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  • Shelfari and LibraryThing: Awkward Bookends To AbeBooks-Amazon Deal

    Shelfari and LibraryThing: Awkward Bookends To AbeBooks-Amazon Deal

    Earlier today we reported that Amazon had acquired AbeBooks, an online retailer of rare and used books from independent publishers. AbeBooks held a major (although not majority) stake in a site called LibraryThing, where the literati can list their favorite books and discuss them. Coincidentally, Amazon has put a reported $1 million into Shelfari, one of LibraryThing’s direct… Read More

  • Goodreads Raises Angel Round To Help You Find That Perfect Book

    Goodreads Raises Angel Round To Help You Find That Perfect Book

    Los Angeles based Goodreads, a social network focused on book lovers, has managed to get to 650,000 registered users and near profitability without any funding at all in their first year since launch. Today they will announce an angel round of financing from James Currier (founder of Ooga Labs and Tickle), Michael Birch (founder of Bebo), Chris Michel (founder of Military.com and Affinity… Read More

  • Amazon Invests in Shelfari

    We’re hearing that Amazon has invested $1 million or so in Seattle based Shelfari, beating out at least one venture firm that competed for the deal. Shelfari is a website where users input all of the books they own, and have an online visual representation of their library to share with others. Users can share their library through the Shelfari website or via a widget, and make money… Read More

  • Tag your books with Library Thing

    Writing about Etsy yesterday got me fired up on tagging again, so I am going to write about at least two tagging sites tonight that I’ve been testing. The first is Library Thing, which is turning into quite a nice service for tagging your real-world books. Registration is simple – give it a username and a password. No other personal information is requested. Adding books is just… Read More