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Initial post: Oct 21, 2011 5:48:50 AM PDT
Roxanne says:
I would love to hear opinions from this forum since it is strictly Kindle based. I have been using Shelfari because it was visually pleasing, I could separate my books by which ones I had read, wish list, etc. and it was a simple process to add books I purchased through Amazon. I have been looking at goodreads and am impressed. I do not care anything about the social networking aspect. Any comments from users here? Is there an easy way to add books to goodreads? I finally got them all in Calibre and it took quite awhile! Thanks for sharing!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2011 4:15:25 PM PDT
Willy says:
I'd like to know exactly what both are and how they work. Would greatly appreciate some help on that. Thanks.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 4:20:44 PM PDT
I've used both, but prefer Shelfari because I can import books from Amazon so easily. I use the site strictly to keep track of my books, so I can't comment on the social networking features.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 4:25:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2011 4:26:17 PM PDT
Dog Lover says:
I'm a Shelfari user (for years - even before Amazon bought them.) The site appeals to me because of that "shelf" - love that part. Like you, Roxanne, I'm less interested in the social aspects of the site but do engage in several substantive book groups. I also like the Amazon tie-in so that my purchases, should I decide to use that feature, can be automatically added to my Shelfari shelf. There are a lot of features I find helpful for cataloging and tracking my personal library which is my primary use of Shelfari.

I'm also a member of Goodreads. I LOVE that in-site email tool. The only reason I don't use that site for anything else is because the site design aggravates a vision condition I have. Otherwise, I think it is probably far more active socially speaking and the members of that site rave about it. Because of that vision thing, I can't really investigate it more to evaluate that aspect. I do know that you can do a very similar thing as the Shelfari shelf and that, really, the only difference in that regard is that your goodreads shelves are list-display types. There are some terrific features there.

I recommend joining both and seeing how, over time, you find yourself drawn more to one than the other.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2011 4:37:30 PM PDT
~nospin says:
Do you have any hints on using Shelfari?
I can't seem to update books I originally had listed as Reading.
I have one that refuses to leave Reading and go to Read. The cookbook is not a bible or book of quotes for goodness sake.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2011 4:41:33 PM PDT
Dog Lover says:
Use this group to discuss that issue -

Those aren't toggle switches, btw, because you can have the same title in all the states at the same time. So - be certain to deselect the status you don't wish for the book to have.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2011 4:59:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2011 5:02:25 PM PDT
~nospin says:
Thank you.

ETA: You were right. I did not realize the current reading button had to be de-selected.

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 12:19:46 PM PDT
Polperro says:
How do you import your Kindle book titles to Shelfari? Is there something you set up at the Kindle end or is it through Shelfari. I have a Shelfari account but have been using Library Thing instead. If I can easily import new Kindle books bought and my existing Kindle library, that would send me back to Shelfari.

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 12:26:32 PM PDT
Sign in to Shelfari and click on the "import your purchases" link on the right side.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2011 2:09:30 PM PDT
Polperro says:
Handbag Junkie, Thanks. I just did that, and it works well. It imported Kindle and paper books, all the way back to the beginning of my Amazon account. It took some time to select those I want on Shelfari, as lots of the Kindle books were chosen by others on my account, and lots of the paper books were gifts to others. I did have to put in my Kindle library books one by one, but now that it's done, I think it will be helpful to have everything in one place and see the covers.

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 2:35:23 PM PDT
The benefit to Shelfari is it is Amazon owned, so yes, you can instantly import your purchases to your shelf! It's great. I used it just for that. It's nice for tracking your books and what you thought of them.

I am also on GR. The social circles there are FAR more active and I use the "compare books" to other readers quite a bit (This is also an excellent way to add books you own to your shelf. Find someone who has a lot of what you've read, friend them and then go through their shelf and mark the books as read or tbr or whatever. Do this a few times and your shelf is loaded! It's faster than adding every single blooming book you own.)

So for GR, the social recommending and giveaways are better.

For ease of import, Shelfari (the social circles aren't bad there either, just not as frequent if you're looking for recs.)

