Fun ?s | Shelfari vs. Goodreads – which do you prefer?

August 3, 2013 Fun Questions 9

Join me every Saturday to explore fun questions about books, blogging, reading, and our favorite fantasy worlds! This is a bit of random fun that I hope you’ll join in on!

Do you prefer Goodreads or Shelfari? Why?

I discovered Shelfari before Goodreads, and I’m still trying to get used to Goodreads and understand its appeal.

For one, I joined an incredible group on Shelfari about a year ago and I love our conversations. I like the way I can import my Amazon purchases into my shelves on Shelfari and I really like how simple it is for me to see my groups and if they have new posts. I also prefer that I can enter dates for each time I’ve read a book, rather than just one date. I’m a chronic re-reader with a penchant for organization, so that feature is a dream for me.

But I’ve noticed that the book blogging community tends to use Goodreads more, so I’m trying. Most book reviews, cover reveals, and etc. have buttons to add to my Goodreads, but not Shelfari, shelves. I almost never see links to Shelfari profiles on blogs. Since getting myself fully setup there last month, I’ve seen one thing I like better. The status updates while reading books – they can be a lot of fun to read, though I’m still getting used to using it consistently. Other than that, there’s nothing about Goodreads setup I like better… in fact I like most the features less. The only big appeal to me is the larger community and author engagement, though I’m still trying to insert myself into it. Strangely, I’m finding it much harder to get comfortable in this much bigger reading community than it was on Shelfari. Maybe the community is too big to just jump in? Maybe I’m just preferring what I started with? I’m lead to conclude that this is the main reason everyone uses Goodreads – because everyone uses Goodreads. Am I wrong?

 Which do you prefer? Why?
Let  me know in the comments below!

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9 Responses to “Fun ?s | Shelfari vs. Goodreads – which do you prefer?”

  1. Monique

    I LOVE Shelfari but it seems like everyone is on goodreads. I’m not as fond of it bc shelfari has a cleaner look and easy to navigate.

  2. DB

    I am not a fan of Goodreads because of how they handled a Q&A with Janet Evanovich. Goodreads set up a Q&A event with Ms. Evanovich, where she would answer the top ten Goodreads’ members’ questions. The top questions were determined by Goodreads’ members’ votes.

    When Goodreads submitted Ms Evanovich’s answers to the questions, she did not answer the members top questions. Ms. Evanovich answered the questions she wanted to answer, read the marshmallow, fawning variety of question. Goodreads did not post any explanation until pushed (read shamed) to do so. Their response was that Ms. Evanovich and her team didn’t understand the rules of the Q&A promo. I find it hard to believe that an author of Ms. Evanovich’s stature as best selling author, wouldn’t have the promotion vetted by her team of publicists, lawyers, publisher, etc. I also have find it difficult to believe that Goodreads didn’t expect what they got from Ms. Evanovich.

    As I see it Goodreads is supposed to be a readers’ forum, not an author’s forum and I was deeply disappointed in how they handled the situation. It makes me wonder how they handle other author-related situations. However, Goodreads was recently bought by Amazon. It will be interesting to see how Goodreads changes now that it’s part of the Amazon family.

    • Berls

      Yikes, that’s a shame! It’s crazy how much things have changed since I first wrote this post. At that point I felt like goodreads was the go-to place for bloggers, but with a lot of the changes they’ve been making (since Amazon bought them) I think there’s been a lot more discontent. I know that there was a pretty big group that moved over to BookLikes for their reviews, since they would also go to goodreads – but this way if goodreads decides to sensor them (according to their new policy) they won’t lose their reviews. It’s a shame, but it makes me glad that I never really got fully into goodreads.

  3. Lauren

    I also joined Shelfari first and only opened an account at Goodreads when Shelfari went down for several days a couple of years ago. I was afraid they weren’t coming back :0(

    On the whole, I prefer Shelfari’s look for shelves and groups but Goodreads has much more functionality and their staff are way more involved in the running of the site – Shelfari is sort of being left to wither and die by the powers that be.

    The best way to become involved on Goodreads is to pick a couple of groups, introduce yourself and start communicating. I know you love Urban Fantasy, Berls, so you may want to join one of those groups – I’m in the Urban Fantasy Aficionados and they are very friendly and welcoming.
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    • Berls

      You’re very right about Shelfari maintenance – I’m worried it will gradually disappear. I do love the Urban Fantasy group on there and would be sad to lose them if Shelfari disappeared. I’ve joined a couple groups, but I find it so hard to follow what’s going on because of the ways that threads are setup on Goodreads. I think it’s probably because I’ve gotten used to Shelfari’s system, but I do think Shelfari is just a bit more user friendly. Thanks for recommending the UF Aficionados group on Goodreads, I’ll have to check it out and maybe it’ll be the group that works for me!

  4. Jenna M

    I joined a few groups but the only one I ever pay any attention to is the Young Adult Book Club. I do some of their reading challenges. I had planned to participate in some of their book of the month discussions but it always turns out the book of the month is one I either read long ago or I’m not interested in reading.

    • Berls

      Ok – sounds like it may take finding the right group for me… I’ve always wanted to get in on book discussions but, because the books are almost always part of a series that I haven’t gotten far enough in, they never work out.

  5. Jenna M

    I started out on Shelfari years ago. I liked it okay but my friends started joining Goodreads so I made the switch. Now those friends barely even use it! For me it’s basically just a place to categorize my books. That’s all I really care about.

    I just went back to Shelfari to take another look and because variety is good — and it seems that they’ve deactivated my account. I can’t be bothered to contact them to get it reactivated so I’m done with them permanently.

    Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA

    • Berls

      The main reason I joined Shelfari was to organize my books (and still is). If that’s all your using it for, I wouldn’t bother reactivating either – it’d be such a hassle. Have you ever joined any Goodreads groups? I can’t seem to get interested in any like I am on Shelfari, it feels hard to jump in mid-conversation. so maybe I’ll just use it like you, for organizing my books.

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