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Social Networking For Book Lovers: Will Online Communities Work? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/02/10 07:46 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

Social networks can bring people together and even fuel revolutions. From Twitter to Facebook, from Orkut to Myspace, social networks online have linked millions of people of wildly different stripes.

But what happens when you base social networks on a specific community, in this case book lovers? And what happens when publishers and booksellers such as Amazon get in on the act?

Here are six social networking sites that are up and running now, and we'll tell you the difference between the ones with book publishing interests and those tied to other interests.

We'd love to hear what you think of these sites and if you're a member of any of them, tell us about them in the comments section or vote in the slideshow below.

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According to Goodreads' website:
"Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing."

In 2007, TechCrunch wrote:

Like the competing services, adding books to your virtual collection entails a search and a click – most of the meta data is pulled in via an Amazon web service. Goodreads founder Otis Chandler says the company is focused on the social network aspect of the service, letting users introduce their friends to good books through recommendations, currently reading lists, etc.

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