With a book buying addiction and all the different deals out there on various sites and in different formats, I have a messy collection of books. I wanted something to list everything (ebooks, audiobooks, and print) together and be able to tag each item with searchable information.
These websites help to keep ALL of my books satisfyingly organised so I can view them based on genre, author, series, tags, collections, reading status and more.
Goodreads is probably the most popular literary social media site. It’s formatted in a slightly similar way to FaceBook in that there is a newsfeed where you see updates and activity from your friends. You can also join groups focusing on many many different topics, share photos and follow authors.
Goodreads focuses more on the social aspects of reading and sharing books but there are a lot of organisational tools available as well. On the My Books page, you can organise your books into Bookshelves. You start with the basic All, Read, Currently Reading and Want to Read shelves but you can add more by clicking (Edit) next to the title Bookshelves at the top of the list. The shelves you create can be used in a similar way to tags and you can add a book to several shelves. You can also create more exclusive shelves like the Read and Currently Reading shelves at the top. When a book is on one of these shelves it cannot be on another exclusive shelf but can be added to any of the others.
When adding your books you can set the format (paperback, ebook, etc.), ownership, where you purchased it, condition, recommend it to people, and the dates you read it.
One of my favourite features is the column settings on the shelves. You can have different settings for each shelf containing whatever information you want such as read count, dates, number of pages, etc.
At the lower part of your My Books page, you can view some limited stats about your reading such as most read authors, how many pages you’ve read this year (reading stats) and if you’ve synced your kindle you can view any notes you’ve made in your books.
LibraryThing has so many fields for metadata it makes me giddy at all the ways to organise my books. There is functionality for setting the format, condition (including weight!), tags, collections, and notes for your books. It is a must for any collectors. I’m dreaming of cataloguing Folio Society books… that I don’t have…
I have only skimmed the service of everything you can do with this site but my main love is the Stats/Memes section. Here you can view a tonne of information about your books. Which ones have won what awards, what lists they’re on, how many members read the same books as you, what books you’ve read set in certain places, major events that occur in your books, where the authors are from and so much more!
FictFact is specifically designed to help you track your series. On your profile, you have a list of your series broken into Next Books, Coming Soon, To Be Read, Reading, and Read. Coming Soon lists the next releases in all the series you are following.
Visiting the My Series page which is listed in the dropdown menu under Profile shows you the full list of series you’re reading, your progress and the next book you need to read.
Visiting a books page gives you details about that specific book, shows you all the books in the series and where you are in it. You can skip certain books, add information such as tags, ownership, format and a rating.
I use FictFact to track my progress in a series including any short stories or novellas that have been released.
I adore this site! LibraryCat uses the information from your LibraryThing account to create a catalogue of your books. It is so beautiful and streamlined I love looking through my books on it.
As with a real library, you can set patrons and mark books as available or checked out. I created a profile for myself and my husband (which he’ll never use) and marked my current read as checked out.
LibraryCat’s format is very simple but gives you a more interesting way to browse your personal library. It’s free to join for personal use.