Thursday, January 21, 2016

Shelfari + Goodreads = Tears

Hiya guys, how are you?

If you're a fan/user/member of Shelfari, then you've most likely heard the latest news. Shelfari will be no more, as of March 16th-ish.


Why? Well, Amazon bought/acquired Shelfari several years ago, and in recent years, got Goodreads under their umbrella as well. Since they have two sites which, in their eyes, do the same thing and offer the same services, they're dropping one. Of course, since Shelfari isn't nearly as popular, mainly with authors, they're dropping it, and focusing solely on Goodreads.

There are several pros and cons to this move, many of which relate to the people who use the group features. Most everyone I've heard compare over the years, agree that Shelfari's group setup is far superior to the Goodreads options, and therefore, much more social. Goodreads almost has a Facebook-wannabe feel, with their status updates and "liking" everything. Shelfari was more like the old-school Myspace or online groups, most of which are now also obsolete.

So, I'm curious - what do you think of this "merge" or really, dropping of Shelfari? Are you excited? Will you move from Shelfari to Goodreads, or are you going to be moving to another site altogether, perhaps one not currently owned by Amazon...yet?

There seem to be three other book-related sites that are popular enough to be staying afloat under Goodreads' shadow: Leafmarks, LibraryThing, and BookLikes. I'm a member of all three, and have to say, if given enough attention, any of them could become awesome!

I'm curious to see what happens this Spring and Summer as those of us who used and love Shelfari deal with the withdrawals.

In the end, we'll all move on, I'm sure. We'll miss Shelfari (those of us who use it), but we'll find other areas to share our book love.
Be sure to let us know your thoughts!

P.S. If you haven't done so already, be sure to move your books over to Goodreads (if you're planning to use their site), so you don't loose your work!