Here are some great sites for sharing and discussing books with your friends, your students, and/or friends and students around the world.. Think of the Bebo, Facebook or Myspace of the book world.

external image librarything.gif?115 "Enter what you're reading, or your whole library - it's an easy library-quality catalog. LibraryThing also connects you with people who also read the same things."

  • catalogue your own personal library
  • uses the world's best library catalogues to find the book information
  • check out who else likes the same books, and what they have that you don't
  • get involved in a book discussion group
  • use LibraryThing to find books you (or your students might like)

See this Create Readers blog entry for more details.

Try this:
  • go to
  • register
  • add some books you own, or some you have recently read
  • Go to your profile and see who else has your books
  • Go to recommendations

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  • similar to LibraryThing - catalogue your own books online
  • You can use goodreads to keep track of your friends and what they are reading
  • Every time a friend adds a book, book review or comment, you are notified
  • potential for school reading-groups - keep the discussion going between meetings

English Online Book BackChat
See this blog post from Create Readers for details.

Check out this blog post from Create Readers for more information
Jenuine Tech (formally Technospud Projects)
See Create Readers posting here.
For an example of a previous project visit Salute to Suess

Social Networking

Several New Zealand public libraries are using bebo to promote their services to teens. Here are a couple of examples.

Auckland City Libraries

Rotorua Public Library