Amazon Kills Shelfari

Posted on January 13, 2016

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This is a sad day for book lovers. Shelfari’s strength is the camaraderie in the group discussions. This is where I met so many friends. The thought of losing my bookshelves is terrifying. I tried using the Migrate Button — it doesn’t work! Too many redirects: “There Was an Error with This Oauth Request.” The thought of losing all my group discussions (since September 2007) is heartbreaking.

Update: The Migrate Function finally showed up.  Perhaps there is huge traffic to the site causing the function to crash or something. I hope it will go smoothly. I have always been very OC about listing my books and reviews on Shelfari.

 

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It’s official, the day that I’ve been dreading for several years has arrived. Amazon, which owns both Goodreads and Shelfari, has decided that it no longer cares to maintain Shelfari. Officially, “Shelfari is merging with Goodreads.” But let’s call it what it is: a shutdown. I feel like I’m losing a best friend and I’m pissed off.

For those of you who don’t know about Shelfari, it is a book cataloguing and discussion site. I’m a member of both it and Goodreads, and they each offer different things that I like and use. What makes Shelfari special is its passionate and supportive community of serious readers. Goodreads is great but ,when it comes to book recommendations, I always turn to my Shelfari friends. Why? Because my Goodreads friend list is populated primarily by Facebook friends — many of whom read relatively little or and have vastly different tastes.

Shelfari is superior to Goodreads…

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