06 February 2011

New Flash & Gripe: Bye bye Shelfari Login?


Did you hear? As of this week, to log in to Shelfari.com you now have to sign in with your Amazon login or start a new Amazon account. Blech I say!
While I love Amazon and enjoy Shelfari, I like them separate. Amazon is for me and Shelfari is for my blog. I might say good-bye to Shelfari.
Any thoughts? Do you use Shelfari?

54 comments :

  1. I do not like it. They still have that option to log in separately so I am using that. I need Shelfari, I use it as my TBR shelf

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  2. I just keep on clicking "not now" whenever they ask me to link accounts because I don't have an amazon account. It is pretty annoying. I wonder why the change?

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  3. Odd .... I never did get around to trying Shelfari, since I use LibraryThing and GoodReads. sounds frustrating!

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  4. That is really weird. Wonder if Shelfari is owned by or got bought out by Amazon. Personally, I have an account there but never use it. Maybe I will check it out in a month or two and see what other kind of changes may have occurred. Thanks for the heads up.

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  5. I use LibraryThing so don't haev Shelfari but did you hear about the McLinky change :-0 have to pay for your account of by March 1st all are deleted. Now that will be a change around the blogosphere.

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  6. Blod: Ooo there's a separate option? No way! Can you send me a link?

    Aylee & Kate: I think Amazon bought them and is trying to expand their reach. As a business it's probably a smart move. I just don't dig it. What I'm wondering is: does this mean any reviews you post on Shelfari will now be property of Amazon?

    Jo: I use those two too :) They were my trifecta but times are a changing :)

    Marce: No way!? Really. That will definitely change Blogland. I know some blogs that really count on that. Total bummer. Thanks for the news!

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  7. JuJu,

    I use GoodReads, Shelfari and LibraryThing for my reviewing...however, I don't use Amazon very often for anything other than posting my reviews, so I am pretty sure I am just going to get rid of my Shelfari and stick with GoodReads and LibraryThing :)

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  8. I agree - I like them seperate, too. Hopefully they'll stay away from Goodreads. ;)

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  9. i setup a shelfari account waaaay back. but never kept up with it. in any case, i too prefer separate accounts.

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  10. I like them separately, for sure. This kind of annoys me, and I'm not really sure why! Thanks for letting me know :/

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  11. I totally agree! I like my accounts seperate.

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  12. Molly: I am thinking of doing the very same thing :)

    JessicaBookLover & vv & Jess: Thank you! I'm so glad you gals agree with me :)

    Melissa: Me too! I feel like I'm being forced or something? :)

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  13. I used Shelfari to display my TBR pile on my blog. I absolutely do not want my accounts linked. If they make us link them eventually I will drop Shelfari and use goodreads to display my books.

    I'm bummed about McLinky too, but I hear there are a couple of other free Linky tools on the web that we can use instead.

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  14. I used shelfari for a while but it just never did exactly what I wanted it to -- & the tags were annoying! I couldn't get into librarything and then thought about it recently but found that to have more than 500 books you had to pay so I just decided to stay with GR - it's quick, it's easy, it's conclusive.
    I'm going to have to look into the McKinky thing, though... I think that's what mine are set up for... hmmm.

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  15. Forgive me for having my head in the sand, but i have not heard of Shelfari. Will have to look into it!

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  16. I used to have an account with Shelfari but after rarely using it (I started up with Goodreads and liked it infinitely more!), I decided to delete it. That isn't fair though, that users have to log in through Amazon. :/

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  17. Icky! I don't use Shelfari, I use Goodreads and LibraryThing.
    If Amazon does own it I would very much worry about reviews being 'borrowed' and cross posted or such on Amazon. I tend to stay away from posting Amazon reviews for a lot of reasons.

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  18. LOVE Shelfari. Their new login won't change my love for it, especially since my Amazon account is mainly used for reviews.

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  19. I've seen Shelfari on blogs but haven't used it. Amazon is taking over the world.
    Ann

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  20. This is terrible! It makes me feel like Amazon is taking over! LOL I don't really like the idea of them sharing. Weird.

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  21. This is a bummer. I agree, you should still have the option to keep them seperate if you so desire. I love Amazon and Shelfari both, personally I don't mind combining them. However, I don't think anyone should be forced to do something.

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  22. Joy: My sentiments exactly :)

    Gina Hott: Those tags are annoying! Whoa I SO did not know that about LibraryThing! Whoa. So once I reach 500 reviewed I have to pay?

    BeachVintage: :) Perfect analogy for you beach gal :)

    Sandy: Exactly :)

    Willow & 1stdaughter: I was thinking that too! While I love Amazon the idea of them having free reign over my reviews scares me.

    JessicaSecret: O good! Right on :) Thanks for popping by!

    Cozy: Agreed! In some ways I love it and in some ways I don't. Have you heard they are about to give Netflix a serious run for their money. That makes me sad 'cause I love Netflix.

    Gina Precious: Agreed! Good point.

