Google’s “My Library” (and Other Bookish Social Networks)

As part of Google’s push into the dig­i­tal book mar­ket (see Fri­day’s post), the com­pa­ny launched last week My Library, which lets you cre­ate lists of your own books, search the con­tent of your book inven­to­ry by key­word, and then share your book lists with friends. (You can see exam­ples of these book lists here and here, and also get Google’s offi­cial spiel on the project here.) It’s a nice idea for stu­dents and schol­ars, but will it have much take-up with the broad­er read­ing pub­lic? I’m skep­ti­cal, but you tell me? We’ve got many bona fide read­ers here. Will you be sink­ing time into build­ing your Google Library? Or are you instead ever-refin­ing your Face­book pro­file and shar­ing book­lists there? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Check out the Visu­al Book­shelf app on Face­book, which offers an effec­tive way of shar­ing your books with your social net­work. Also be sure to scan Deeplink­ing’s com­pi­la­tion, The Big List of Book­ish Social Net­works. Final­ly, if you cre­ate a book­list on Google Library (start mak­ing one here), send the urls our way and we’ll post them.

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  • This sounds like Google Book­Search meets the fab­u­lous

  • Carol A says:

    I tried out “My Library”, yes, very use­ful BUT has any­one at Google ever heard of the Dewey sys­tem used in libraries? Or indeed any method of organ­is­ing books under sub­jects? Even search­es by author can be frus­trat­ing; one search found noth­ing by an author, yet one by title found the book, com­plete with the “non-exis­tent” author’s name (and yes, it was spelt cor­rect­ly). Report card: good, but could improve.

  • Dan Colman says:

    Thanks for men­tion­ing Library­Thing. It was one of the items flagged in Deeplink­ing’s com­pi­la­tion.

  • Sean says:

    Thanks for the link. I’ve been all over Google’s My Library since it launched. The full-text search is what won me over — some­thing Library­Thing, Shel­fari and the oth­er book­ish social net­works are not going to be able to match. But wid­gets for the web and Face­book would be nice, for sure.

  • Dan says:

    Dis­ap­point­ing. May be google will improve it in their next release. For now, I love the Books iRead app on Face­book. Let’s me cre­ate book club and invite my friends.

  • […] why not add them to our “My Library” page on Google, a new prod­uct that we briefly men­tioned yes­ter­day. You can access the col­lec­tion here (or get it by rss feed). And, as you’ll see, we also […]

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