If you enjoy social networking, you likely have heard of popular social networking websites such as Facebook.com (the network king), MySpace.com (the dethroned king), Twitter.com (micro-blogging), LinkedIn.com (for professionals), and Ning.com (create your own social network), but what about sites specifically made for book lovers?
Below is a list of eight social networking websites I am aware of that involve books. They're alphabetized rather than ranked (since I couldn't make up my mind on how they would be ranked).
1. aNobii.com - You can make a virtual bookshelf, show off your shelf on a blog, check out books like a library, and connect with other book lovers, among other things.
2. Bookarmy.com - Like other sites, you can recommend books and see what authors and friends are reading.
3. BookGlutton.com - I personally like this site, although it's more of site for reading rather than connecting. There are a lot of free books you can read and comment on right next to the text. You also can chat, create groups, or upload your own book for free or at a cost. (By the way, there's a science fiction category that has free classic science fiction books.)
4. Goodreads.com - It's the largest social network for readers where you can make recommendations, create book clubs, organize your readings, etc.
5. LibraryThing.com - You can catalog books and network with others, but you can't buy books there.
6. Scribd.com - This is a document-sharing website where you can upload your writings and/or read other writings (including books) for free or at a cost. It used to present materials in Adobe Flash but now uses HTML5 (which I'm disappointed about because pages are now stacked on top of each other).
7. Shelfari.com - In this website bought by Amazon, you can build virtual bookshelves; recommend, rate and review books; and connect with other readers, among other things.
8. weRead.com - It's similar to the other websites, in which you can connect with readers and recommend books.