuitive, I cannot just switch over to Booklikes. In addition, the volume of traffic on Booklikes still isn’t that of GoodReads.
I was disappointed when I learned that the ability to sync my Booklikes updates at GoodReads was removed. So, for now, I will continue to use and update reviews at all three sites. :-/ I’m not sure if it’s helping or hurting me, but I do like to share my thoughts, especially when I love a book.
So what about you? Have you tried Booklikes? Do you use an social media sites to track your book reading? What about when you want to know more about a book or read reviews – where do you look?
Thank you for stopping by to chat! Happy Reading!