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Mark Atwood
Plugging LibraryThing
I'd like to plug LibraryThing.

It's one of the coolest "social network" sites on the net, and others agree. If you are anything like me, when you get invited to visit someone's home, one of the first things you do when you get the chance is to browse their bookshelves.

LT isn't the best for keeping track of your own books for your own cataloging. (For that I recommend Delicious Library.) But once you do have your own catalog, drop it into LT (it can convert from almost anything), and start getting social about our solitary pleasure of reading. You can't even claim that cataloging your books is "too hard". You can buy an old CueCat for a few bucks, or a nice wireless bluetooth smart scanner for more, or use a Mac iSight with DeliciousLibrary, and quickly scan your barcodes. If you have a lot of books, you ought to catalog them anyway, for your own sanity.

The site is neat, fast, slickly "Web 2.0" and is all AJAX-ified and tag-enabled and folksonomy-oriented. It's constantly adding neat new features, without getting messy or cluttered, and it's obviously run by people who love it, instead by corporate drones who are grinding out work to collect "eyeballs" and "maximize revenue".

My own LT account is, of course, FallenPegasus. What's yours? Chime in on the comments, and let me know.

Current Location: AlohaHaus, Capitol Hill, Seattle WA

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notaboyscout From: notaboyscout Date: January 18th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Mine is...

... http://www.librarything.com/profile/guntharr

but I have only just begun to catalog my books...
From: hollyking Date: January 18th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just started using it yesterday but my account is hollyking.
chemicallace From: chemicallace Date: January 18th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm ChemicalLace. Keep in mind that the books I have indexed there are what I have in Seattle and are not representitive of my book collection.
ms_vermilion From: ms_vermilion Date: January 18th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's a coincidence: When I had just started entering my books into LibraryThing a couple of weeks ago I looked at the list of users sharing books with me and saw your name and recognized you as a LJ user on some friend's friend's lists. Somewhat startling considering the number of LibraryThing users.

The book was Tea: Essence of the Leaf.
wendolen From: wendolen Date: January 18th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Knowing Allyson, and having met you, that doesn't strike me as a startling coincidence at all. :)
ms_vermilion From: ms_vermilion Date: January 18th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was not the particular book in common that was surprising to me; it was seeing and recognizing someone's LJ username among a sea of LibraryThing users that I have books in common with that I found interesting.

You're right, though - A book on tea is not unexpected at all.
ms_vermilion From: ms_vermilion Date: January 18th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
LibraryThing is a truly wonderful thing. Mine is here: Mistress_Vermilion. It's not anywhere close to having everything entered into it yet, but a CueCat is helping with the process. I also have a lot of books to go back and add covers to since they were not in the database.

I use Delicious Library for CDs and DVDs.
wendolen From: wendolen Date: January 18th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just made an account. I'm sure you can guess what my username is.
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