LibraryThing—I give up!

Okay, okay, I give up. You all made the LibraryThing book cataloging service sound so good that I had to go and join. And immediately become addicted.

Maybe I’ll be able to keep up with it, maybe not, but right now it’s an awesomely fun toy. Besides, I’d really love to have a listing of our books for insurance purposes if nothing else—who’d ever believe how many books we have in this house?! $25 for a lifetime membership is really very cheap, and $15 for the bar code scanner is something I’m more than willing to shell out with the number of books we have.

Besides, there are cool features. I’m having fun posting a few brief versions of some of my reviews, and looking up other folks’ opinions of books, and who’s reading what.

I knew I shouldn’t try it out. I just knew I’d never be able to resist if I did!


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10 comments on “LibraryThing—I give up!
  1. I’m so glad you decided to give it a try, Heather! It didn’t take me long to decide that shelling out $25 dollars for a life time membership was worth it. It’s actually a very reasonable price considering it’s a one time fee. I hope you will continue to enjoy it even after the honeymoon phase is over. 🙂

  2. Tara says:

    LT is great fun, isn’t it! It’s quite addictive and fun. I enjoy looking at other peoples libraries who have similar interests to my own.

  3. SciFiChick says: is actually easier (and I think more fun).. and completely free.. no matter how many books you have.

  4. heather says:

    LF: I’m pretty amazed by the number of uses to which they put their database—pretty much any way they can crunch the numbers to give you information, they do! That’s very fun.

    Tara: Yeah, that’s definitely enjoyable! It’s fun looking at the libraries of people I’ve gotten to know through blogging.

    SFC: I find LT quite easy, but what pushed me over the edge in the direction of LT was the ability to easily use a cheap bar code scanner to enter books. There’s no way I could imagine tackling our library without one—the 200+ books I’ve entered by hand are just scraping the surface! Besides, $25 for lifetime seems like a pretty paltry fee, and I’m willing to support a site with that many features to that tune.

  5. SciFiChick says:

    I didn’t know about the scanner thing! Okay. I’m going to have to break down and buy that soon.. And I noticed you can get a lifetime membership for as low as $19..

  6. heather says:

    Hehe! If you go for LT, drop me a note with your profile page. I can see why people have trouble choosing between the various sites out there—they all have things to recommend them!

  7. ScottM says:

    I also hadn’t heard about the scanner thing– can you link to it, so I can read up on it? That might be enough to push me into using it for real…

    Also: I wonder if you can make a “virtual” or library book category. That way I could keep track of the books I’ve read but don’t own at home.

  8. heather says:

    Scott: Here’s some info on the bar code scanning option. One way to keep track of books you’ve read but don’t own would be to use your tags; I’ve noticed a lot of people use their tags to keep track of things like “home,” “office,” “unread,” “library copy,” “advanced reader copy,” and things like that so they can track everything they read. Since you can look at all books a person has in their catalog that have been tagged with a certain tag, that would then let you essentially have such a virtual bookshelf. Also, there appears to be a lively feature suggestion group there, so there’d be no harm in suggesting it as a future feature! They seem to be big on finding new ways to crunch all the numbers in the vast database so as to give the users fun new toys.

  9. Jervis says:

    So how does the scanner thing work?

  10. heather says:

    Jervis: It’s great—just plug in to your USB port and scan the ISBN code. I’ve already scanned more than 700 books, and still going!

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