Share Your Favorite Reads With Litsy
The idea of making reading social is not a new one. Tools such as Goodreads and LibraryThing already offer tools for sharing your reading with your friends. Litsy is a new app that is aimed at a similar market, but offers some nice new features. Unlike many of the other social tools for reading, Litsy is solely a mobile app, which is available for free for iOS devices.
Once you have installed the app, you can start an account either through Facebook or by creating an account. The app takes a visual approach to book sharing by encouraging users to share photos of the books that they are reading. There are three types of posts that users can make, each of which includes the option for both a photo and text. Quotes and Blurbs each include the option to tag people in your post and state whether or not it contains any spoilers. A Review post includes all of these elements and four rating options: Pick, 50-50, Pan, or Bailed. You can navigate through content either on a Home tab, which shows posts in chronological order or by searching by either book or user. You can also follow people to keep up with their activities and users can send notifications to each other within the app as well. As you are reading posts, you can opt to favorite them, comment on them, or add the book to you Have Read or To Read lists. Along the way, if anyone likes, comments on, or adds a book to their lists from your posts you can earn points that make up your “Litfluence” and shows the impact you are having on the reading community around you. When you first join Litsy, your score is 42 (a subtle nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) so that you don’t have to work your way up from zero. Litsy is a fun new option for talking about books online and it has a very nice user interface that makes it cute and easy to use. If you are a reader who likes to discuss what you read with friends, this is a nice alternative.