Ten Bookish Websites and Apps I Use

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Happy Tuesday guys! Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About. I think I haven’t read that amount of books yet to complete this prompt (as I only began reading last year πŸ™ ). So instead, I have yet again decided to pick a prompt from past topics and my chosen prompt is Ten bookish websites and apps I use. Well, creating this list was also not easy, but at last, I completed it πŸ˜› So let’s see what are some of the apps and websites that I use almost daily to track my reading and doing all other bookish stuff.

 

 

Ten bookish websites and apps I use

 

1. Goodreads website/app

Goodreads bannerThis has to be the number one website on every bookworm list, isn’t it? I can’t imagine managing by bookish life without Goodreads. It is the first website I open whenever I start my laptop. It is one of the best book website/app available to track your reading, the books you want to read and to see what others are reading. If we talk about the Goodreads app, then it is a little less than awesome as it has many features missing as compared to the website. Yet, it is the most functional app for tracking all that reading stuff.

You can also join Goodreads groups which are a great medium to tackle the reading challenges and increase the interaction with fellow readers.

 

2. NetGalley

NetGalley logo Well, I have a love/hate relationship with NetGalley. I love how I can get access to the ARCs which otherwise was not possible. But I hate it because it provides you so many options and bloggers like me often go to request spree and get too many ARCs. Then we need to join challenges like State of the ARC to hunt down that TBR (and I am still bad in it) πŸ˜› But yes, this is a great way, for the international bloggers too, to get new ARCs and read and review them before their release.

 

3. Edelweiss

Edelweiss logoThis is similar to NetGalley but is less famous than it because it is a little confusing to use as compared to NetGalley. The design of Edelweiss is little complicated. But once you get used to it, you can’t stop yourself from requesting the ARCs. I have recently joined Edelweiss and though I faced some difficulty, in the beginning, I am enjoying it now. But yes, I am super careful in requesting ARCs here :P

Also, I have noticed and many other bloggers also believe that it is little difficult to get approvals on Edelweiss as compared to NetGalley. But the other thing is, Edelweiss has early access to many titles as compared to NetGalley and also I have found that the variety of titles present on Edelweiss is much more as compared to NetGalley?

 

4. Amazon / Omnivoracious

Omnivoracious - the Amazon book reviewAmazon is my default go-to website for purchasing the books. I have compared the prices on many other platforms, but over the years I have found that Amazon is the cheapest and 99% of the time I am satisfied with the products. Living in a country where it is hard to get new releases in bookstores and where there is no trace of modern library, Amazon is our only way to get those shiny new releases πŸ˜›

Amazon also has a book review website called Omnivoracious: The Amazon Book Review. This website is very good if you want to read the reviews for new releases and what is going in the bookish sphere. I am subscribed to its newsletter and every now and then I read a few posts.

 

5. Instagram / Twitter

Instagram, TwiterI owe big to Instagram or preferably #bookstgaram for reigniting my hobby for books. Instagram made me realize that there is a pool of book lovers and I can also dive into that pool πŸ˜€ Instagram is my daily inspiration for all the bookish stuff especially the new releases. Not only the new releases, but I am able to know about many Indian and regional books which I wouldn’t have known otherwise.

Twitter is also great for bookish people but I often feel overwhelmed by it? Twitter is too fast and I can’t keep track of the updates my friends are posting. So the chances of missing updates are large.

 

6. Book Riot

Book RiotBook Riot is a great blog for the bookish community with all the latest updates and wonderful posts. I love the wonderful post ideas that they post and I often try to utilize them as discussion posts. If you are looking for any kind of bookish list, then Book Riot is the perfect place for it. The Book Riot community includes many well-read authors, reviewers, marketing personnel etc. This is probably the only website where I read posts with such enthusiasm πŸ˜›

 

7. WordPress App/Reader

Wordpress WordPress App is a great way to keep all the blogs you love at your fingertips (well technically). It helps to read the other bloggers posts right into the app. It is a time-saving app and definitely good for tracking the blogosphere.

 

 

8. Kindle App

Kindle AppI do have a Kindle Paperwhite so I don’t use the Kindle App most of the time. But yes, my Paperwhite doesn’t have a built-in light so if I have to read anything after the lights are out, then I use it. It is a great app in terms of how good its syncing is with the Kindle device. And yes you can post to Goodreads too πŸ™‚

 

9. Audible

Audible AppI am not that big fan of audiobooks. I have listened to a single audiobook till date and though I enjoyed it a lot, I find it a little hard to concentrate on an audiobook for some reason. But if you are an audiobook fanatic, then Audible is probably the best app out there. Seems Amazon has acquired the whole market πŸ˜€

 

10. Libib

LibibThis is a recent addition to my list. In fact, I came to know about this amazing website/app just today! I always find it difficult to keep a track of all the books I own. In other words, I am bad at cataloging. I cam through this amazing website called Libib. Libib is basically a solution for the cataloging problem. There is an easily searchable database (including a barcode scanner feature) which allows you to catalog your books. You can save your books in different groups. You can add book blurbs, tags, notes and even price to each book. You can even add your review and rating too. Basically, it works as a whole library. Isn’t this great?

