I’m always looking for the next big social book reviewing site, but so far, I’ve found very few sites I like as well as Goodreads. It’s primarily what I use to track my reading and share reviews, despite the uproar over reviews being selectively deleted by the site. However, I have started using Riffle in parallel for several reasons. First, it’s a really good looking site. I love the Pinterest-inspired layout, with everything from activity feeds to book recommendations displayed using book covers. Second, the list feature is a lot of fun, both because of the book cover-focused layout and because the site moderators do a great job moving interesting lists (best sellers, for example) onto the site. The resulting lists are also easily embedded into blog posts. And last but not least, the site emphasizes genre, allowing you to sign-up as an expert in a particular genre and to categorize the lists you create as belonging to up to three genres. As a book blogger, this is invaluable, because it gives other users of the site a way to find you. The moderators of particular genres are also great people to be friends with, since they sometimes will choose to share your themed lists with their followers.
The only downside to using the site as a blogger is being unable to use html to format your post in order to share a link back to your blog. However, URL’s are allowed and I’ve copied Rebecca from Love At First Book and started including a URL in my reviews. I also think this downside is outweighed by the fact that even if people don’t always hop over to my blog, they are following me and reading my reviews. I find that satisfying for its own sake and am also happy to list another source of followers when I request review copies. For today’s challenge, I’d like you to try out Riffle yourself and see what you think. Try making an account and a list if you like. One winner will receive either a $10 Amazon gift card or a book from The Book Depository costing up to $10.
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