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Readernaut. Share your reading experience by writing notes, tracking progress, and engaging in meaningful discussions with friends.
posted by chunking express (23 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Is it better than goodreads?
posted by Artw at 12:05 PM on May 6, 2009


Is it better than just reading?
posted by Roman Graves at 12:09 PM on May 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Is this something I would have to be able to read to understand?
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:13 PM on May 6, 2009


Yeah, I'm with Artw... I'm wary of signing up for something when I hardly can tell what it does and I already use GoodReads. The screenshots they provide are too small to really tell what's going on, and there's not a page about the features it offers. Some more information would be helpful.
posted by Nattie at 12:19 PM on May 6, 2009


Artw: is goodreads better than librarything?
posted by honest knave at 12:32 PM on May 6, 2009


I've been using it for a little bit now. Here is my profile page. I like it more than Goodreads, which I stopped using a little while back. I think for cataloging your book collection, LibraryThing is still the best online option. This seems to fill some other niche.
posted by chunking express at 12:33 PM on May 6, 2009


And here is a short review of the site, with a few screen shots.
posted by chunking express at 12:40 PM on May 6, 2009


My father always said you should never use the words interesting, meaningful, or significant. I find it interesting that there are so many social reading sites out there, though never having used one, I am not prepared to comment on whether they provide ground for meaningful discussions. Time will tell if any of them are significant.
posted by newrambler at 1:06 PM on May 6, 2009


engaging in meaningful discussions with friends.

We can do that without Readernaut. B ut not without Twitter.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:19 PM on May 6, 2009


How, besides rounded corners, is this different from or potentially better than LibraryThing?
posted by RogerB at 1:23 PM on May 6, 2009


If LibraryThing has an easy way to track what you're reading right now, and makes notes and comments as you go, please let me know. I'd love to know. Seriously.
posted by chunking express at 1:31 PM on May 6, 2009


I have never used Goodreads or LibraryThing, but I like Readernaut. (me)
posted by robcorr at 1:33 PM on May 6, 2009


Here's my profile on LibraryThing for those wondering what stuff looks like there.
posted by chunking express at 1:37 PM on May 6, 2009


an easy way to track what you're reading right now

Okay, so the idea is that Readernaut is for book blogging, and keeping track of the reading experience, rather than reviewing and discussing after the fact? I guess this makes sense as a different function. But I'm still kind of missing why it's useful, what else you can do with it, the new utility here besides rounded progress bars with page numbers – and the back-end database of books and editions is not nearly as good as LT's based on a few trial searches.
posted by RogerB at 1:46 PM on May 6, 2009


I just thought it was cool. I don't do the sites marketing. I can't tell you why it's the best thing ever.
posted by chunking express at 1:48 PM on May 6, 2009


"meaningful discussions with friends" made me think "Hipster Runoff"
posted by BaxterG4 at 1:54 PM on May 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I honestly can't imagine using this.

I like books, and read a fair bit, but it seems a little self-obsessed to chronicle it all. At least that's the impression I got of the whole progress-bars etc. aspect.
posted by selenized at 2:35 PM on May 6, 2009


Seems like just another vanity bookshelf project. perhaps, if, one day, some smokin' hot geek babe pm's me with a 'hey, i totally want to sleep with you tonight because you have my favorite book on your shelf' i'll do more than glance at the site occasionally, but i'm not holding my breath.
posted by OHenryPacey at 2:48 PM on May 6, 2009


Can't anybody do anything ALONE anymore?
posted by Ella Fynoe at 3:41 PM on May 6, 2009 [4 favorites]


I personally love Goodreads.

As for keeping track of *notes* on books? I write in the margins, dudes. No way am I going to type all of that stuff up. No way, no how. For library books, I keep my notebook handy and take notes there. Again, no way I'm typing that up. That might, in some instances, take even longer than reading the book.

Oooh, but it has tags... I guess I'll try it. I do love a good tag.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:41 PM on May 6, 2009


I guess massively multireader online books are going to get here sooner than I thought and I am not happy. Not happy at all.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 4:53 PM on May 6, 2009


Can't anybody do anything ALONE anymore?

"If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company."
posted by Roman Graves at 3:18 AM on May 7, 2009


Can't anybody do anything ALONE anymore?

Damn those internetters for breaking down your door and forcing you to discuss books at gunpoint!
posted by DU at 5:04 AM on May 7, 2009


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