Alternatives to Goodreads come up now and then, and I check them out because I’m not wild about the Amazon monopoly. I’m not sure how my using GR would profit Amazon since I almost never buy books from them, and my reviews don’t attract lots of views and excitement. Still, I am always interested in seeing if someone has come up with a viable alternate book-tracking site.
So far, nothing has the features of Goodreads that make it useful to me. One thing a startup site is unlikely to have is the sheer number of listings — I can find practically anything on GR, including obscure titles and books published in foreign languages, and there’s nearly always some kind of review or at least a summary. Other sites I’ve looked into, like Riffle and StoryGraph, just don’t have all the books.
They also don’t have all the members, and that’s another thing that prevents me from switching. Many of the bloggers I follow are also on Goodreads and I appreciate the chance to connect with them there. I used to participate in more groups and discussions but I have gotten away from that lately.
I also like the “readers also enjoyed” feature and it sometimes leads me to books I would not have found otherwise. I like that different editions of a books are listed. I like the quote feature although I’m haphazard about using it to track my own favorite quotes. I sometimes look at reader-created lists when I’m searching for books about a particular topic.
There are sites that would allow me to catalog my own reads in an acceptable fashion, if that’s all I wanted to do, but I also want a place where I can find so much information and connect with so many other readers. If you use Goodreads, what do you like or dislike about it? Do you know of an alternative that offers these features?