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If I want to research what game I might be interested in buying/playing I come to BGG. If I want a book to read I aimlessly walk around the library or book store in the hope that I'll find a book that I might be interested in reading.

Is there an equivalent site to BGG for books where I could do a bit of research before I go in search of a good book to read?
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This article lists a few good book search websites:

http://searchenginewatch.com/2159661
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try http://www.goodreads.com/
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neglected88 wrote:


Came in here to say this.

Stay far far away from living social visual bookshelf, or any living social site. They are poorly managed, and clearly don't care one way or another about the service they are offering. It's obvious they are trying to either mine data from their users or get their users to use other services they offer. The site has been functioning sporadically at best since December. I am very :angry: with them.
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fantasticfiction.co.uk
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http://www.lautapeliopas.fi/ - the best Finnish board game resource!
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http://literarygeek.com

But it still doesn't exist yet, unfortunately.

EDIT: of the existing ones, I explored several and settled on goodreads. But I wish Aldie would hurry up and make literarygeek so I can switch over to it...
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neglected88 wrote:


Is this any good. I found several book lover sites recently, but they were all terribly clunky and poorly patronised.
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You could just wait till the movie comes out.
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I use goodreads too. It's done pretty well; has the same focus on user-generated content but is limited to adding books, writing reviews, and making their equivalent of geeklists. It's like if BGG was more focused on geekbuddies than on the general userbase; you have to go out of your way to see what non-friends are doing instead of vice versa. Their interface design is much better than BGG IMO.
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I used to frequent www.shelfari.com; however, I haven't been to that site for a while.

Log your books, what your are currently reading, what you want to read, read reviews, get suggestions from other readers, join 'guilds' or groups focused on a specific genre or author, etc...
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i suggest just posting a general question in the forums. tell everyone on BBG, "hey, i like these particular books . . . any suggestions based on what i like?" i did that a while back with something and got a ton of helpful answers. good luck!
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I second the recommendation for librarything.com.

Also, I just have to say that I hate the name literarygeek. I read a lot, but I am not a fan of literary fiction and I suspect the same goes for many boardgamers.
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We got bookwormgeek.com - but how do I get this going? Still trying to figure out the best way to launch new sites.
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Aldie wrote:
We got bookwormgeek.com - but how do I get this going? Still trying to figure out the best way to launch new sites.


I've got hundreds of books and a scanner once you want to start adding to the database.
Also a lot of cd's once musiclistenergeek is on board.
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http://www.amazon.com/Player-Games-Iain-M-Banks/dp/031600540...

Don't worry about what to read, just read this!
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Yay, I'm looking forward to bookwormgeek! (And that's a much better name.) No idea about how to launch a new site, though.
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Aldie wrote:
We got bookwormgeek.com - but how do I get this going? Still trying to figure out the best way to launch new sites.


What? With a community like this? It'll be the most active booksite within days.

Now, I'll have to start scanning... bagbagbagbagbagdevil
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neglected88 wrote:


I'm on Goodreads as well. But I've started with BGG. So I want everything to be BGG.

I guess Goodreads is a good place to start. But it's slow (for me) and I hate all those pages with editions. Yes, a popular book wil have 63 different editions in 23 languages, but can't I just have one central page?
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I'd also love a book equivalent of BGG - I've tried a couple but given up on them, as none are quite what I want.
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One of the main features that I could see using would be as follows. Let say I've just read a Stephen King novel that I really liked and that I might rate 9/10. How would I easily be able to find what are some of the best novels that he has written? I could just randomly grab another of his books but if other people had also rated Stephen King novels I could make a search under Stephen King novels and choose another one of his highly rated books. It's not a guarantee that I will like it but would still be of great assistance.

You could also do a search for the highest rated novels based on only selecting people who also rated the Stephen King novel a 9 or higher as theoretically they have a similar taste in books.

Do any of the suggested sites have these features?
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I agree a BGG-type book site would be awesome.

I registered for goodreads and honestly I'm not a fan. The community is not what it's like here. I asked a question or two and never got even a single response, and I found the level/degree of discussion lacking.

Bookwormgeek sounds great Aldie!

EDIT:
"BWG"... certainly has a ring to it. This sounds very promising!
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One of the main features that I could see using would be as follows. Let say I've just read a Stephen King novel that I really liked and that I might rate 9/10. How would I easily be able to find what are some of the best novels that he has written? I could just randomly grab another of his books but if other people had also rated Stephen King novels I could make a search under Stephen King novels and choose another one of his highly rated books. It's not a guarantee that I will like it but would still be of great assistance.

You could also do a search for the highest rated novels based on only selecting people who also rated the Stephen King novel a 9 or higher as theoretically they have a similar taste in books.

Do any of the suggested sites have these features?


Actually Amazon.com does what you're asking about pretty well...
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dysjunct wrote:
I use goodreads too.… It's like if BGG was more focused on geekbuddies than on the general userbase; you have to go out of your way to see what non-friends are doing instead of vice versa.


This might be a good thing, in my case. I just popped over to look at goodreads, and checked out their "Best Books Ever" list. The top 5 are four Twilight books, and one Harry Potter. I don't think I have much in common with their general user base.
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I've never actually used this resource to find a book, but I think it's an interesting idea: http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/

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