Unforseen side effects of social reading

Many of you out there use one of the social reading/social bookshelf features. Goodreads, Shelfari, and LibraryThing have their positive and negative features. I am currently signed up for Goodreads, mainly due to the fact that a) it’s the one I signed up for first and b) it’s where most of my friends are signed up. Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience. I know another librarian who is signed up for all three, using LibraryThing as her primary site and updating her other accounts at regular intervals. As they say, your mileage may vary.

But I had an experience with Goodreads last night that was totally blogworthy. My hold on Scott Douglas’ Quiet, Please came in yesterday, and like a dutiful little Goodreader I added it to my collection. Not a few hours later I received a friend invite from Scott Douglas, with a message that I enjoyed the book.

I suppose it’s not too uncommon an occurrence in this age of ego feeds, but the immediacy of the response blew my mind. Mr. Douglas, if you’re reading this as well, I look forward to starting your book and I hope more than ever that I enjoy it. Because who knows how awkward that would be if I didn’t.

  • Ben

    Awkward, indeed! I wrote a less than stellar review of Scott Snyder’s story collection Voodoo Heart, and the next day I got a message from Mr. Snyder himself, asking for my feedback on the book. Take that, Death of the Author. But will this contribute to even more compartmentalization of our social experience (like bands putting out albums aimed mostly at Pitchfork reviewers)?

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