aNobii derives its name from the Latin word for bookworm and bookworms are indeed the target audience. It takes only a few seconds to set up an account and start creating a book catalog. You can add books by searching for individual authors or titles, or do a mass import from Amazon, LibraryThing, your Google Library, an Excel spreadsheet, or a web page. Once you begin the import, your shelf will be complete within a few minutes. It’s then easy to add reviews, ratings, and comments and to see what others have thought of the books you’ve read.
Like similar sites, aNobii also has a social component, so you can fill out a brief profile and include a photo. There’s a facility to discuss books in groups, but it was difficult to see if any groups actually existed. However, one of the killer features in aNobii is the ability to add books in several languages and to buy books from several third-party sites. That means that if a book is recommended for you, you can purchase it from your nearest bookstore in the language that you feel most comfortable.
Something aNobii gets right is the ability to filter what you see based on your location. It’s evident that the developers have put a lot of thought into making this a useful online catalog for everyone, and it’s definitely one to watch.
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