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Dear Social Book Sites: it's 2011!

I'm member at LibraryThing where I store a catalog of all the books I own. LibraryThing then adds a whole bunch of social features and automatic meta-data on top of my simple list. I love it.

But let's face it. I'm buying less and less books on dead trees. Instead I download books from various sources: I buy them Amazon's Kindle shop, download them from the Author's web site or find them at sites like Smashwords.

Now I suddenly have a digital library and have to think about how to store my books.

Yes, I can put them in some folder on my computer and I can manage them with a tool like Calibre. But that's really not how it should work in 2011 – I want my library available everywhere, anytime and I want it to be social.

So why can't I upload my ebooks to LibraryThing, GoodReads or Shelfari and access it through whatever means my reading devices understand?

Dear social book websites:

  • Let me upload my ebooks and make them accessible via ODPS
  • Take care of format conversions
  • Automatically add eBook versions to all my dead-tree books where the text is in Public Domain

Can't be that hard, can it?

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rants, ebooks, librarything, goodreads, shelfari
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Posted on Sunday, July the 3rd 2011 (7 years ago).

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