Actually, this is not a new website as such. It’s a pre-existing site given a slightly new look under a brand new domain. This book review site was formerly a part of GlobalCyberCity.com. However, GlobalCyberCity.com is a long and clumsy name to type — I wanted something shorter and simpler. Plus, GlobalCyberCity.com did not seem to “catch on.” It didn’t draw many visitors or participants. The only section that received much attention at all was the book review section, and that was mostly because I used it regularly myself.
I love to read — listen, actually. Because I’m blind, I “read” audiobooks exclusively. And I read a lot — at least 1 to 2 books a week, usually. I’ve learned over the years (as I get older) that I forget what some books are about, or even forget that I’ve read them altogether. So, I created this book review database to help me keep track of the books I’ve read and my thoughts about them. Since I was doing this for myself anyway, I decided to make this database available to others, both to read my reviews, and if desired, to add their own reviews/comments. Anyone can read the reviews, and if anyone wants to post their own reviews, all I ask is that they register to provide their name and email address. I require this only to avoid abuse — I do not share the email addresses or send unsolicited email to them.
Given all of this, I decided to close GlobalCyberCity.com and move just the book reviews portion of the site to a new, easier to type domain. It was difficult to find an available domain name related to books, though. However, given the fact that the vast majority of books reviewed on the site were read/heard as audiobooks, and given that many people make a distinction between “reading print” and “listening to an audiobook,” I decided the available MyListens.com domain would be a suitable name for my book review website. I don’t mind if members of MyListens.com post reviews of books they’ve read in print, because hopefully, they will be available in an audio format for those of us who are blind.
So, I’m pleased to announce the launch of MyListens.com and invite you to visit, browse, and even register and post your own reviews. Hope to see you there.