Well. GoodReads did it. They successfully alienated bloggers and readers in one fell swoop with their “Important Note Regarding Reviews“, the mass deletion of members’ shelves and reviews, and the unspoken promise of censorship to come. Many GoodReads members are looking for a new place to catalog their reads, and suggestions have been popping up left and right on Twitter. These are the sites that I’ve tried–and judging by the commotion on Twitter, a lot of people will be switching over to options like these, too.
[information]Need help making the switch? Click here for a tutorial on exporting your books to other sites.[/information]
Riffle seems to be a sophisticated, Pinterest-esque way of showing off your favorite reads. Unfortunately, there is no import option at present, but if you’re patient (or bored), you can upload all your reads to Riffle and start over here! I like the site’s “Question” feature, which prompts you to add books to your Riffle page by answering a series of questions.
The interface is a little bit clunky, but with a CSV import option for your GoodReads library and a preexisting ARC program in place, LibraryThing is a natural habitat for book review bloggers. The only true con is that a membership fee is required in order to surpass a library of 200 books, although the price paid is chosen by the member ($10 minimum yearly, $19 minimum lifetime).
Most people I saw on twitter who were considering moving to another site were looking into (or had already joined) BookLikes. It has an aesthetically-pleasing, tumblr-like microblog interface in addition to its book cataloging features, and really simple navigation. BookLikes does have a CSV import option, as well, and is my personal pick for a GoodReads alternative.
Here are links to my profiles on the aforementioned sites:
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Admittedly, none of my reviews or shelves were deleted, but I don’t like the idea that they could be. I won’t be deleting my GoodReads profile just yet, but I did want to get started on importing my shelves to LibraryThing and BookLikes in case I did decide to call it quits with GR (though the LibraryThing transfer didn’t take long at all, my BookLikes transfer will apparently take a whopping 38 hours). It can’t hurt to have my reviews backed up to multiple venues.