Virtual Bookshelves

Posted on November 10, 2010. Filed under: Information |

What is a virtual bookshelf?

A virtual bookshelf is an online bookshelf where you can keep track of the books you own, are reading, or want to read. You can either keep these virtual shelves private, share them with select friends, or let the whole world see them. This allows you and other readers to rate and share book lists.

Why would I want to create a virtual bookshelf?

  1. To keep track of what you’ve read, own, and want to read.
  2. To share your reading list with your friends.
  3. So that your friends can recommend books to you.
  4. To discuss books and join virtual book clubs.
  5. To find new authors that write similar types of books.

How do you find new books in virtual bookshelves?

First, most of these sites have basic subject lists to browse through.

Second,  you can browse through popular tags attached to books you like. For example, let’s say you like mysteries with cooking. When you enter Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson (a mystery about a caterer that has recipes in it), you can scroll through the details and look at the popular tags. These tags are added to books by the users.

Looking at the details of Catering to Nobody, you can see a popular tag called culinary mystery. If you click on this tag, you will not only find more Diane Mott Davidson books, but you will also find new books by other authors that write culinary mysteries such as Joanne Fluke, Josi Kilpack, Ellen Hart, etc.

Where can I get a virtual bookshelf?

Here are a few websites that provide virtual bookshelves:

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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