I have used LibraryThing for a long time but the interface is very unintuitive and "old school".

Are there some better alternatives out there?

I want:

  • Nice looking GUI
  • Good API to include recent books on my blog
  • Possibility to add own book covers and import books from other sites like Amazon.
  • Import/Export option
  • So a new alternative that I've just come across that has a great GUI is libib.com – kylex Dec 31 '12 at 18:48

I like goodreads

  • Great import/export API! – Aaron Jul 8 '10 at 10:29

Have you looked at Shelfari? Looks good to me, even though some features of LibraryThing are still missing.


I played around with books.google.com. It works great for keeping an online library. (You can find my personal library here.) There is also the Amazon Reading List Plugin for LinkedIn If you're a big LinkedIn user.

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    WOW I didn't know that google had such a service! – Aaron Jul 8 '10 at 10:18

I like Open Library. It's a wiki, and they link to archive.org's on-line reader for any books that are available. Here's The Little Gingerbread Man as an example.

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