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Initial post: Nov 14, 2013 12:34:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2013 12:36:03 PM PST
James says:
For many people, their bookshelf (or bookshelves) are a point of pride. For those of us who accumulate a large number of Kindle books, there is no way to share our library with our friends.

To be clear, I'm not talking about borrowing or lending. I'm simply referring to a way to walk a friend over to your virtual bookshelf and say, "Look at what I've read / have available to read." Essentially, a read-only view of http://read.amazon.com.

How would one go about getting Amazon's attention and encouraging them to implement a feature like this?

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 12:37:37 PM PST
get a shelfari account (free/site owned by Ammy) and have your Ammy library imported to that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 12:42:52 PM PST
That's what goodreads is ALL about!!

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 12:45:56 PM PST
FYI: Goodreads is also owned by Amazon.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 12:47:19 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
Shelfari
Goodreads
Facebook
Emails

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 12:50:48 PM PST
Or the What Are You Reading? thread!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 12:51:54 PM PST
Or booklikes.

Although, I have to say, making your friends look at your bookshelf to show off your awesomeness sounds fairly pretentious to me. And I read a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 12:57:01 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
The OP also seems proud of the number of books. I've never paid that much attention to the bookshelves of my friends and family. Just because a book is on the shelf, doesn't mean they read it or understood it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:00:08 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
James, at

http://kindle.amazon.com

you can make which books you have read public, if you like.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:00:36 PM PST
I always think of Hawking's book A Brief History of Time

It was a big best seller. I would love to know the stats on how many were bought, how many of those were even opened, and how many were actually read. I know a number of people who bought it - having it on the table was vital in some circles. I know one who read and understood it, but she has a strong background in physics.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:05:57 PM PST
Has Ammy implemented any import features over there yet? As well, can you privatize your library or is it viewed by all like Shelfari is?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:07:52 PM PST
Willow3§3 says:
I almost felt violated when someone would look through my library. ;-) Conversely, I loved poking around other people's books.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:09:36 PM PST
Miss Carol says:
Actually, one of the things I like best about Kindles and my digital library at Amazon is that no one can see them! I don't want people perusing what I'm reading and making decisions about me because of that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:11:11 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
Bufo,

Strange thing about that list which I occasionally use. It can/does show your WL entries too. I've not tracked down all of them to see if it is universal but several books I do not yet own (much less have read) appear on my data (which if have set completely to private.)

Do you know anything about that?

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:12:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2013 1:14:23 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Dog Lover, sorry, but what is WL?

Edited to add: oh, you probably mean WishList!

You can check each book to indicate whether or not you want it to be public.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:14:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2013 1:15:05 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
Oh, forgive me. "Wish List" - items on my Amazon Wish Lists are appearing on the data.

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:18:26 PM PST
I don't think the import features are there yet. You can configure who you want to be able to look at your profile: search engines, goodreads users, or friends only.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:18:40 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
Yes, thank you, I know about the privacy thing.

I wasn't clear. The OP is asking about making a library public easily. You suggested the feature. I'm just saying that, unless this is how that feature is intended to work, WL items appear as well as actual "library" items. There is nothing on that list to distinguish them so that may be something the OP might consider if s/he wants to use that feature to display her library. (I do really like this feature as it will show "all books" not just Kindle books if you select that option. I use it to more easily update my book ratings.)

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:25:08 PM PST
I did have a friend here see my Kindle, and ask about it, being unfamiliar. He said, "You know, when I go to someone's house, if they're finishing the meal, or we're going somewhere, and I'm waiting, I always look at their bookshelves. If people don't have bookshelves, what are guests supposed to do while they wait??"

(He was teasing.)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:26:02 PM PST
I was just there, after months not using it, and no, it doesn't look like. I just opened my Kindle to remember the titles of some Recently Reads to add over there.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 1:33:50 PM PST
I guess I kind of get what she's saying. If we didn't want our friends to know what we read, we'd hide our bookcases in the house, and wouldn't place them in our common areas. (This is not to say that plenty a mommy doesn't have a stash of bodice rippers, tucked away somewhere.)

And it's kind of a game. One guest might simply absorb the information that, "Wow. Folina read The Sound and the Fury."

Another guest might call out, while I'm putting on my earrings, "Oh! You read The Sound and the Fury??" Which I never finished, so I'd have to either lie, or 'fess up.
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