One of the drawbacks of a wholehearted conversion to ebooks is the loss of the personal library, without which spontaneous title browsing and recommendation-making among friends is less likely to occur. Ownshelf aims to keep this tradition alive by replicating the physical library in digital space. The platform essentially provides a Dropbox-esque storage space where users can upload their complete ebooks—preferably, fair use ones—to build a shareable “ebookshelf.” Members can then browse and borrow from their friends’ e-libraries as easily as if they were picking physical books off a shelf, perpetuating the social element of physical book-share culture.

Becoming Bookish [Cassandra Daily]