This is not only for books. You can even create movies and games libraries too.

Libib also has Android and iOS apps and you can manage your library from your mobile device. You can even export your catalog to create an easy back-up. I am new to this service so don’t know about all of its features. But I can tell that I am already in love with this I am going to use it regularly now πŸ™‚ If you haven’t used it yet, I would definitely recommend this.

 

 

Honorable mentions:

Litsy

LitsyLitsy is an app similar to Instagram in terms of looks and similar to Goodreads in terms of functionality. You can share photos of the books much like Instagram. You can also share a quote from the book you’re reading and tag the book. I created an account on Litsy but now I am not using it. I find its functionalities limited as compared to Goodreads.

 

 

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe digital editionsI use this to read the PDF files provided by NetGalley. Though I hate reading the PDF files, there are some ARCs for which only PDFs are available and NetGalley recommend this app to read them as they provide protected files.

 

List Challenges

List ChallengesThis is a great website to find all kind of lists. I came to know about this site when I was searching for my Rory Gilmore Reading list. Not only the book challenges list, there are movies and other challenge lists too. You can create an account there and mark the book you have read on the list. You can even create your own challenge there.

 

 

 

Ten Bookish Websites and Apps I use

 

 

Let's Chat

Which is your go-to app/website for all your bookish stuff?

Is there any other website/app that I have missed here but you use?

Have you heard about Libib? Would you or do you use it?

Leave me your link to today’s Top Ten Tuesday and I will check it out πŸ™‚

 

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      Sim

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I am glad you liked it. These apps really make the life of a bookworm easy I guess πŸ˜› Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Jackie Briere

    Well hello there, I don’t know what an app is since I don’t use a cell phone but I have a kindle. Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter are websites I use to socialize with. I don’t use Netgalley cause places like Freebooksy are good enough for me and The Queens library has ARC’S and I’m not much into arc’s anyway so whatever.
    Here is My Top 10 Tuesday

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      Well, I don’t know about Freebooksy and The Queens library but I will check them for sure πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  2. Jade @ BookMuffin

    I swear by Goodreads to keep track of my progress (and to tell me I’m already behind on my reading challenge!) I don’t know where I’d be without it! I used to use NetGalley when I accepted ARCs, but I decided life’s too short to not read books I’ve already got on my shelf! I ended up going a bit crazy and requesting books I knew I’d never get round to reading. Amazon is my go to online place to buy books, although I do much prefer bookstores, and I adore Instagram! I love setting up photos (when I have time) and looking at everyone else’s beautiful photos as well! Great post, love the topic!
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      Thanks Jade. I am glad you liked it πŸ™‚ Haha I can’t imagine a day without opening Goodreads. I did that mistake for NetGalley too and now I am hoping to correct that mistake (which is not possible btw πŸ˜› ). I love Instagram too. It gives me so much inspiration πŸ™‚

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      Yeah the negative spree is going on lately on both Instagram and Twitter. But I am thankful for all the good things that they have offered 😊 I hardly spend time on Twitter.. it moves so fast πŸ™„

  3. Amber @ The Literary Phoenix

    I used Libib for a while! I love their visual layout, but found it a little limited for my cataloguing tastes (I catalogue vigorously). I actually ended up joining LibraryThing! They have soooo many statistics and let me tag AND categorize my books, plus like Foodreads there are all sorts of forums and functions. They had the re-read feature before Goodreads (I was reeeeally looking for that one) and also curate a Secret Santa every year and do ARC giveaways monthly (I almost always get something from them). It’s not as pretty ad Goodreads, but OMG I love it.

    I’m going to check back into Libib and see how it’s grown. πŸ˜€
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      Oh wow I certainly don’t know about LibraryThing. But now as you have mentioned, I would definitely check it out 😊 Thanks for letting me know 😊

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      Thanks Kay 😊 Yeah you are probably right. It totally depends upon an individual how to use each of these for best ❀️

  4. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener

    Oh, I’ve never heard of Edelweiss! I’m super curious, I’ll have to check it out!! Lately I’ve been getting a lot of my arc’s from First To Read, but that can be a real pain because you have to collect points to reserve books. And now I’m super curious about Lebib because I don’t really catalogue now and I should probably start. Their website looks super nice too! Great list 😊
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      Thanks Loretta 😊 Edelweiss is similar to NetGalley just have a different interface. First to Read is difficult for us International bloggers I guess so that’s not an option for me 😐 Yes you should definitely check Libib 😊 I am enjoying it so far πŸ˜€

  5. Aimee (Aimee, Always)

    I pretty much use mostly the same apps! Goodreads and Twitter are my personal favorites. Goodreads for known reasons, and Twitter because it’s perfect to connect with fellow booklovers on a more personal level. <3 I love Bookstagram too, but I'm finding it hard to be active since I haven't had the time to take some bookish photos.