Posted on May 24, 2012 2:59:30 PM PDT
S. Pierson says:
I use both but have begun shifting my attention to GR simply because Shelfari doesn't have a mobile app. Since 90% of the time I want to add my books on the go, this is essential for me. Otherwise I probably would have stuck with Shelfari because I prefer the layout. Amazon seriously needs to jump on getting an Android/ios app for Shelfari.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 6:42:17 PM PDT
C. Rice says:
Goodreads does shelves also. (I just started using early this year after Visual Bookshelf at Living Social went defunct). I've tried Shelfari, Library Thing, Fictfact, etc. And they all do the shelf thing well and easily (librarything a little less user friendly on the shelf end; Fictfact an edge in letting you know where you are in your series reading list; goodreads overall interface, what's new, apps/tools and community won me over completely but if all you do is shelf/catalog books you own I really think all the sites work well. Like dayplanners/organizers -- commit to one and really use it. All sites have an import/export book feature; Amazon already-purchased item data only exports readily to Shelfari).

Although Amazon no longer allows any site/service to use their data if any bookseller other than Amazon listed in where-to-buy-books page (site allowed to put a menu choice for users to click to get see other bookseller but Amazon only can appear on that first page/list), you can grab a widget at goodreads site to "add to goodreads" while at Amazon site (it pulls from ISBN info).

Publishers, agents, authors and members of all the sites really do a good job at making sure the non-Amazon/shelfari sites are kept up to date on books.

So, I'm kind of confused as to what Amazon accomplished by not allowing "their" data to get used directly by goodreads.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 6:44:26 AM PDT
Mary McManus says:
I signed in to Shelfari and there was no "import your purchases" link on the right side. I have been all over Shelfari and only find the option to add books one at a time. I cannot find a link to add all my amazon purchases at once, and since there are hundreds of them, I have no interest in doing it one at a time. I would appreciate it if someone could post an actual link on Shelfari for importing.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 6:51:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2012 6:52:53 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
On your Shelfari home page - right margin under "Your Content" - "Import Amazon .com purchases." Your account must be linked to your Amazon account.

Mine isn't linked so I can't post a URL for that specific feature.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 6:57:02 AM PDT
~nospin says:
There has been a change to the Shelfari website since this thread started.
I usually add books by using the dropdown menu next to my Shelf (the actual word).
See if this works if you cut and paste.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 7:14:20 AM PDT
Mary McManus says:
As I said, I don't want to add books one at a time. The only advantage to my using Shelfari would be to have it automatically add my Kindle books as I purchase them. I'm not going back and adding 525 books at this point. I did try to link accounts but then it said I had the wrong Amazon e-mail address and password. No, I don't because it is the one I use on Amazon every day, actually multiple times a day. So I deactivated my Shelfari account because I don't want to get involved in a security problem which it seems to have.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 7:16:29 AM PDT
I use Goodreads to:
* Track books I've read.
* Interact with like-minded readers in discussion groups.
* Get ideas for new books I might like based on friend's reviews, suggestions, book shelves, etc.
* Look up what I feel are more "honest" reviews for books (i.e., sometimes it feels like Amazon reviews are over-inflated to drive more sales).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 7:27:53 AM PDT
You are kidding, right? You have to add one book at a time?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 7:41:07 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
At Goodreads, you do. That's why I use Shelfari. If you had that problem in the past, it's been fixed. I would start a new account if you deactivated yours. I have over 1200 books on mine and add more daily. I love the fact that I can see my books on an actual shelf. I can easily track the books I've read as well.

I'm also in a reading group and we've read 20 books since it's inception in May. It's all a matter of taste. They both have their good points and there's no reason not to use both or whatever suits you.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 7:44:37 AM PDT
I deactivated previously. Just went back today to make a new account and it has turned into a social site. I am not interested in another social site. Just want to organize my books.

Is it now mandatory to have "friends" on Shelfari?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 7:59:50 AM PDT
~nospin says:
No hundreds of books are imported without a problem.
I have heard of no security issues associated with the use of Shelfari.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 8:03:59 AM PDT
~nospin says:
Only if you want to get to a level where you can export into a spreadsheet program.

The other reason is if you wanted to be invited into the forum group which has a lot of tips on Shelfari. I don't use it socially but theoretically have a lot of followers since that is the only way to invite someone into the group.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 8:14:25 AM PDT
So, all of your books, your name etc. is public then?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 8:14:37 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
Nospin - that dropdown (next to the Shelf label) on your home page still has the "import books" list . That link, in fact, offers a variety of ways to import books including importing Amazon purchases directly from the member's Amazon purchase history.

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