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  23. Totally agree. I use them the same way. Not sure what I'll be doing at the moment....will have to think about it. (Sounds to me like somebody saw a good thing taking off and decided to call it their own...)

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  24. You know I saw that last week when I logged on and didnt really think anything of it. Amazon is gobbling up a lot of websites lately. I just joined Audible and Amazon owns that as well.

    Ive actually been using Goodreads more than Shelfari now because I like their layout better...:)

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  25. Don't use Shelfari, but this sounds like an inconvience. Amazon grates my nerves anyways because it doesn't allow me to post early reviews.

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  26. GMR: Amen sister! Nail on the head.

    Tina: Me too. So dropping Shelfari might not hurt.

    Elie: It doesn't? I didn't know that. You just taught me something new. So if a book hasn't released you can't review it?

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  27. I'm not familiar with shelf-ari, I use good reads.

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  28. I agree with Tina: I use Goodreads more, because of the layout. I only just joined Shelfari, though, and didn't have a problem connecting it with my Amazon account. I don't see myself using it much, though.

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  29. Don't like Shelfari or LibraryThing, I'm a Goodreads girl :) I like the layout too and I find its easier to use.

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  30. I logged in yesterday using the old way though it did prompt me to link my Amazon account. I really, really don't like that idea.

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  31. Kaye: Right on :)

    Penelope: Really? No issues. How long have you been on?

    Jenny N.: So true :)

    Ladytink: My sentiments exactly :)

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  32. Ugh, very annoying. I personally use Goodreads.

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  33. I second your Blech, though I don't really use Shelfari.

    They are probably thinking to just make things easier to use for their active members, but maybe they should have asked.

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  34. Ashley: Exactly :) I think I'm going to ditch Shelfari.

    Missie: True dat! I think it was a total brilliant move for the company and non-bloggers :)

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  35. I've been using shelfari for years and I love it. I actually liked the link to Amazon - as long as they don't take my reviews from Shelfari and put them on Amazon I'll be happy. I like doing that myself. I like the link to Amazon because I own a kindle and I kept forgetting to add new kindle books to my tbr stack. Now it does it for me.

    I have a goodreads account too. But, I've only had it for under a year so maybe I'm biased. I love the more connectiviness (is that a word?) with reviews on goodreads but I like the group set up much more on Shelfari. I like seeing what my friends have read/reviewed without having to click on their name. I also really love the like feature.

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  36. WonderBunny: Right on! I'm so glad to hear you dig it. You're right about it being easier to see your friends shelf on Shelfari :) Thanks for your input and visit :)

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  37. I haven't explored Shelfari much, i signed up for an account but it was when I started blogging and I got a bit overwhelmed by all the different book sites. Not sure how I feel about the change since I haven't really used it much.

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  38. Jill: Right on :) I can totally understand that.

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  39. I did hear about this. I don't use Shelfari but I was real curious about what others thought. I can see how it is a clash of interest - they should at least make the feature optional.

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  40. I think Shelfari and I are done as well...Goodreads is so much easier to use, and like you, I'd prefer to keep my Amazon/Shelfari separate :)

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  41. Agreed! I don't like the merging of the two. A while ago, I dropped my shelfari account and now solely use goodreads.com. It's seriously one of my favorite sites. I use it only for my blog. :)

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  42. Aths: Right? Agreed!

    YA: *high five* So there with you :)

    Lily: It is really good isn't it? I use it like a Twitter account sort of. I watch everyone's feed and discuss books with them :) I love Goodreads too! Long live Goodreads!

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  43. All update: So I decided to try logging in to Shelfari the old way and it states they will continue to support signing in with your Shelfari account "for the time being." Sounds ominous.

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  44. I hate it :( I still sign in with my shelfari log in, but I have to do it every time, it can't be saved, so I am annoyed. For now, I'll continue using it, but if the old way is really for the time being & it won't be available later, I'll stop using it & just stick to my GoodReads account only.

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  45. Alek: I feel ya girl! I feel ya! It's like their forcing our hand ;)

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  46. I just recently encountered this but it's not a big deal to me as I don't use Shelfari much. Goodreads is my thing!

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  47. I haven’t logged into Shelfari in a very long time & hadn’t heard about it teaming up with Amazon. Goodreads is just easier for me :)

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  48. Alyssa & Christie: True true. Goodreads is so much easier to edit too! :)

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  49. I recently said goodbye to amazon, only open and close an account when I win an amazon GC... might have to say goodbye to shelfari too...

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  50. Cherry: I feel ya! Are you using BookDepository?

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  51. Being the visual person I am, I LOVE the Shelfari shelf. You can still log in the former way. Scroll down a little and there is a "Not Ready to use Amazon.com Sign In?" with a little "sign in here" :)

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  52. Georgia Girls: I noticed that but it also has this ominous little warning of the option being available just "for now" ;) But thank you soooo much for making sure I knew how :)

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  53. Oh, yeah! I like Book Depository! ;)

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  54. Cherry: Brilliant aren't they? And they have such fantastic Customer Service.

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