When Leafmarks folded last year [Leafmarks was a Goodreads type site but without the censorship] I was able to export all of my book data to that date. It was becoming apparent to me that Booklikes wasn’t cutting it [and with no Export function, what’s the point?] and I couldn’t really go back to GR [as an aside, I did briefly join up, for the 3rd time with GR only to quit when they started sending me those “You’ve just read a book. Congrats!” emails which I had not signed up for. So instead of opting out of the emails, I opted out of GR. And it just reinforced my bitter dislike of the incompetence of those running the place]. I spent a month checking out all sorts of various places.
- Librarything [ended up crossposting there and getting a free lifetime membership]
- aAnobi [which was an italian site and just as dead as Booklikes]
- The ReadingRoom [was just a huge advertisement]
- Some other sites that were so small I don’t even remember them.
Nothing was what I was looking for. Eventually, I chose WP as my social site. But what to do for my reviews? I wanted to be able to search them by as wide a variety as possible but putting them just into a Word document wasn’t enough. So I started using Calibre, which is an ebook manager. It can also manage empty books, so this was perfect for me. I had something like 2400 entries in a CSV file from Leafmarks that I imported. Then it just became a job of polishing everything up, ie, adding ratings, covers, splitting re-reads into their separate entries, etc. Today, I will get my Working Library under the 1000 mark. Going from 4digits down to 3digits is a significant morale booster for me.
Working Library: Where the Magic Happens
The Review Library: What the Magic Looks Like
I am pretty happy today. Thank you for your time.