LibraryThing is an online library catalog where you enter what you’re reading, and others do the same, and this makes it easy for you to find people who have similar interests and tastes as yours. Read the description from the LibraryThing Web site below:
What is LibraryThing?
LibraryThing is a site for book lovers.
LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of your books. You can do all of them or just what you’re reading now.
And because everyone catalogs online, they also catalog together. LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.
How to Sign-Up
LibraryThing is VERY easy to join.
All you need to do is enter a user name and a password, and you’re done.
What’s on your Bookshelf?
Adding books to your catalog is also easy.
Just enter some words from the title, the author or an ISBN.
You don’t have to type everything in. LibraryThing gets all the right data from Amazon.com and over 680 libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress.
Just click on the book to add it to your catalog.
Master of your Domain
Your catalog shows all the books you’ve entered. You can look at your catalog in either “list” or “cover” view.
You can search your books, sort your books, edit book information, and apply “tags.”
You can rate your books and write reviews.
Truth about Books
LibraryThing knows a lot about books.
The book information page gives you library-quality data.
It’s also full of social information. Each book page shows you who has the book and what they think about it—tags, reviews, even conversations.
LibraryThing knows how books connect, providing some of the best recommendations on the web.
LibraryThing cares about books, not about SELLING books.
Your profile connects you to everyone else on LibraryThing. If you want, you can tell people all about yourself and your library. (Or, you can keep it completely private.)
Your profile connects you to people who share your books. With over 406,000 users and 26 million books in the system, you’ll find some “eerily similar” libraries.
Groups and Talk
You can create and join groups on LibraryThing. You can make a group for a club, a place, or even a private group for just your friends.
You can talk in the group forum, search all group members’ libraries at once, or check out the Group Zeitgeist to spot shared books.
With Talk, the forum system, you can see the conversations happening in all groups, or just your groups. You can also find just the topics that mention your books.
LibraryThing Local is a gateway to thousands of local bookstores, libraries and book festivals—and to all the author readings, signings, discussions and other events they host.
You can keep track of interesting events in your area, show off your favorite bookstores and libraries, and see who else loves the same places you do.
I haven’t set up my profile yet but have plans to try it out. Seems useful both to the casual reader and even the writer who may be seeking other writers with similar interests.