Shelfari is an online application which is designed to satisfy the longings of book lovers from all over the world. With Shelfari, users are able to catalog books and create a social community where catalogued books are the focus for reviews, discussions, ratings and much mire. Book lovers are able to contact each other and discuss books. Many types of people can use the information about books for their own purposes too. Some people may seek inspiration based on the discussions that are occurring in the Shelfari environment. Readers are also discover new books, find people with similar tastes and form friendships that revolve around what people are reading or plan to read. People in the community can find common ground or be energized by varying viewpoints. Users can build their own bookshelf which will contain a list of all the books that they have and may want to share.Show more screenshots »
The Shelfari website was launched in October, 2006 and by in 2007, Amazon.com had invested $1 million. Subsequently, Amazon.com acquired Shelfari in 2008. Founded by Josh Hug, Kevin Beukelman, and Mark Williamson who were RealNetworks alumni. The original name of the application was Tastemakers Inc. and its goal was to create a social networking service for avid readers. Still within the Amazon family, Shelfari is becoming a popular book-based social network.
There are a other online book communities. However, Shelfari's connection to Amazon.com does make a difference. Also, the application provides a variety of features that including sorting, filtering, reviewing and rating books. Users are also able to organize or categorize their books into different shelves.
It is easy to use Shelfari and its design is also quite intuitive or simple. The menus is neat and easy to navigate. The visual display of book covers also make the website very inviting. It pulls users in and makes a person want to join the community. There is also a list of quotes that can be appealing to users.
To effectively use the application, a user account is needed. Users can sign up by providing information that includes the user's name, email address and also choose a password. Shelfari makes it easy to add contacts as it connects to a number of different email sites including Gmail. Those that already have accounts on the application and are also in your list of friends will be displayed as having Shelfari accounts.
It is free to use the Shelfari application. There are advertisements at the bottom of the pages. Although these are noticeable, the adverts are not in the way as users browse or use the application. Of course, as Shelfari is an Amazon.com application, there are adverts related to Amazon.com.
Shelfari is a good application for those who love books and enjoy communities of book lovers, Those who want to interact with other book lovers all around the world can use Shelfari to make connections. Authors, publishers or just those that love books will like the Shelfari application.