LibraryThing / PBS integration
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Who thinks that PBS should integrate, like BookMooch and WhatsOnMyBookshelf? Why should they have all the fun?
If you agree, raise the issue with them. Or think of a way I can tie into them without their help.
Notably, we decided to go open BEFORE Bookmooch arrived. I just *felt* that someone would make an open version and get some traction—that closed systems arent' good for anyone. I was sorely tempted to do it myself, but decided that LibraryThing would lose focus. And then John Buckman did it, and now I see the whole category heating up, with others climbing too. (Kudos to John and the rest.)
I conceived of the current plan as a way to force the situation—to force openness. It's worked on amost everyone. I have two more about to integrate, which will leave PBS virtually alone.
What works or is good about PBS? I don't want to be negative. Educate me?
The biggest advantage PBS has had in the past is that they're so large; it's easier for me to get a book requested there and it's often better for finding obscure books.
But the advantages of that site have definitely shrunk as Bookmooch has come into its own...
This last couple weeks, though, PBS is slow... almost no requests coming through. But then, I'm on four sites... and ALL of them seem slow right now.
Note that Alexa graphs are somewhere between an educated guess and a lie, but they're fun to look at.
The Alexa graphs are neat!
I think you're right about the 'different customers'... In my experience, the books that go on BookMooch are the ones that languish on PBS and vice versa. Of course, as the BookMooch membership grows, that might change, but for now, it seems to me that each site attracts a different type of reader.
I replied to Shawna's thread on PBS - I don't really care what they do, it's no skin off my back. :) However, there's things I like about each site - as well as a few dislikes. The most annoying thing about PBS is that colour scheme. It drives me bonkers!! But on a posititve not it's not orange and purple!