I joined LibraryThing a while back as an alternative to Goodreads, probably not long after Goodreads got sold to Amazon. I got it all set up, and occasionally copied a review over there, but I confess I haven’t done much with it recently.
I did, however get a free ARC to read and review, which I have, and I’ve posted the review on Goodreads as well. It was Distant Seas, if you’re interested. And the other day when I got an email from LibraryThing about the next batch of ARCs I thought, well, I should have posted the review of Distant Seas on LibraryThing, shouldn’t I?
So I went to do it.
I found I couldn’t add the book to my reading list. Apparently I have to upgrade my membership if I want to have more than 200 books on my list. At $10 a year it isn’t much. But why? What is the purpose of limiting the number of books you can have in free membership? In fact, what is the purpose of LibraryThing? After all, I want to post reviews of books I’ve read as a public service, not for my own benefit.
So LibraryThing will go without the new books I’m reading and the reviews of them for their membership. It’ll be on other sites including Amazon. Less work for me, after all.
Does anyone use LibraryThing? What am I missing?