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August 19, 2008


Sabne Raznik

Another site I like a lot is Bookcrossing (http://www.bookcrossing.com ). It's about sharing books from your library with others by "releasing" them in public places where they can be "caught" by others. A number inside the cover can then be typed into the bookcrossing site to access that individual book's page where one can write a journal entry on it before "releasing" it again. In this way, many books have traveled the world, and the original owner can follow the journey.

Darlene S. Simmons

I have enjoyed the information immensely and look forward to going to the web sites.

Karen Y. Stafford

Your 'Well Read Life' blog for me, is the greatest thing since apple pie, and far less physically fattening. As a graduate student, I do not get to read as often as I'd like, nor do I get to read the kind of literature I prefer. Your site offers me an informative venture into the world of reading aside from academic textbooks, that is refreshing, informative,and actually exciting. Please keep this blog going. It is a more than a pleasant diversion from my daily tasks. Thank you for sharing info re: shelfari. I hope to find time in my schedule to use it. Who knows? One day when graduate school is finally done, I may actually have time to sit with a bound friend and enjoy its offerings.

Patricia M. Reynolds

For me, excitement about a wonderful book leads immediately to a meaningful conversation with others. It is serendipitous that technology-for all of its impersonality-has the potential to build such personable communication among us all.

Barb Thames


One additional advantage you didn't mention to having your library online at one of the web sites: You have an off-site inventory of your books should you ever have a major loss (say, a hurricane or some such). My insurance carrier assures me that by having an inventory of my 1500+- volumes, they will cover the books with no sort of rider on the policy. Based on that, LibraryThing and I have gone down this road hand in hand for quite a while now.


diane f williamson

I love to read books, but I have a difficult time reading off a computer screen. Mostly I have to print out what I want to read.

Once I've read a book or watched a movie, I forget I read it or saw it. Quite often I'll rebuy the same books or watch the same movies, only to realize I've already read or seen it. I don't know if this is a problem solely mine. If I need to learn something for a test, I learn it and then forget it.

I also never understand what I read aloud to an audience. I know that if I have this problem, then to evaluate a student's comprehension based on oral reading is not always an accurate method.

Many students have much higher levels of ability than our standard testing leads us to believe. NCLB is a disservice to our children. The way we teach reading is the way to destroy the love of reading.

Janet Kalmadge

Your Well-Read-Life blog is a wonderful addition to all things Levenger. Very informative and interesting without being preachy. I just love the content, and hope it is around for a long time. This current entry is just what I am looking for. Now I have another way to be involved with my books. Thank you.

David Rendall

Great post. My problem is choosing between all of these sites and finding the time to enter my books.

I also thought you'd like to know that some social networking sites include a bookshelf option. For example, Facebook allows you to enter the books you've read, are reading and hope to read. As with Shelfari, you can review, rate, tag, etc.

I've started tracking my recent reading that way. We'll see how it goes. My wife would like it if I'd get rid of the real books and go completely digital. I'm hoping for a personal library room.

David Rendall

David Rendall

I read this on the 800-CEO-Read blog the other day. Thought you'd like it. I bet Churchill would have loved digital bookshelves and the Search Inside feature on Amazon.com.

"If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or, as it were, fondle them--peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on their shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that if you do not know what is in them, you will at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them at any rate be your acquaintances."

Winston Churchill from The Last Lion by William Manchester

Veronica Rahorn

Well, thank you very much. I have successfully wasted two hours of my time! I shouldn't say "wasted" because I had fun doing this. Thanks for pointing this out. You can find my shelfari slightly filled now.

Ivy Reisner

I keep trying to do this and I freeze. There are so many books in my library, I'd spend days cataloging them all. Weeks. And I'd need to name my bookcases and then tag the books for the case they're on. That would also mean tags like "Hiding under the bed" and "in the stereo cabinet". I store books where I can. Then I'd need to either keep them in a fixed place (not easy when I'm trying to keep series together) or readjust the online list every time. And then catalog by series and maybe something of the topic "Ancient Egyptian history" and "Latin language". And I know I'd have to go back and refine. What might once have been "Japanese history" now would be "Meiji era", "Tokugawa Era" and "Warring States Era".

I know it would be useful to have done this; I feel horribly overwhelmed with the idea of doing this.

Elizabeth Cottrell

So glad you reposted this article on Facebook today...I missed it back then, but it's just as timely. I've been active on GoodReads, but will definitely check out Shelfari too.

Thanks for continuing to find ways for us to enrich our reading experience. I've been particularly impressed with your willingness -- and ability -- to help us incorporate technology appropriately and effectively.

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