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What are the alternatives to Goodreads?

There are already loads of Goodreads alternatives out there. They're all doing different things, which means you now have 'choice'!

Libreture

Are you looking for a service that helps you:

  • Track your reading
  • Record your book collection
  • Discover books you might like
  • Find special edition books
  • Store your ebooks
  • Keep up-to-date with new releases
  • Rate books
  • Write reviews or recommend books
  • Discover new authors
  • Avoid Amazon

Hmm?

Are you getting a bit annoyed by the rubbish articles that repeat the misleading idea that there are only a few alternatives to Goodreads?

Following on from my last post about why we need an ebook alternative to Goodreads, here's a live list of book and reading tracking sites I've discovered while working on my own service for ebook readers, Libreture.

(Note: I'm only including services that are accessible and fully functional through a website - not app-only.)

 

Online Book and Reading Services

Anobii

Anobii is a vertical social network, dedicated to book lovers and all readers. Anobii is the richest source of information on books in Italy and the most independent. Sign up and search Anobii to find useful, interesting information on millions of books, share opinions with other readers, and see what other Anobiians think by reading their reviews and opinions.

Visit Anobii

BingeBooks

BingeBooks is an online community — created by authors and book lovers — to foster book discovery. Our goal is to help you discover new books, genres and authors that you’ll fall in love with. Discover your next great read and share your book smarts at BingeBooks, our new gathering place for book lovers. Ready to binge?

Cool Bits: Lots of categories to help you find the books you want to read, including genre and format, eg. box sets.

Visit BingeBooks

BookDigits

At BookDigits, we want to change the way you read and help you find your next favorite book. Our innovative rating system is unlike anything else on the web. Post ratings, build a to-read list, track your reading stats, and get personalized recommendations.

Visit BookDigits

Bookhype

The main focuses of Bookhype are accurate and detailed (but not overwhelmingly so) book information, reading tracking and statistics, discovering and getting alerted about new releases, and finding special editions of books.

Cool Bits: Loads of reliable book info. Great for keeping track of series and special edition releases.

Visit Bookhype

Bookroo

A book platform dedicated exclusively to discovering great kids books: track reading, get recommendations, celebrate authors and illustrators, and more!

Cool Bits: Great for finding children's books by age group and type. Also run a subscription Book Club.

Visit Bookroo

Candl

The non-social book tracker. Track what you plan, and read. Group books with tags. Add private notes. Set reading goals.

Cool Bits: Really good note taking. You can format your notes with markdown, making them great for adding your own analysis, reviews, or general thoughts. And everything is private by default.

Visit Candl

Inventaire

Your friends and communities are your best library. A service to share physical books with your friends and communities.

Visit Inventaire

LibraryThing

Enter what you’re reading or your whole library. It’s an easy, library-quality catalog. Talk about what you love with other committed bibliophiles. Track and lend your books. Snag a book from over 2000 early-release books every month.

Cool Bits: Been around since 2005, so lots of solid book data and useful amount of user rankings.

Visit LibraryThing

Libib

Libib is a website & app that catalogs books, movies, music, and video games.

Visit Libib

Libreture

Your ebooks, your library, right here! Store your ebooks, track your reading, and discover new favourites. Libreture automatically creates your own personal online library from your existing DRM-free ebook, digital comic & magazine collection. Dropbox meets Goodreads for ebook readers!

Cool Bits: No manually adding book info, just upload your DRM-free ebooks. Optionally download & read in OPDS-compatible reading apps.

Visit Libreture

Litsy

Litsy is a place to share and discover your favorite books with your favorite people.

The Litsy community is a groundswell of passionate readers. Share bookish moments with Quotes, Reviews, and Blurbs. Measure Litfluence to discover your “bookprint” in the world. Explore recommendations from readers, not algorithms. Want to organize your reading list? Litsy has stacks for that, too.

Cool Bits: An universal site that works as well on desktop as on a mobile browser.

Visit Litsy

LoveReading

LoveReading is a book recommendation website. Our mission is to share book love and encourage reading for pleasure by offering the tools, advice and information needed to help our members and browsers find their next favourite book.

Visit LoveReading

Oku (was Readng)

The companion app for your bookshelf. Collect, rate & review your favourite books.

Cool Bits: Features lots of handy stats to track your specific reading information and numbers.

Visit Readng

The Greatest Books

A list site generated from 129 "best of" book lists from a variety of sources. An algorithm is used to create a master list based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Readers can add books to their accounts as 'read' or 'want to read'.

Cool Bits: Not a list of every book, but great for building a wishlist of must-reads from 'Best of...' lists.

Visit The Greatest Books

The StoryGraph

The StoryGraph helps you track your reading and choose your next book based on your mood and your favorite topics and themes.

Cool Bits: Powerful and useful recommendations based on the 'feel' of a book and how readers tag a book's 'mood'.

Visit The StoryGraph

What Should I Read Next

Discover books you'll love! Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

Visit What Should I Read Next

Zeneca

Share and discuss your favorite books with the world. An elegant place to share your books, post thoughts, and discover like-minded readers.

Cool Bits: Very different and and unique ways of displaying and thinking about your books, with timelines, quotes, and posts.

Visit Zeneca

In Development

Blurbr

We're building a new book app to help you discover diverse books with your favourite tropes, identities and content. By combining a community and author based tagging system, alongside a smarter search algorithm, you'll be able to find the books you're looking for.

Visit Blurbr

Bookwyrm

Talk about books, track your reading, and find out what your friends are reading, on your own terms.

BookWyrm is ad-free, anti-corporate, open-source, and federated. You can seamlessly follow and interact with users on other BookWyrm instances, and on services like Mastodon.

Visit Bookwyrm

Liberry

Liberry aims to be the independent, fully customizable reading tracking app of your dreams! Add books to your library as you read them, tag and categorize them however you want, and Liberry will take care of the rest, with elegant charts and graphs that display your reading trends and progress on goals with the tap of a button.

Visit Liberry

Readerie

A place for folks to connect around and through books/reading

readerie [ ree-duh-ree ] noun: a group of readers who associate closely - similar to the word coterie. A protected place/home for readers - similar to the words orangerie, owlery, menagerie.

Visit Readerie

Readlebee

This open source project is an attempt to create a viable Goodreads alternative. It's in a very early development stage, and aims to record book reading progress, lists, reviews, comments, and more.

Visit Readlebee

Updates

I'll add to this list as I learn about other services. Feel free to suggest other alternatives that are:

  • web-based (not mobile app only)
  • have some form of free tier
  • are still active
  • are not owned by Amazon

 

Thank you and happy reading,

Kevin

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