Friday, September 08, 2006

library thing

Hey all you book lovers and book collectors. Have I got a site for you.

It's librarything.com and it's very cool.

What is it?

It's a web site where you can catalog your book collection.

You can review books and read others' reviews.

You can join groups related to particular genres i.e. Sci Fi

It gives you book recommendations based on the books you already have in you collection.

Y0u can chat with other bibliophiles.

It gives you statistics on all of the books that have been entered on the site.

And lots, lots more. The coolest thing is the on line catalog. You enter the name of a book you have and click search. The site lists the book, author and various editions of the book. Click on the one you have and it's entered into your database along with a picture of the cover. Or you can enter all the info manually. Don't see a picture of the edition you have? No problem. You can upload a picture of your book or use a cover image supplied by other site users. So far, I've only had one book that I entered where there was no cover image of the edition I had, so I scanned it in and uploaded it myself. Now others can use that image.

You can organize your collection by author, genre, title etc. You can add tags (key words) to identify books that may be interrelated. You can then search your collection using these tags.

The coolest thing is viewing your library. You can view it in list form or cover form. If you view it as covers, you get pages of images of all of the covers of the books in your collection.

So far I've entered about 100 books into the site. Unfortunately, I have over 1000 books so I've still got a lot of work to do. But the book entry is easy so it shouldn't take too long. Once it's done I'll have a great database to easily reference my collection.

Check it out.

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