At IBM Press books we are looking to add book reviews to our site. I don’t expect tons of reviews. The vast majority of IBM Press books rank 4-5 on Amazon.com. However, there are not alot of reviews on b&n.com. I was on a call yesterday stating that exact fact. And then today I discovered Shelfari. Who knew! It allows visitors to read opinions on books, create their bookshelf and purchase books.
Check this out. The book, A Thousand Spendid Suns, has over 1,000 comments, is in 90 book groups and almost 15,000 members have it on their Shelfari bookshelf. Those numbers impressed me! I like the ability to create groups and join a group that is interested in the same topic. I searched on a popular IBM Press book, The New Language of Business – SOA and Web 2.0 – and there it was – on 30 shelves in Shefari.
The only thing that didn’t suprise me about Shelfari is that Amazon made and investment in the company in 2007!