JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

Playing with BookLikes: first impressions

Have registered with BookLikes, just to check it out; a whole three books added have told me:

*The site runs slow. Most likely because it's relatively new and hasn't acquired big server power yet.
*Both navigation and adding specific editions of books to one's own shelves is much simpler/cleaner than Goodreads ... usually a single click/single screen instead of the layers that Goodreads makes one go through. Much closer to LibraryThing simplicity in this respect.
*Possible to add your own, correct cover image to an existing book record that lacks one without having to be registered as a librarian.
*Editing book info for a title already in one's shelf is also simple/layer-navigation-free.
*Possible to import from and synchronize with one's Goodreads account (which I'm not going to do because Goodreads has inflicted a cringeworthy number of incorrect cover images on my library and I'd like to see if the correct ones link in BookLikes); also an option for Kindle owners to synch with that account/device.
*Choice of cover or table display for shelves, with several customization options for what info displays and order of books. Table layout is clean and easy to read. Also some batch editing options in table view.

Short version: Thumbs up! BookLikes has a lot of potential if the makers lick that speed thing; structurally I like it far better than Goodreads and nearly as much as LibraryThing (which lets me enter/edit ALL data in my library to match my specific edition)

P.S. I'm registered as jlsjlsjls (surprise, surprise) if you plan to register or are already registered in BookLikes and want to connect.
P.P.S. I keep wanting to call it BookLike instead of BookLikes ... must find a screwdriver and make an adjustment to brain. ;p
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