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August 08, 2011

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Sarah Nicholas

Given the "people who read this book also read" feature is now fairly common on library OPACs, I wonder if it's only a matter of time before library borrowers have the opportunity to share (by choice, obviously) their reading preferences with others using the same library service. I envisage much competitive reading amongst students within academic libraries or opportunities for a perfunctory dating service based on similar literary interests in public libraries.

I can't decide whether I'm saying this with my tongue firmly in my in cheek :)

Meg Jones

Hrm, interesting. I very rarely use any of the 'share/tweet/etc' functions at the end of my ebooks as I have a wifi only Kindle and am thus infrequently connected to the internet at the end of a book. There's only one shared book under my name right now.

I can't quite see the point, tbh. I use Goodreads for my book related social media because I already have a social network there and it's not restricted to what I've bought/read on my Kindle and other people use LibraryThing, so I am not sure there's really a niche for what Amazon is offering.

Alan Fricker

It has been there for a while - I ended up there I think via one of the kindle related blogs. I am not sure it is much beyond the need to have somewhere to park those notes and selections that people make public from their reading.

Mats

Agree with Meg Jones. Goodreads offers more flexibility. This looks more like, well, everyone offers a social network of sorts, so why not?

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