- Excellent for social networking. It's easy to see what my friends are reading a reviewing and also easy to "like" their reviews and comment on their choices.
- Also preferable for keeping up with my TBR list. I like that most of the covers are posted and that putting a book on various shelves is easy.
- Best site for posting my own reviews. I feel like more social readers participate on Goodreads, or at least more of my friends do, so I'm more likely to see their feedback on my reviews and book choices.
- The site is user friendly and visually appealing. It's easy to navigate and so easy to use that anyone can do it.
- Completely free.
- I find the mistakes and formatting errors that are on many of the books' publishing information irritating. Of course, since I'm a GR librarian, it's also a pro for me - I like going into messed up descriptions and fixing the formatting and correcting errors.
- Less detail in cataloging information and more difficult to sort by various cataloging factors.
- My CueCat doesn't work as well on Goodreads. I generally have to do some editing with ISBNs after they are scanned before the book will show up.
- The main reason I paid for a LibraryThing subscription is because it works perfectly with my CueCat. I don't have to edit any input information, I just scan the book and it appears.
- LibraryThing has much more detailed information for cataloging. Because I'm a freak about my books, I want full cataloging information on all of them. LibraryThing includes classifications such as weight, citations in various formats, Dewey Decimal classification, and LCC classification. All of these are things that I want recorded in my book catalog that I'd otherwise have to look up myself.
- In addition to having detailed cataloging information, LibraryThing also has numerous options for sorting books and analyzing the data. Based on my information and other users' information, I can see how likely I am to like a certain book, see what series a book is in, if the book has won any awards, where the author is from, and what language it was originally written in.
- There are also tons of fun "meme" features like how long your books would be if you laid them end to end and how tall they would be if you stacked them.
- Adding more than 200 books requires a membership. However, membership costs are incredibly low - I paid $25 for a lifetime membership.
- The site isn't as user friendly and isn't visually appealing to me. I'm still trying to get things figured out and determine what functions are available. This could, however, just be a result of my not having used LibraryThing for nearly as long as GR.
- The social aspect isn't as appealing. While I like some of the social comparison features (how likely am I to like this book, based on how my reviews compare to others), I much prefer the ease and range of the social features on GR. Also, the majority of friends who I look to for reviews are on Goodreads, which makes it more appealing than LibraryThing.
- Not as easy to post reviews.
PS: If you aren't already following me on Goodreads, you can do so here. And if you'd like to be my friend on LibraryThing, you can do so here.