Although this blog is officially dedicated to prata (and always will be!), you can tell I use it to keep a diary of the books I'm reading. I probably always will, but I do try out all the "book tracking" sites, facebook apps and so on that I come across.
None have really jiggled my worm until I discovered bookjetty.
The killer feature for me is the great library integration on the site. It helps answer all the usual questions I have whenever I hear about a new book..
- Have I already got it or read it before?
- Does one of my friends have it? Maybe I can borrow it..
- Can I get it from the local library?
- Can I buy it online?
- (oh, and if the last two steps fail, I may actually visit a real bookstore!)
The bookjetty developer(s?) have done a great job of integrating the libraries, especially considering that most are still running archaic web 0.1 systems which are not very mashup friendly. I've posted before about a kludge to do library lookups from an amazon page, but it never works very reliably because of the dumb library catalogue it needs to talk to, so I can appreciate some of the challenges they may have had.
And here's an example of how the library checks appear...
If you are into books, I heartily recommend you go and register at bookjetty and check it out!