Monday, May 12, 2008

Thing #10: Good Reads

Thing #10: Good Reads

Chances are that if you're working at the library, you just might be a book lover. But how do you remember everything you've read or put on your "To Read" list? Are you constantly looking for the next book to curl up with? Enter
GoodReads, a tool that allows you to keep track of all the books in your life, whether you just finished one or heard about a title you'd like to read sometime in the future.

GoodReads aims to make reading even more fun by allowing you to add friends and use each other as resources for finding new authors and recommendations. GoodReads, like Flickr, employs tagging--only they appropriately use a "shelves" analogy, meaning you can add your own genres and descriptors to help keep all of your children's picture books or historical fiction together.

My personal GoodReads can be found here as an example.

For Thing #10:
1. Take a good look around GoodReads and start your own account (don't worry--it's free!).
2. Add at least 5 books, tag them, and take a look at what other people are saying about those titles. Explore the groups, find friends, and see if you can find a new book that interests you.
3. In your blog, talk about your experience and post a link to your new account. If you're feeling adventurous, explore the Widgets that quickly give you a badge/icon on your blog. These Widgets include a link to the shelf of your choice. For example:


The Widgets can be found after you've created your account by clicking on the "Widgets" link in the upper right when you're displaying the My Books page. Copy the big code they give you, go back to Blogger, click on the "Edit HTML" tab in the composer window, paste...and voila! A widget is born.

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