    I DID NOT KNOW THERE WAS AN APP FOR CATALOGING BOOKS AND NOW I NEED IT! Will definitely use this one once I decide to reorganize my shelves (which might take a while). THANK YOU FOR THIS MAGICAL DISCOVERY.
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      Thanks Aimee 😊 Yeah bookstagram can be overwhelming at times but now I just take the pics anywhere and apply the same filters 😜
      Yeah Libib is great 😊 I was amazed too. Hopefully you get to check it out soon.

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  6. Chachic

    The apps that I use on a regular basis for book-related posts and discussions are WordPress, Instagram, Twitter and Litsy. I mostly use Goodreads to update my wishlist or read shelves but I don’t really interact with people that much over there because the mobile version of the app doesn’t have that many functions. It’s easier to interact with the other apps I mentioned.
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  7. Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead

    some of my favorites too πŸ™‚ I need to start using Goodreads more regularly though have been on it forever now.. and hoping to work on #bookstagram this year… my bookish goals for the year..
    will check out libib – had not heard of that ,,,thank you for this great list

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      Thanks Vidya 😊 Goodreads is the best companion that we book lovers can ask for πŸ˜€ Yeah start #bookstagram.. It changed many things for me 😊 Injust found Libib and prettt much enjoying it so far πŸ˜ƒ

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  8. Marie

    Oh great list! I use Goodeads and Twitter the most out of this, and obviously the wordpress app as well, but.. I’d rather check out all of my favorite blogs on the computer. I don’t know how I’d do without Goodreads, I would be unable to keep track of all the amazing books and go crazy, most likely, haha πŸ™‚ I agree that Twitter is a bit overwhelming, at times, it’s good but… not too much hahaha, I guess. Or you have to be used to it? I don’t know haha πŸ™‚
    Amazon used to be my favorite to buy my books, as it’s hard to get new releases and books in English overall in France, but lately I’ve been going on Book Depository a lot as well πŸ™‚
    Lovely post! πŸ™‚
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      Thanks Marie 😊 I guess we book lovers can’t manage our lives without Goodreads 😜 Twitter is always too fast for me.. I can’t keep track of anything.
      Well we only have option of Amazon here.. sadly Book Depository doesn’t ship here 😐

  9. JJ @ This Dark Material

    Great list! Do you know if Libib lets you import bookshelves from GR? I love nerding out over new cataloging websites but the task of adding hundreds of books winds up so daunting that I stick with the one app. Oh, and I can also vouch for LibraryThing! Because of the aforementioned mountain of books I haven’t filled out my shelves there but it’s a lovely community πŸ™‚

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      I just found Libib yesterday so I am not sure if it provides that export functionality 😜 Ohh you are the second person who have asked about LibraryThing. I would definitely check it out 😊

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      Haha exploded TBRs is the worst effect of GR and Insta 😜 But this is happy feel, right? True, Kindle has changed the way of reading for many 😊

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      Omnivoracious is great if you are looking for good content and books in trend, offcourse apart from YA too 😜 Seriously, Edelweiss is so confusing πŸ˜†

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      I am glad you find it useful 😊 I never got attached to Litsy so I stopped using it. But yes, it is a great combination of GR and Insta 😊

  10. Alyce @ The Bumbling Blogger

    This post is perfect!
    I hadn’t heard of Omnivoracious or List Challenges, but I’m definitely going to be bookmarking both of those. Also, thank you for reminding me about Libib – I signed up quite soon after it was released, but it was quite glitchy so I decided to shelve it and try when it had been going for a bit longer. This seems like the perfect time to actually get around to using it (especially because I’ve been trying to catalogue my books with Goodreads, and it’s not the easiest!).
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      Thanks Alyce 😊 I am glad you liked it. List challenges is great for finding all the different kind of challenges and try them. I just found Libib and quite liking it so far. It’s interface is so pretty 😜 Cataloging in GR is a little harder, I agree. I often get confused with so many shelves 🀣

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  11. Sam@WLABB

    Goodreads is one of my favorite places. I love to fangirl over books with other readers. I probably visit EW and NG too much. LOL. I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter, but I am trying. My pictures are terrible, but I try to post at least once a week on Instagram. I mostly stop by to see all the other stunning pictures.
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      Haha I guess we can’t imagine our lives without GR πŸ˜€ I often miss things on Twitter.. it is so fast! Instagram is such a pretty place. I wonder how people are so talented πŸ˜ƒ

  12. Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA

    I don’t use apps to read blog posts because I prefer to subscribe to blogs and read them on my phone or desktop all throughout the day. I just don’t like some of the RSS apps πŸ™‚

    I am on Instagram and Litsy and Twitter but I only look at Twitter for bookish real-time updates and bookish drama. I am not a huge fan of Twitter because I just can’t keep up. I don’t have many bookish friends or IRL friends on there, too.

