I would find this useful so when I wanted to recommend a book to someone. The service doesn’t look quite like a proper academic bibliography. But you can enter books automatically if they are in the Library of Congress catalogue – or in amazon.com? I wonder if it’s better for the USA than Europe. You can enter books manually too though.
You can add tags to books and explore other people’s libraries. You can have a private library if you prefer. Otherwise it could become a bit Flickr-ish. I could imagine looking at other people’s lists. I could also imagine some translators finding out a member has a particular book and pestering that member by email (presumably only if available) for a quotation.
There’s also a blog, where Tim says he’s added a few more requested social features. It looks as if Tim is constantly rethinking the system, so I am certainly going to give the service a try.
But I often find social features a bit odd. For instance, if you join flickr, you get people coming along and writing stuff like, ‘Wow, great picture!’ or ‘Yay!’ under your photos or adding you to their list of friends. (Like Live Journal, with this ‘friend of’ and ‘friend to’ distinction, active and passive). Isabella very kindly gave me a subscription to flickr, so I should not be so negative, but when I got the first mail from them saying, ‘You lucky ducky!’ I began to feel out of place. It’s either my age or the W.C.Fields in me.
There are references to other programs for cataloguing in language hat’s comments, including a Mac one and a Linux one.