|The Bookish auto email in October 2011.|
I was going through old emails this weekend and found that. Hmmm. Never heard anything more from them, certainly not a launch announcement. And what the heck is Bookish, anyway? I popped open my web browser, expecting to see a bustling, news-laden website that would reveal all. But I got was:
|I'm not falling for that again!|
Ummmmm.....Well, they changed their logo anyway.
It got me thinking about the publishing and writing websites that have stood the test of time (or, um, launch).
Some time ago, my friend Meghan Ward had an interesting post about (or by?) the founder of Red Room. I confess I couldn't find the post--my apologies. I remember the founder talking about Red Room as a great portal for authors to sell books. I wondered in the comments how many people are using Red Room. I signed up for an account ages ago but stopped using it because I was never quite sure what it was. Plus, I blog here. So while I do get that it's a strong community, I couldn't quite see how it was better than a blog I could control the design of. I believe Red Room is successful, although how successful compared to a few years ago, I don't know.
For me, Goodreads is the best. I used to keep Excel-based logs of what I read, so having an automated, shared, and searchable (not to mention the awesome end-of-years stats!) list of what you've read and are reading is great. Goodreads.com and my profile on Goodreads.
This is Amazon's answer to Goodreads and my only visibility on this website is that I've seen the app on people's blogs. But I've never used it. It bills itself as "a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers." That sounds pretty good. Anyone use it? Let me know in the comments what you do with it. Shelfari.com.
I joined this years ago, too, and I confess have never been back. Again, it's a contained blogging community but to what end? Shewrites tends to be all about community, which is good. And it appears to offer webinars, which is also very good. I just don't use it.
This is obviously not an exhaustive list, and there's so many genres we could go into like teen writing, and sites like Authonomy. I guess I'm interested in the biggies, and what you all have consistently used over the years. Let me know in the comments and I'll update the list.