From Dear Author:
After Goodreads deleted content – both reviews and shelves – of readers as well as indicated that they would continue to do so in the future (only this time they’ll provide notice), many readers feel like Goodreads is not a safe place for them. Ironically, many many authors hate Goodreads feeling that the place is unsafe for them as well. Undoubtedly sites like Stop the Goodreads Bullies which has defamed and doxxed reviewers allowing them to be called at their place of business and at home bu approvingly cited by so many purported reputable journalism sources, ratchet up the tension making both sides targets. Nonetheless, the question is where can readers go to discuss books they don’t like as well as the ones they do without interference from authors complaining about mistreatment?
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Riffle is essentially Pinterest for books. You can search their catalog, select a book, and add it to your shelf. This is designed for graphic oriented readers. There is no place to leave reviews and no place for interaction (other than repinning). Pinterest is the large social sharing network. You have to find the book you want to add to your shelf and then “pin it”. You can create different “boards” such as A Reads | B Reads and genre based boards. The advantage of Riffle is the already created catalog source. The benefit of Pinterest is that you aren’t limited to what is in the Riffle catalog (ie., a lot of indies aren’t there) but you lack the built in reading community.
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Library Thing is a similar source on the internet to Goodreads. It allows you to create an account, add books to your catalog, create lists, write reviews, and share those with other members. The interface isn’t as elegant as Goodreads and there is a cost. A free membership allows you to add 200 books to your shelf. You have to pay $10 per year to have an unlimited bookshelf or $25 for life. The social aspect isn’t as strong.
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Most of the people who I follow at Goodreads have left for Booklikes. Booklikes has a tumblr like interface, almost blog-like. There’s a lot to like about Booklikes. You can customize the look and feel of your “shelf” by installing a new background design. A downside is I saw a lot of promotional things on the site and that might just be who I followed accidentally or by default. While most of the content created on Goodreads was book related, Booklikes allows you to create posts and status updates that are completely general.
Link to the rest at Dear Author
Social media leaders rely upon lots of people for their success. Once a site like Goodreads comes to dominate a social media niche, it’s hard to build a significant competitor unless a new new entry does something cool in a way that will draw large masses of people away from the category leader. You can persuade small groups to move, but large groups are much, much harder.
PG doesn’t think the vast majority of Goodreads users are terribly upset about a few offensive items being removed from the site. Most have not even noticed anything. It will take a killer new concept to pull significant numbers of Goodreads regulars to something new.