I came upon this little gem a few days ago. Now those of you who know me may know I am not a bookworm but I am blessed with a sibling who is so i thought it would come in handy for him. Essentially it is an on-line cataloguing system allowing people to create there own library index of their book collections and access it from anywhere including a mobile phone or wireless laptop (good for the list freaks! M!) it also acts as a social bookmarking, sharing, recommending, reviewing tool. It has one of the simplest sign ups I have seen recently amongst the web 2.0 start-ups.(just pick username password and off you go) There is a three tier membership structure. FREE allowing up to 200 books a ‘1 YEAR’ membership for $10 or a ‘lifetime membership’ for $25. All sign up is simple with paypal
Is has an outstanding ‘buzz‘ page, and while I am the first to be cynical about these things it really does appear to be impressing alot of people, deservedly so I think. Adding a book to your collection is a breeze too, just browse Amazon or other librarys a quick click of the mouse button and hey presto the book is added to your ‘bookshelf’ I think the simplicity of the process will appeal to the not so experienced web users amongst us, like, say… the bookworms! It may also serve as a good teaching tool allowing them to benefit from other good social web apps like flickr, mag.nolia del.icio.us. and could provide them with an introduction into the paradigm of tagging. There are a host of other things to learn about and experiment with (including groups), have a look for yourself.