I’m a little bit late to the party but at long last I’ve decided to give the Litsy app a try. It’s described as a mix between GoodReads and Instagram and that’s probably fairly accurate. I have to admit to being a bit of a doubter, I absolutely love GoodReads and couldn’t see this being better, However, they actually complement each other really well if you’re as book obsessed as I am.
So what is Litsy?
Similar to GoodReads, Litsy is a massive book database. When you post to the app you have to link to a specific book, there are no general status updates. Each post can take a number of different forms — a blurb (basically any short comment), a quote or a review. The best thing about it though is that you can also include an image. This could be a photo of your copy of the book, your favorite reading spot or my most common picture, a page with a quote highlighted.
When you browse you can either follow different accounts and see updates from other users linked to specific books or you can look for a specific book and when you pull it up you’ll see all of the reviews, blurbs, quotes and pictures attached to it by every user. Posts are limited to 300 characters, so even reviews are pretty concise and spoilers can be hidden making it a fairly quick thing to decide whether you want to read it or not.
My thoughts on it so far
So far I’ve been using it for around a month and have been really liking it, but it’s not without it’s flaws. I love being able to link my pictures (poor as they are) to a specific title. I also like that posts are limited to those 300 characters. It forces me to be concise in my reviews (which saves a lot of time).
I have had the occasional problem with the app (it refuses to let me upload pictures every so often) however my main issue is that I don’t feel like I’m getting the most out of it by connecting with other users. Unlike GoodReads it’s difficult to find groups to join or users with similar tastes to follow and that’s where this post comes in.
Do you use Litsy?
Are you a Litsy user or have you thought about trying it? Do you have any hints or tips for getting the most out of it? If so I’d love your advice so please leave comments below or, if you’re interested in connecting your Litsy user name and I’ll follow you. Alternatively you can find me under Ali-Reads on Litsy 🙂