Whether you’re an author or a reader, you’ve got to check out this online library! (see what I did there?)
Book Junkies is a Pinterest library devoted to indie and small press publications. There are more than 3,700 pins across 39 boards — that’s Pinterest talk for some odd 3,700 Indie and small press books divided into 38 categories.
Book Junkies was set-up by Louise Wise, a self described Indie Champion. She lives in the UK, and has written several science fiction romance and contemporary romance novels. She runs a blog called Wise Words, which lives here.
According to Wise, Book Junkies is the only Indie library on the net. It’s definitely the largest one I’ve found. Again — with over 3700 books represented and growing — it’s easy to get lost looking around and reading. Most books are pinned from Amazon.com. Because it’s Pinterest, it’s graphicentric and feels like aisles in a library. I got a kick out of just browsing the titles.
Categories include all the basics (mystery-suspense, fantasy, science fiction, romance, horror, Christian, gay & lesbian, action & adventure, etc.) as well novella and short story boards, also divided into categories. Even for reference, you can find “great blog posts,” “promotional sites for Indie authors,” and “author websites.”
Warning though — don’t click on the link unless you’re prepared to devote some time to exploring the site. Book Junkies is addictive.
KBoards (formerly Kindle Boards) is a website devoted to all things Kindle, and is the largest independent Kindle user site on the web. It has over 70,000 members and over 2 million posts. The site includes a Kindle user forum, a Kindle blog, and other attributes such as a Top 10 page and a Link-Maker tool. Its forums have boards categorized by genre and focused on Kindle books, accessories, reviews, user tips, and other Kindle-related topics. It also regularly runs exclusive contests and giveaways in cooperation with their Kindle accessory sponsors.
Beyond that, KBoards offers unique (and free) tools for authors, including an active Writer’s Cafe, a sorted list of bestselling KBoards authors, a Book Bazaar to promote indie books, an author services yellow pages to find people for editing and cover graphics, and a KB author books page. They also provide a book profile page which displays all relevant book information – including online sample reading, customer reviews, video trailers, and more – on a single showcase page.
Kboards is free to sign-up and accessible at kboards.com.
So, I’m having a slow day at work and started looking for cool websites for readers. That’s when I stumbled upon Shelfari.
Shelfari promotes its “virtual bookshelf” as one of its main features. The virtual bookshelf displays covers of books which the user has entered, with popups to show the user’s book information (review, rating, and tags). Sorting by author, title, date, rating, or review is available to the viewer of the shelf. Users may organize books into different shelves, including already read, currently reading, planning to read, wish list, currently owned, and favorites.
The Shelfari catalog can be edited by users, though some changes must be approved by Shelfari “librarians.” Shelfari users build virtual bookshelves of the titles they own or have read, and can rate, review, tag, and discuss their books. Users can also create groups that other members may join, create discussions, and talk about books, or other topics. Recommendations can be sent to friends on the site for what books to read.Using wiki functionality users are encouraged to contribute reviews, descriptions, lists of characters and settings, author biographies, categories, and descriptive tags.
Most books in the Shelfari catalog come from the large Amazon catalog, including Amazon Marketplace listings added by independent resellers. These books link back to Amazon and display current pricing and links to AbeBooks for used book sales.