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Shelfari - Amazon's book-related social networking wiki site

Only just heard about this, and it's been around since 2006 apparently ! A search on here found barely a mention, so here's a headsup - anyone use it ? Sounds like a cross between Wikipedia and Facebook, for books.

Shelfari is a social cataloging website for books. Shelfari users build virtual bookshelves of the titles they own or have read, and can rate, review, tag, and discuss their books. Users can also create groups that other members may join, create discussions, and talk about books, or other topics. Recommendations can be sent to friends on the site for what books to read.

Shelfari promotes its "virtual bookshelf" as one of its main features. The virtual bookshelf displays covers of books which the user has entered, with popups to show the user's book information (review, rating, and tags). Sorting by author, title, date, rating, or review is available to the viewer of the shelf. The Shelfari catalog may be edited by users, though some changes must be approved by Shelfari "librarians." Using wiki functionality users may edit each book's authors, title, publication data, table of contents, first sentence, and series. Users may also combine redundant books into a single entry or add new titles not found in the catalog. Similar to books, author pages may be edited or created.

Based in Seattle, Shelfari introduces readers to our global community of book lovers and encourages them to share their literary inclinations and passions with peers, friends, and total strangers (for now). Shelfari is a gathering place for authors, aspiring authors, publishers, and readers, and has many tools and features to help these groups connect with each other in a fun and engaging way. Our mission is to enhance the experience of reading by connecting readers in meaningful conversations about the published word.
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