Social Reading and Book Stuff

Social Reading and Book Stuff

My to-do list for this vacation includes getting caught up on my Cool Tools class.  This blog doesn’t really reflect my actual activity in this class.  I just get so caught up in all the offerings I run out of time to go back and blog about it.

I’m not gonna lie – I didn’t give Overdrive another chance.  I TRIED it when it first came out.  I really did. But it was just too complicated for me. I had parent sessions in school. Children brought their devices to me and we really worked at it. But too many steps. Too many error messages. There was nothing intuitive about it and, unless you were using it on a daily basis, it was too easy to forget something. And never mind the fact that, as a mac user, there was no way for me to borrow an audio book via Overdrive.

I’ve heard that Overdrive is better now.  I know it was much friendlier for Kindle users than Nook users, but I am bitter.  It’s rare that technology gets the better of me, but Overdrive did.

My district was an early adapter of Nooks and I have 6 Nook colors in my library, along with an iPad cart with 30 iPads with the nook app. I’ve had a lot of success with this format.  I can provide a teacher with a class set of almost any current fiction title in minutes. For under $10.00. This economy and ease of use just can’t be beat.

I have been a Goodreads user for a couple of years now.  You’ll notice the Goodreads widget on my page. I get reading ideas from my friends’ lists, but my favorite way to use it is to keep track of books I want to read.  Whenever I’m in a store and see a book I want, I pull out my phone, scan it into Goodreads, and add it to my “To Read” list. Then, when I’m in the library looking for a book I can pull out my list. I almost never buy recreational reading anymore.  I am willing to wait my turn at the library.

I’ve thought about setting up a Goodreads account for my library.  I’ve noticed that some of the reviews of children’s books are written by children and I wonder if my students would be inclined to use this medium.  I’ve tried to encourage them to use the book review feature in our OPAC with minimal success. I’m not sure what holds them back as they seem to like the idea that they can record their own opinions in the catalog. But they don’t do it unless I specifically remind/request them to. I wonder if the wider Goodreads audience would appeal to them?

Finally I’m really enjoying the twitter hashtags! Twitter is becoming my primary source for PD, but I hadn’t really used it for book recommendations. That’s changing. I’m now following #kidlit and #nerdybookclub and looking forward to sharing the knowledge of a wide array of readers.


One thought on “Social Reading and Book Stuff

  1. I think that the book review feature in the OPAC is not an instant success. Mine is building, though the recommending and commenting features are clearly more popular. I’m an elementary library media specialist myself and the way I drummed up interest in the book review, recommendation and commenting features was two-fold. One, I compared it to Facebook and being published online, but with access in school. Two, I make them work for it. It is a privilege, not a right. They have to complete a Digital Passport to gain the username/password access to it. That alone seems to make it more attractive.

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