Welcome to the latest Ruby’s Reads Debate! Two fabulous bloggers are tackling a tricky subject today: Goodreads v. LibraryThing. I myself am exclusively a Goodreads lady these days, but when I first started out as a blogger, I began with LibraryThing. I got my first ARCs from LT, and have yet to win a thing from GR, so the former holds a place in my heart. These things matter!
Let’s begin the debate by introducing my two guests for the day:
Hey there! I’m Stephanie. I love to read, and through my blog, share my love of reading. I enjoy helping people find a great book! I’ll read almost any genre but my favorites are romance of any kind and young adult pretty much of any kind as well. I never leave the house without a book (or nowadays my Kindle). On the off chance I’m not reading, I’m either blogging, organizing, list making or I can be found in the kitchen cooking or baking.
There are many reasons why I prefer GoodReads over the other book networking sites out there. The biggest reason has to be site navigation. I really do enjoy the appearance of GoodReads. Everything is nicely laid out. On my homepage I can keep up with my friends and see what they’ve added to their shelves. It tells me what book I’m currently reading (I can update my progress form here as well), gives me access to my profile links, and lists all of my bookshelves. The ease with which I can find the things that I need most often is the very thing that made me choose GoodReads over other book sites. Another important aspect of GoodReads is my ability to customize all of my shelves. I can label them virtually anything that I want. Organization is insanely important to me. These are just the top two reasons GoodReads rocks!
Library Thing—when I say that only about half the people I talk to even know about the website. However, I am telling you that if you haven’t been out there you are missing a gem of a site. There are many things going for it: Early Reviewers giveaway, read-a-long groups, reviews seen by libraries, and the zeitgeist is an awesome compilation of stats that sometimes blow my mind. Most of all it allows for rankings at .5 increments. It is something that I use often. If you click on a book you can see how many people gave it a 5 rating and down. Needless to say, I use this site often! I love the breakdown of statistics because it truly shows where I rank most of my books. I think it is a site everyone should check out!
Another amazing feature on GoodReads that, for me, trumps all is the smartphone app! Oh my God! Where would I be without this app? I can access all of my shelves, friends, update by book status on the go, and search for books or authors. There is no end to what this app can do! For someone like me (a multi-genre book hoarding reader), GoodReads keeps me sane and prevents me from buying duplicates. I adore being able to look at a book and see which of my friends are interested in the same book or what they thought of it.
OK, so Library Thing doesn’t have an app–I will give Goodreads that. However, they have much more useful widgets for your website! There are 10 options of pre-styled ones to choose from or you can create your own! You can also include images, descriptions, and reviews if you would like. You can narrow down by collections and tags. As I get more comfortable using these on my website, it has become natural for me to look for it on other sites. Granted you need to add your books into collections and add tags for this to work BUT once the time is put into it, that is an amazing tool to have! I just think the more options for the widgets is a great tool to have at my fingertips!
In the end you are always going to choose the site that works best for you. I have mentioned the things that are most important to me; appearance, site navigation, organization, mobile capabilities, and book progression updates, but there is so much more to explore at GoodReads!
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