Booklikes

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In addition to LibraryThing and Goodreads, BookLikes is another bookish website helping readers keep track of their collections on bookshelves, books to read and books liked and disliked along the way.

What makes this site so different from the other two already established and favorite options? BookLikes offers immediate recommendations based on books you “like.” For example, I liked Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and immediately two of her older books popped up in the recommendations box. The site is still in Beta form, so it has its flukes. I liked Petite Anglais by Catherine Sanderson and had the following books pop up on the recommendations shelf: Blog Marketing, RSS & Atom, Realty Blogging. I think the more authors liked the better the recommendations will be. At the moment, my recommendations are all technical blogging books, which are pretty wonky and not books I am looking for right now. You do have the option of hiding a recommendation, but another one will just pop up in its place. You can browse books by category or see the top recommendations from current users.

I didn’t see any space to join a community or chat in a forum, but you do have the option of starting a discussion thread, allowing other users to respond to a thought or question.

I see this primarily as a useful marketing tool for bloggers to link back to their reviews. Otherwise, I think non-bloggers would do better with LibraryThing and Goodreads. Librarians will be able to use this tool for more general readers advisory and booklist creations for various age groups and genres.

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3 responses to “Booklikes

  1. I’ll have to check this out. I use LibraryThing just to keep a mental note of what I’ve read. I tried Goodreads but deleted my account within a few days because I thought it was too cluttered and commercialized. Recommendations based on previous reading is a really nice feature.

  2. I jump back and forth between Librarything and Goodreads. I prefer the reviews on LibraryThing, but I like making lists and the ease of adding books on Goodreads. Plus its free for an unlimited amount of books on Goodreads. I’ll probably use BookLikes when I am at the library and someone asks for book recommendations. Now if it only linked to Worldcat…I’d be happy.

  3. I looked at Booklikes, and I think I’ll come back to it in another couple months. Conceptually it’s pretty cool, but there are some major bugs to be worked out still, and it doesn’t have a lot of books on it yet. I was trying to put in just a few books that I’ve reviewed on my blog and found that most of them weren’t in the site yet, and that the add book feature was disabled.

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