Thursday, March 03, 2016

R. I. P. Shelfari

 On March 16 Shelfari is going to merge with Goodreads. What a loss! For years I have been a loyal Shelfari user as I just loved the design, the groups and the intelligent discussions. Shelfari had a really smooth look and you always felt welcome in the different groups and discussions, but I guess that was not enough for Amazon to keep it going. Although it probably makes good business sense to close Shelfari (and Librarything, too!) and keep the bigger Goodreads, the Shelfari users are in shock.

At least we were promised to have all of our books transferred from Shelfari to Goodreads, but in my case only 235 of my 970 books were transferred, so I had to transfer the other 735 manually (and add another 99 along the way), so it took me weeks to get all of my books with me, but I’m finally done. I’m officially a Goodreads-reader and -author now and it sure takes some getting used to! Goodreads’ layout is horrid, the navigation is near impossible and the discussion groups seem to be more into name calling than discussing books. I don’t like it at all, but I love the idea of having the books that I’ve read listed in one place, so I am hanging in there. If you want to join me in order to make it a friendlier place, please look me up at

I’m never going to understand how Amazon could close a site that was so loved and so popular, but I know it will be sorely missed. R.I.P. Shelfari. You will always be my first and only love among social websites for book lovers!


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