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Reading and books

Yesterday I was talking about browsing through the posts to 50bookchallenge, and how sometimes it leads to unexpected discoveries. Case in point: bewilderedhero's January 11th post: http://community.livejournal.com/50bookchallenge/6089798.html, with its link to LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/

LibraryThing is an online site which allows you to catalogue your books, keep track of your reading, write book reviews, search for people with similar libraries, get reading recommendations, and apparently do a whole host of other things. One thing I like is the Groups page, where I discovered a group called "Livejournalers" (376 members), and another called "Librarians who LibraryThing" (1488 members).

You can catalogue up to 200 books for free; to catalogue more, it's $10 per year or $25 for life. Since I could use up over half of my free allowance just on my cookbook collection, I'll definitely be taking the $25-for-life option.

So, people, if you look around at your books and feel like you're the lion tamer at the circus with a whip and chair trying to hold back and maintain control over a group of hungry lions, then maybe LibraryThing is for you. Go check it out at least, and if you like it, spread the word. And maybe I'll see some of you there in the Livejournalers group once I join. :-)

Note to lark_about: Wow! Had you heard of this before? They're based in Maine, apparently, and have gotten a lot of mainstream media coverage (some of the references and links are up on the home page). Everything from The Wall Street Journal Online and The Guardian to PC World, USA Today, and Public Libraries magazine.



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Jan. 13th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
I never heard of this! I'll definitely have to check it out.
Jan. 13th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! And you can even pick another source than amazon.com to look for your books! Colour me impressed *g* Thanks for the heads up.
Jan. 13th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I posted repeatedly about this when I discovered it a couple of years ago. I think I've had it for just about two years, and I distinctly remember telling you about this when I came to visit, lol. I got a permanent account when they were only 10$. :-D But I'm way behind on updating it. Shall have to get on that, soon. Nevertheless, it's a very nifty thing.
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Hmmm ... perhaps you posted before I got to know you? But if you told me about it when you came to visit, then blame my faulty memory (I'm old, remember, and the brain cells are starting to go). Seriously, though, this sounds like a great thing, and I'm certainly willing to spend $25 on it. The trick will be finding time to do all the inputting, and then maintain it on a regular basis.
Jan. 14th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
Lol. And yeah, it is kinda hard to fill it and then keep up. I managed to get to 395 or something before I let it slip and so that's maybe one third of my collection and none of the more recent acquisitions. *sigh*

There is also a DVD not-quite-equivalent which I also haven't been keeping up to date, lol.
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