• Amazon Acquires Shelfari: Moves To Corner Book-Centric Social Networks

    Shelfari, a social network for bibliophiles, has been acquired by Amazon for an undisclosed amount. Amazon has been a longtime supporter of the Seattle based startup, having invested $1 million in the site in February 2007. The move comes less than a month after Amazon’s acquisition of AbeBooks, a vendor of rare and used books from independent publishers. As part of that acquisition… Read More

  • 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

  • Shelfari Hopes to Bring Authors and Readers Together Over Wikis

    Shelfari, the Amazon-backed community networked around books, has introduced editable author profiles in hopes that it can become a destination for not only biographical information but interactions between authors and their fans as well. Each author’s page will feature an open wiki in addition to a message board and a list of written books. Shelfari hopes to set itself apart from other… Read More

  • 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 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

  • Keep an Eye on Shelfari

    Seattle-based Shelfari is a book centered social network that launched last fall. There’s lots of competition in this space, including Library Thing, Listal, Delicious Monster and others. The basic idea is to tell Shelfari all of the books you own, and have an online visual representation of your library. Book fanatics and book clubs are the target audience. Shelfari isn’t as big… Read More