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Lark84
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posted 12-17-2006 02:31 PM      Profile for Lark84     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't know how many of you approximately 7 people still visiting this forum read books, but if you do, I can recommend the site LibraryThing, http://www.librarything.com/.

It's one of those "social" sites (like Flickr and del.icio.us), relying on lots of data input by users to build site functionality.

I stumbled across the site somehow, and found I like it a lot (even though I'm less than an avid reader).

Essentially, it works like this: You enter all the books you've read (which can be done fairly quickly at http://www.librarything.com/import.php - just enter the ISBN:s of all your books, and voila - they are added to your catalog automagically), then, you can do a variety of things:

- get recommendations for other books you may like, given your reading history
- tag the books to keep track of your library in various ways (works just like del.icio.us, and that turned out to be immensely useful)
- show off your library to friends, or the world (also helps people see which books they should not get you for christmas)
- review books, read reviews, participate in discussions (I haven't done this yet, so I can't tell how good these features are)

Et cetera.

I encourage everyone to give it a try.

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ieR2
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posted 12-21-2006 10:51 AM      Profile for ieR2   Email ieR2   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
USE A SMALLER PICTURE DAMNIT!

but yeah, my college used to have something like that. I'll check it out on my break. Usually there's just outdated stuff, but there might be some rare treasures in there.

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Rolken
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posted 12-22-2006 06:09 PM      Profile for Rolken   Author's Homepage   Email Rolken   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Looks interesting, though being solely focused on your 'library' seems misguided. There should be a provision for factoring books you enjoyed but don't own; few people buy every book they read. Though you can just put them in anyway, but then the 'hey this is my collection' aspect is lost.

Also I am suspicious of the notion of paid membership. What's it do, let you put in 10 books and then say "whoa full stop brotha :10bux: plz"?

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Lark84
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posted 12-23-2006 07:03 AM      Profile for Lark84     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There should be a provision for factoring books you enjoyed but don't own; few people buy every book they read. Though you can just put them in anyway, but then the 'hey this is my collection' aspect is lost.

Gaming humor aside, you could tag them with "own" and "don't own" or whatever, but I agree that the term "library" is a bit misleading. I never thought of this before.

Also I am suspicious of the notion of paid membership. What's it do, let you put in 10 books and then say "whoa full stop brotha :10bux: plz"?

You can add 200 books on a free membership. If you read a lot, then I think you'll hit this limit pretty quick, but it's enough to allow you to get a good idea of how the site works.

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