Sunday, March 31, 2013

Why I Left Goodreads

An article by Scott Turow on why the Amazon purchase of Goodreads is not a good thing helps to clarify why I left. Books are meant to be shared and talked about and I loved the community, the easy way to keep track of books read. My first thought was I could switch to Shelfari or LibraryThing but it turns out that Shelfari is owned by Amazon and they also own Abebooks which owns 40% of LibraryThing. What to do?I'm not the only one thinking about this. LibraryThing chimed in on it and so did several LibraryThing users.

Where do we go from here?

I've kept a list of books I've read since sometime in the early 90s. The original logs were a section of my Franklin Planner but I moved my listing into a Q & A database where I could access info more easily when working on books for the Genreflecting series. When Symantec quit supporting Q & A I eventually found FileMaker Pro and it worked pretty well. I tried LibraryThing, Shelfari, and Goodreads when they started up and Goodreads was just so much easier for me than inputting all the bibliographic info and cover images into my database. So now I'm back to FileMaker Pro and sharing my reads in this blog.

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