Review: Open Library

Star rating guide

Each star here means something specific:
Can you easily get books in?
Can you easily get books out?
Can you organize your books?
Does it tell you when your friends add a book, or finish one?
Is there a phone app?

A green-glowing star signifies a standout feature.

Open Library
openlibrary.org

Can you easily get books in?
Yes, but it's confusing!

Settings -> Import and Export options

.csv files from goodreads import just fine - and there's a nice progress bar. With a list of all records imported, and polite error messages for the rejected ones.

It imported 262 out of my 308 want-to-read books from GR

It imported 312 out of my 351 already-read books from GR
Can you easily get books out?
Yes! There's a .csv download on the Import and Export screen.
Can you organize your books?
Yes, there's a screen that lists all your books. "My Books -> My Reading Log."

You cannot group or catalog your books. Only mark them as to-read, currently-reading, or read.

You cannot search within your books.
Does it tell you when your friends add a book, or finish one?
No. OpenLibrary isn't a social network whatsoever.
Is there a phone app?
There is no phone app.

There are some unofficial knockoff apps that probably wrap the website in ads.
 
OpenLibrary General impressions
OpenLibrary is not a GoodReads alternative. It's a whole other thing entirely.

You can literally check out and view digitized copies of books.

OpenLibrary is part of a larger project - The Internet Archive. They share a common account system, which is confusing. It's also a crappy account system.