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Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« on: March 30, 2013, 02:52 AM »
Right now I am giving aNobii a try.
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Note in addition to listing books and groups, I discovered they offer free copyright free books.  Some of them are hard to find.  It's a very easy download for them too.
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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2013, 05:15 AM »
I still don't understand what has changed so dramatically on GR since Amazon bought it... :huh:
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2013, 06:56 AM »
Some simply choose not to deal with Amazon and feel they don't need the information they have on Goodreads since they are not customers of them.   If you are a customer of Amazon, then there is no problem.

I like the new site because selecting the book for Read, reading, abandoned, not finished is much easier.  Plus I can list all the times I reread the book.   My complaint is they can't import metadata so you have to enter new books by hand if they don't have it.

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And since Amazon already owns one site like Goodreads, having two seems silly from a business point of view.  They will prob merge and discontinue one of the sites eventually.
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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2013, 07:45 AM »
I see... But I really like GR, plus I'm a customer on Amazon, so I'll prolly walk away only if a serious issue with them comes up.
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2013, 09:12 AM »
Then you don't have to worry about this topic.  These are alternative sites that offer a place to record your library.  It doesn't say anywhere on here "Leave Amazon/ Goodreads NOW"

It says if you aren't happy with the change,  here is some site.

Don't confuse the two. ;)
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2013, 10:27 PM »
To add unlimited books.  You can import an exported book file from Goodreads on it.  I just did it.  It was very easy.

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2013, 10:33 PM »
Amazon bought GR? :omg:

Hello philo! you capitalized the P or is my eye playing tricks on me again? :P

New GR sounds nice.

I'm not an Amazon customer. Is that a problem? Will they bug me to become one? :-\
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2013, 11:38 PM »
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Amazon bought GR? :omg:

Hello philo! you capitalized the P or is my eye playing tricks on me again? :P

New GR sounds nice.

I'm not an Amazon customer. Is that a problem? Will they bug me to become one? :-\

The P where?
Who knows what the apprentice to MS will do.

I'm liking the free membership on Library Thing so far.  I like anything free.  :D
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2013, 01:42 AM »
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Some simply choose not to deal with Amazon and feel they don't need the information they have on Goodreads since they are not customers of them.   If you are a customer of Amazon, then there is no problem.

I like the new site because selecting the book for Read, reading, abandoned, not finished is much easier.  Plus I can list all the times I reread the book.   My complaint is they can't import metadata so you have to enter new books by hand if they don't have it.

I am also looking at The Reading Room.  You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

And since Amazon already owns one site like Goodreads, having two seems silly from a business point of view.  They will prob merge and discontinue one of the sites eventually.

I'm going to watch it, if there aren't any major changes it shouldn't be a problem. But Amazon are not the kind of people I trust to be able to not wreck GR. It's the end of an era. I hope that it can be a good new era, bringing good things and not eviling it up. :'(
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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2013, 01:55 AM »
I need to note if anyone is interested in LT:

The Free membership on Library Thing ends today, Sunday, March 31.  After that the normal limits will be in place and  you will have to pay for a years membership.

Free Membership offer is over
members now joining the free membership are limited to adding 200 books to their shelf unless they buy a membership.
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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2013, 01:56 AM »
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I'm going to watch it, if there aren't any major changes it shouldn't be a problem. But Amazon are not the kind of people I trust to be able to not wreck GR. It's the end of an era. I hope that it can be a good new era, bringing good things and not eviling it up. :'(

I don't use it except for the yearly challenge.  The fact that things stayed broken for so long sort of cured me of the site.
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2013, 02:31 AM »
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The P where?  --> the P on Philo. I thought it was philo.

 I like anything free.  :D


Don't we all ;D Free stuff FTW :D :D :D
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2013, 02:41 AM »
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Don't we all ;D Free stuff FTW :D :D :D

It was philo.  Not sure what is going on.  Looks like Admin might be mucking about with the settings again because it looks as if everyone's changed.
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2013, 02:43 AM »
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It was philo.  Not sure what is going on.  Looks like Admin might be mucking about with the settings again because it looks as if everyone's changed.

Oh then I can pin my name change on him too >:D

Frenchy and FW said last time if I changed again they'd call me no-name -_-
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2013, 03:13 AM »
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Oh then I can pin my name change on him too >:D

Frenchy and FW said last time if I changed again they'd call me no-name -_-


GO for it. :D
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2013, 08:44 AM »
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I need to note if anyone is interested in LT:

The Free membership on Library Thing ends today, Sunday, March 31.  After that the normal limits will be in place and  you will have to pay for a years membership.

I'd like to try the LibraryThing. Do I subscribe or I am going through you ? (Wasn't clear on your post...)
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2013, 02:36 PM »
Get over there and sign up NOW.
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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2013, 10:17 PM »
I just joined and added my books. It was pretty fast.
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2013, 10:19 PM »
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I just joined and added my books. It was pretty fast.

I am FlukeyBird on there.


WHERE IS THE FREE STUFF WHERE WHERE WHERE!!! :omg: :P :D
 

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Re: Alternatives to Goodreads since Amazon bought them.
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2013, 10:49 PM »
Free stuff on site on first post.  They have copyright free books.

Library Thing's free stuff was getting a years membership free.  If you signed up today, you got the year free with so you have unliimited access to the site and can add all the books to your list you want.

I said it is like Goodreads.  ;)
 

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