Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Calling All Book Lovers

I just found the most wonderful online tool I have ever come across. It is called LibraryThing and it rocks the casbah. LibraryThing helps you easily organize and catalog all of your books. Not only can you input all the books you own into your account, you can tag them by whatever headings you want, view information about your collection, get recommendations, and connect with other users who share the same books. I'm addicted!

Creating an account is simple and free. There are several ways that you can easily add titles, but I have found an ISBN search to be the most accurate. LibraryThing searches the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 60 world libraries. Once you enter a title, the cover art and book information magically appear and low and behold you have a glorious bibliographic record in seconds! You can look at your personal catalog in either a "list" or a "cover" view. Each title has a book information page which gives you library-quality data that you can edit at your discretion. You can access your catalog from anywhere and so can anyone else who has your catalog's URL. (You can also keep your account private.) Check it out and create your own LibraryThing catalog today!

Here are a few articles where you can read up on LibraryThing:
St. Petersburg Times: Bibliophiles Unite!
PC Magazine: LibraryThing
Wall Street Journal: Social Networking for Bookworms
Library Journal: LibraryThing

I am working on a separate account for DVDs too, but click here to link to my book account so far.


melissa said...

thanks for the heads-up, sarah! this sounds like a great program....especially considering the amount of time (and money) i've been pouring into lately, ordering new books. :)

Sarah said...

LibraryThing is the best!

You should get an Amazon credit card if you don't have one already. You get points toward Amazon gift certificates and there are always new books to buy. Plus you get $30 off your order the first time you use it.

Amy and Andrew Daigle said...

Very cool. What in the world did we do before the internet?!

Jed and Anne said...

Sarah, that is SO cool! You have given me something way exciting to do with organizing my books without rearranging all of my bookshelves. Seriously, thank you so very much!

jay baehr said...

Love it! Thanks.