Facebook “Books”

Ever since Facebook has opened itself up to all users, not just those of us with .edu e-mail addresses, they’ve made themselves equally open to third-party developers of applications.

Tech dilletante that I am, I saw that one of my friends had added the”Books” application (not to be confused with Amazon’s “Book Reviews” application) and decided to take it out for a spin.

 As you can (mostly) see in the screenshot above, you can:

  • Utilize Amazon’s database to search for and display your current reading (even by ISBN!), to-be-read, and finished books
  • Rate the books from 1-5 stars
  • Reivew the books, using as many words as you want
  • See what books your friends are reading
  • Presentation is clean, minimal, and succinct
  • Similar application for CDs and DVDs coming soon.

So far, I’m not seeing anything to complain about.

What would be really cool, though, is if one of the folks at OCLC came up with a similar application that browsed WorldCat or your local online catalog and linked to the items at your local library. Just a thought. 🙂