Books, Diversions, Organization, Services, Useful Things, Websites by Chris Coyier

Shelfari is a website focused solely on books. Within Shelfari you build and maintain your “Shelf” – a big group of all your books. Adding a book to your shelf is as easy as typing the title and choosing from the list of results. Browsing the shelf is a visual experience as the cover art is pulled from Amazon and placed onto some slightly 3D artwork making it look as if your books are literally sitting on a shelf.

You and other users can rate books, post your opinions, as well as write lengthier reviews. You may also ask questions about the book to other users, leading to larger discussions. Like any good community site of the new web, Shelfari has user profiles, messaging, tagging, friends, and groups – all of which are very smoothly integrated. Shelfari provides a widget for use on your own sites. I liked using Shelfari so much I put it on my personal homepage, check it out if you want to see it in action.

I’m sure that Shelfari makes it’s money through commission of sales through Amazon, as clicking on a book cover anywhere on the site or a widget provides a “Buy from Amazon” button. I find this entirely unobtrusive and even quite handy. Should I discover or get a recommendation for a new book, buying it is only a click away. I would love to see integration with something like PaperBackSwap in the future. I think that would really help the community by getting the books flowing.


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