I’ve been going back and forth between all these cool Library-type sites online. I have an account at Library Thing (see the widget on my homepage), but lately I’ve been spending more time on Goodreads.
Let’s be honest — unless I hire someone, there’s no way in the world I’m ever going to electronically catalog my entire book collection. But Goodreads makes it really easy to say what you’re reading and rate it, whether you give a review or not.
They also have author pages, and once can petition to be given “Librarian” status, which means you can do things like upload book covers and title information. (I did so with They Call Me Boober Fraggle, because it was a crime to not have that book cover up there.)
They also have a nifty little prgram that allows authors to have a giveaway of one or more books. They advertise the giveaway and make it really easy to sign up. You choose the start and end date, and at the end date they choose one name from random and send you their contact information. THAT’S IT. How easy, right?
And so, since Halloween is fast approaching, I put up a copy of AlphaOops: H is for Halloween to giveaway to one lucky winner. You have to be a member of Goodreads to enter…but most of you bibliophiles already are, I know.