BookRabbit – Facebook For Your Bookshelf


 

A friend of mine told me about BookRabbit a little while ago and Mike mentioned it on TechCrunch recently. It’s an interesting take on using books as social objects (that’s whay we will always still buy them IMHO).

Basically, BookRabbit is a place to meet people, look at the books they own, share opinions about books, listen to authors talking about their works and create categories for books that really make sense. That’s what the press release said. Here’s what makes in intriguing and potentially pretty useful to me – an avid book collector and sharer.

 

BookRabbit.com enables customers to upload pictures of their bookcases to the site, so readers can look at the book collections of other people who have the same titles and interests as them. This can offer the ability to make serendipitous book discoveries, just as you would if you were physically in someone's house, rifling through their collections. This is a great way to find and buy books, but also a fun way to strike up conversations about the books you enjoy.  

 

Here is my first bookshelf on the site.

They’re also using crowdsourcing to classify over 4m books in their list. Nice. I think it’s a very cool idea – we all spent ages nosing around other people’s profiles on Facebook and this takes a similar approach. People can nose around each others bookshelves and as Hermione says, it’s one of life’s great pleasures.

Meantime, I’m presenting at a librarians conference in Liverpool in October so thinking I may wander in to the Picton Library, takes a few snaps, upload and scare the crap out of them!

Final thought – this would be a great service if it used DeepZoom and Silverlight for deeper furrowing!

Comments (3)
  1. Steve Lamb says:

    Very cool. It’s interesting how many books we have in common.

    I like the way it’s so easy to order books and that they have free delivery in the UK too.

  2. L. says:

    I joined but have not gone back. I found it much too hard to add books I’d read, and that it was much too pushy with regard to trying to sell me stuff. However I agree about the pleasures of nosing round bookshelves – it just seemed very hard to start filling them!

  3. stevecla01 says:

    yeah, I’m with you on the too hard bit rivets – I was hoping for some kind of automated book recognition program or perhaps a mechnical turk, ad funded process for tagging.

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