I recommend you start your journey at Shelfari by taking the tour offered on the main page. Just click the Take the Tour button. This will allow you to brief yourself with all the different things you can do at Shelfari. If you like what you see then at the end of the tour click the Join Now button. That will take you to registration form where you need to fill in your name, a working e-mail address, and create a password; after you’ve done that click the create account button.
Depending on the e-mail address you provided it will give you the option to sign into your e-mail address so that it can access your contact list, this will let you and your friends share your bookshelves with each other. You can also choose to skip this and come back to it later. If you login in to your e-mail address and let it search your contacts it will also give you the option to invite your friends. You can skip that and move forward as well. That’s it! You’ll be logged in and ready to add books to your shelf.
Adding books is easy, and the site walks you through it the first time you’ve logged in. I recommend grabbing a book, or putting in the title of something you’ve read and enjoyed so that you can get started right away.
First you’ll search for the book, either by the title or by the author, and then you will select your book from the list. After that you’ll be given the option to rate and review it, set it to private (in case you don’t want to share the title with your friends). Next you’ll enter all the details you know about the edition you own or if you don’t own it you can add it to your wish list. After that the next step is to tag the book so it is easier for others to search for, and then last, but not least you’ll be whisked off to the Done button where you can also discover more options of what you can do with the book you added.
Anytime you want to add another book just do a search for it and click the add button and you’ll be able to do everything you did for the first book you added. This is an awesome way of keeping tracking of what you’ve read, what you’re reading, and what you’d like to read.
I use the site to keep track of my book collections; I collect different series of books, and with Shelfari I can make sure I haven’t missed any or that don’t buy books twice. I also use it to keep track of books I see and want to read but don’t have the cash to pick up on the spot. It works a lot better than keeping a list in my wallet, that’s for sure!
So check it out today, and get started on your own virtual bookshelf!