>> Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I’m getting ready to close down my Goodreads account and completely switch over to LibraryThing.
Years ago I tried out both Goodreads and LibraryThing and opted to go with Goodreads for a couple of reasons. First of all the interface was a bit easier and secondly I couldn't put all my books in LibraryThing without purchasing a lifetime membership for $25 and well, free is a very good price.
I was fine with Goodreads and while I did do a bit of the social stuff there I pretty much backed out of most of that and just used it for tracking my books and reading. The only real exception was that I've been a part of the 75 Books a Year Group for several years. I also have enjoyed the yearly Reading Challenge for the past few years. I could set a goal for books I wanted to read and see at a glance where I stood in terms of progress toward that goal
However, when Amazon bought Goodreads I was pretty sure I didn't want to hang around long term. I opened up my long neglected LibraryThing account, purchased the lifetime membership and imported my data from Goodreads.
I've spent the past few months getting familiar with how LibraryThing works and while just like Goodreads it’s not perfect I’m discovering that in some ways I like it better.
It’s a little more difficult to get the right data for my books but once it’s there and the way I want it it’s not going to get changed by someone else. Goodreads book data I editable by pretty much anyone and even when I had books with the covers and other data to match the edition I read, there was no guarantee that someone else with librarian privileges wouldn't come along and change that data. With LibraryThing I can make any modifications I want to my book records and they remain my book records. I like that because I’m compulsive about things like having the cover match the book I read and page numbering being correct. I also like some of the additional data elements I can track such as where I got the book, date acquired, etc. I can see where it would be information overload for lots of people but I’m a data person. I have multiple Excel spreadsheets I use to track my To Be Read list and reading. So this detail stuff is right up my alley.
I still have a lot of data cleanup on the 800+ books I imported to LibraryThing but now that I've finished out this year’s 75 Books Group the only reason I’m tracking the rest of this year’s books is for the yearly Reading Challenge. I’m not bothering to post any links to my reviews or any detail information. Once the year is done I’ll work on getting any information I need to clean up the books I imported to LibraryThing and delete my Goodreads account.
I've found a couple of groups on LibraryThing that I’m going to join for 2014. One is the 75 Books Challenge which intimidates me a bit since it's such an active group but I'm going to give it a try when the 2014 Challenge opens up.
The other group I already joined is “Root- Reading Our Own Tomes” which is a group that encourages reading the books I already have on the shelf and not just new and library books. When I reorganized my physical bookshelves last year I put all my unread books in one section and I have definitely added more than I've read off those shelves this year. I’m hoping that by setting a moderate goal and having some accountability to the ROOT group in 2014 I can counteract my tendency to get distracted by the new and shiny rather than going upstairs and grabbing something that I still want to read but haven’t yet.
I've also joined the What Are You Reading Now group because that’s what I need like another hole in my head – yet another source of book recommendations and chat, right?
I’m looking forward to exploring the social side of LibraryThing as well as tracking all my reading and books with some additional detail that I couldn't track with Goodreads.
Anyway. It’s been fun Goodreads, but it’s time to say Goodbye.
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