    BTW, you can email a pdf file to your @kindle email so you will get it on your kindle app. You do have to set your personal email as a trusted sender, though.
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      Thanks Zeee. Yeah Twitter is too fast for me too. I always miss things over there πŸ™„ Ohh I tried reading PDF on Kindle but the format is often bad.. and NetGalley ODFs Don’t open on Kindle as they are protected files 😐

  13. Kathy @ Books & Munches

    Nice! I need to check out those List Challenges. I loooove lists and having them to complete a challenge makes it all the more fun to me, haha.
    I always use Goodreads to track my reading. NetGalley is a fixed one as well. Edelweiss.. Well, I’m trying but I have yet to get my first approval. It’s so hard sometimes.. Ugh.
    I used to be on Litsy but not anymore really. I guess I’m simply no good at apps like that and Instagram; I keep neglecting them after a while..

    Fun post! πŸ˜€

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      List challenges is really a fun website. Please check it out πŸ™‚ Goodreads is life for us I suppose πŸ˜€ I agree with Edelweiss. I got rejected for 5 books before I got my first approval πŸ˜› Its interface is little tough and I guess they are little strict in terms of providing review copies?
      I don’t use Litsy anymore too.. but there are a few people who quite enjoy it that’s why I mentioned it. But I love Instagram. It has given me many things for sure and this blog is its outcome I guess πŸ˜›

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      Thanks Becky πŸ™‚ I am glad you found it useful. I just found about Libib yesterday and enjoying it so far. Definitely worth a try πŸ™‚

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  14. verushka

    My best sites for reviews is Goodreads and then Amazon, if I have to. This is a very cool list — I didn’t know that Edelweiss had a better variety of books than Netgalley — it’s more incentive to get to working learning more about it because I agree, that site is TOTALLY confusing!

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      Well, I am not sure of that Edelweiss thing but this is what I feel. Also, many of the titles come early on Edelweiss. Goodreads and Amazon are totally cool. Can’t imagine life without Goodreads πŸ˜€

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      You are totally right. I too recently signed up on Edelweiss. Its interface is quite confusing. But I have also felt that it has more variety and number of books? Thanks Olivia πŸ™‚

  15. Helia Reads

    This is a brillaint and really useful list! Goodreads consumed my whol life the second I discovered it. I love being able to track the books I’ve read and keep up to date with new books by authors I love, as well as seeing what everyone else is reading and loving. Netgalley, Edelwiess, Audible, and the Kindle are also brillaint websites and apps I use too, and I adore bookstagram (although it makes me add to many books to my to-be-read list!).

    Another bookish website I love is Overdrive. You search for your local library, log in with your library card and password, and then you have access to all of your library’s ebooks and audiobooks! You can also access it via their app Libby which is brilliant.

    Great post!
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      Thanks Helia! Yeah I guess all these apps and websites have become our necessity these days πŸ˜€ I have heard about Overdrive bit the thing is we don’t have such advanced libraries in my country πŸ™„πŸ™ˆ I first read about Libby app on Book Riot’s site I guess.

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      Haha yes. I really want to use Goodreads better 😜 Instagram is such a fun place for all those bookish inspirations. ❀️

  16. Kristina

    Id need to give a look into some of them! I only ever use goodreads (some rare times i used babelio for thoses in french), NetGalley, bookish part of twitter & tumblr, aswell as the kindle app.. I dont think I have anything else πŸ™ˆ

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      Haha you already cover so much πŸ˜ƒ It’s enough for the daily working I guess. I hope you get to try others soon 😜

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  17. Rissi

    Fun topic spin! I used to use Goodreads ALL THE TIME. But lately, I’ve definitely fallen behind on keeping my page updated. One of my 2018 bookish goals is to get better at cross posting my reviews, etc. Also, I LOVE Libib. Not sure how I discovered it, but it’s awesome – oh, and Book Riot is fun too. I don’t read it all that often, but when I have read their posts, they’re always wonderfully written. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland!
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      Thanks Rissi 😊 It is nice to meet someone who use Libib. I am totally new to it so I am still exploring it. I need to make my catalogue there 😜
      I hope you do better with your Goodreads this year πŸ˜€

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      Libib is pretty new to me too.. It is mainly for cataloging purposes but I loved its interface 😊 Yeah, can’t agree more for Goodreads. Isn’t it favourite for most of us?

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