Do you use social networks or online communities to share reading experiences, your favorite books or get reading recommendations? Literary social networks offer writers and readers with opportunities to connect. These networks also provide an information and sharing resource for readers to share book insights, book recommendations and join virtual book clubs. These websites are an example of great ways to interact online and share literary experiences.
You Are What You Read – in English
This Scholastic sponsored site creates an environment that recognizes how books play an important role in cognitive development at all ages. The site provides the opportunity for readers all over the world to connect with each other through their shared “Bookprints.” Readers are asked to create 5 Bookprints – those books that have most influenced their lives, then connect with others to share and discuss within the community. In the community you can see that “The Catcher in the Rye”, by J. D. Salinger, changed Elle DeGeneres’ life; “A Room Of One’s Own”, by Virginia Woolf, influenced the best-seller author Philippa Gregory; Paulo Coelho, another best-seller author, choose “The Arabian Nights”, among others titles, for his Bookprint.
Goodreads – in English
Goodreads is a very popular site for “casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike”, as the website describes. The site is one of the largest social network for readers in the world. After sign up you can add friends, follow reviews, rate books and create bookshelves. Some fun features in the community include the ability to get book recommendations for people you know and keep track of what you have already read and what you want to read. The interactive nature of the community allows members to form a book club, answer book trivia and collect favorite quotes.
Skoob – in Portuguese
Skoob (books, backwards) is a Brazilian online community, where you can create a shelf and put all books you’ve read, you’re reading and plan to read. It shows how many page you’ve read and the average of pages each book has.
Librofilia – in Spanish
A Spanish literature recommendation social network. Besides all features that Goodreads and Skoob have, Librofilia also alouds you to create notes on books, to remind yourself to whom you’ve lent, as an example.
What social networks do you use for literary discussions and book recommendations? If you are an author, how do you use social networks to connect with your readers?