OK, I’m going to get it all out up front: this post is a big, fat fraud. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and the Bookish is all about our top ten bookish websites, apps, thingummydoodles and wotsits. I don’t have a top ten of these. In fact, excluding other book blogs, I have the following:
1. Amazon. Sorry but I love the site. And they are even on my phone. Penury, thy name is Falaise!
2. Alibris UK. This is a jolly good online store for out of print and secondhand books in the
3. Fantastic Fiction. Pick an author who writes or wrote in English and there’s a pretty good chance that they will be listed on here, with a potted biography and, more importantly, a complete bibliography. Good for sad completists and order junkies like me.
Libraries Consortium. This site has put online the entire library catalogues of 12 London boroughs. You can make reservations and order books to borrow from all of them. Excellent for book lovers in the participating boroughs. London
5 Online newspaper review sections. Oddly enough, I am not a fan of the Times book section online which is poor, despite being behind a pay wall. I do like the Independent and the New York Times book sections.
And that is just about it. I do apologise to any of you who dropped by in hope of finding a hidden Internet gem or a technological bookish diamond in the rough. Nothing to be seen here, I’m afraid. I’m just not very up to date with the online world. I used to be a bit of an early adopter of technological things and always knew what was going on out there but now…..not so much. Indeed, things are now so bad that I have had to lure you here into my web of techie uselessness to ask two questions.
Firstly, I have a Twitter account (@2606Books). I’ve even followed a few people and posted a few Tweets but I’m a bit mystified. What, actually, is it for? What can I do with it? And how do I find people on it? By the way, feel free to follow me if you’d like.
Secondly, I’ve just signed up to Goodreads. So far, I’ve wasted an enjoyable few minutes at work adding a few books to my shelf but other than acting as a geeky list type thing, again, what is it for and what can I do with it? All suggestions (of a legal and painless nature) will be gratefully accepted.
I’d like to be better connected and I am enjoying looking at everyone else’s posts. So thank you for all your posts. Next week, the topic is rebels in literature and, as I will be back on more solid ground, I promise to be more interesting.