Sunday, July 22, 2007
Do You Shelfari?
I first heard of Shelfari a few days ago on one of my writer's lists. Always anxious to try new things, I hurried on over to see what it was about. Basically, it's sort of like a Myspace for writer's. There are groups you can join, friends you can add. You can leave comments on your friends page's (they're called "notes" over there) just like Myspace. The difference between Shelfari and Myspace is you can't use the cute little graphics. Bummer, huh? You fill out your profile and you can add a picture. You can list your interests, music, books, etc. But the best part is that it's sort of a personal library data base. You add books that you have or want, and they show up on your "shelf" cover and all. You can even add books to your wish list, books you've read, and you can add them to your "groups", your "top 10 list" or your "reading list". If you can't find what you're looking for in their data base, you can do an Amazon search right from your page using the title, ISBN or author. Also, they give you the code to add your book shelf to your blog, or Myspace and viewer's can look through your library without leaving the site. I added my shelf to my blog yesterday, and I have it on my Myspace page, too, so you can see for yourself. I have a huge pesonal library and making a book data base has been on my "to do" list for a long time. I just never got around to it. I really need to keep track of what I have. I've already discovered that I have double copies of a research book and no telling how many more I will find as I wade through them all. Books can be pricey, so, I really don't want to do make that a practice. So, for me, finding this was great. I've met now friends and found some old friends. It gave me the push I needed to inventory and finally archive my books. And that's a good thing. I've already put a big dent in my data base. I've got a lot more to go, but, hey, it's a start. So, do you Shelfari?