I’ve set up a page on www.goodreads.com, a social networking site for book lovers — “Friendster for nerds” as a friend put it. It’s very similar to Friendster, in that you’re encouraged to add “friends” and you can then see what they’re reading or have yet to read.
Maybe it’s because it’s new, but goodreads isn’t as good as, say, LibraryThing. I’m particular about the edition and cover art of the books I list, but the goodreads search function is rudimentary and only draws on Amazon and goodreads users’ collections for book information — I found myself looking up ISBN numbers on Google. You can’t add your own cover art either. Tagging (or making “shelves” as goodreads calls it) is a pain — you can’t select multiple books. LibraryThing still has more functionality, but alas there’s a 200-title limit for free accounts.
On a side note, how effective are these sites in bringing people together anyway? Especially since many book lovers aren’t predisposed to socialising in the first place.