Saturday, October 16, 2010

Shelfari, an Amazon Company

This morning I received the latest news from Amazon at Author Central. Perhaps I'm just not as updated as I'd like to be and this is old news to many of you, but I learned that Shelfari is a division of Amazon. Really...I had no clue. I was on Shelfari long before I was on Goodreads. It came as quite a shock to me, because Goodreads seems to have so much more traffic, more users and readers. While Shelfari has activity, it isn't as busy, or at least that has become my perception.

What are your thoughts between and

Here's some good news about Shelfari direct from Amazon, "when you add Book Extras at , readers can view a cast of characters, memorable quotes, series information and other factoids curated by the Shelfari community. Readers can see Book Extras at , in the Kindle store or while reading a Kindle book." I would think that some of these changes, and new upcoming changes we don't yet know about from Amazon, will increase activity at Shelfari.

This is why I'm attached to my laptop or my Droid everywhere I go. (My hubby couldn't stand it, 3 days ago he had to buy a Droid.) I love all the new technology and learning how it works and relates to whatever I'm already using. I'm always looking for better ways to let apps and the Internet build my platform while I live life with my family and write. The problem is, I don't always "get it" right away. Sometimes I have to work with a new program or app, and then I have my "Aha!" moment. Raise your hand if you're like me.

The idea of an Kindle and e-reading a book bugged me for about a year when I first heard about it. Then another year went by while I continued warming to the idea. After that I started having all my eye problems and dealing with computer eye strain. The idea that the Kindle text to speech app could enable me to keep reading without hurting my eyes has changed my perspective. Now the Kindle is on my wish list for Christmas. I can see these new devices replacing audio books, because they have that capability and more.

What about you? Are you warming up to new technology or still resisting?


  1. I have a Kindle for PC to take advantage of all those free Kindle downloads on Amazon. I haven't gotten a real Kindle yet, but I might put that on my wishlist!

    As for Shelfari vs. Goodreads? I don't really go on either of those very much anymore. I'd forgotten all about them with social media taking over. I do recall being on Goodreads moreso than Shelfari. I don't update my pages much on those sites. I'll have to go and revisit them when I have time!

  2. Jenn,
    I do want an e-reader. I didn't think I would, but now I do. Some of my friends have them and they really like them.

  3. Hi Cecelia! Thanks for stopping by... always good to see you.

    I think a kindle would be cool. I've seen people use them, however I wonder if you can become as engrossed in a book on the screen as you can when holding it in your hands.

    I'm on Shelfari but haven't done anything with it in a while. No time. Would rather be on facebook.

  4. Cecilia, It's great to hear from you. Yes, I have the Kindle pc version, but I want one I can carry around with me.

    I spend more time on Goodreads than Shelfari, but Facebook more than anything. My Goodreads is connected to my FB page for updates.

  5. Lindi and Christy, Someone was saying to buy the Kindle over the Nook since B&N is for sale. Amazon could end up buying B&N. The Nook would probably be discontinued.

  6. I wasn't interested in an ereader until my husband surprised me with a Kindle when I was packing to visit our daughter in Germany over a year ago. I carried over 25 books in my handbag and read from whatever genre I was in the mood for while on the airplane, in coffee shops, etc. It was wonderful!

    It's all about the content for me, and the Kindle is just another book form. I have no problem getting lost in a novel and actually prefer the Kindle now because of features like adjusting font size, dictionary, search, making notes, highlighting, and transferring notes & highlights to my computer.

    Even if B&N wasn't in financial trouble, I would still prefer the Kindle because I think it's more user friendly, Amazon has the largest quantity of books and best pricing, and their customer service is excellent. It will be interesting to see how all this plays out over the next couple of years.