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Seven Neat Things You Can Do With LibraryThing

LibraryThing is the program for book lovers. It helps you create a library-quality catalog of books: books you own, books you’ve read, books you’d like to read, books you’ve lent out … whatever grouping you’d like.

Here is a screen shot of my page. Click on it to see the real page.

Years ago, I spent days attempting to record all the books I own. It took too long just to type in the title and author (forget copyright and ISBN) so I gave up. Now I am using Library thing. Below I show you several ways to view your library.

It is super easy to enter books (by title, author or ISBN) and before you know it you have a personal online library with a photo of the book cover, pre-assigned categories, publisher, publication date and a lots of assorted goodies. With LibraryThing you can enter dozens of books in your personal database in less than a half-hour.

Here is a Librarything widget. These are a few books tagged Christian fiction:

This is a widget of books tagged Bible Holidays:

Books tagged Christian living:

Seven Neat Things You Can Do With LibraryThing

  1. Arrange your books on a virtual shelf or as a list. This program automatically records all the info with ISBNs and details–with one click!
  2. Add random books to your blog using simple cut and paste widgets.
  3. Choose how to view (or print) all the books in your home library by cover, by title, by author, etc. If you choose list you can sort by : Title, Author, Date, Tags, Rating, or Shared. I have not added my children’s books yet (big job) except for a handful. If you want to stay under 200 you may need to leave off Goodnight Moon– and Green Eggs and Ham-type books.
  4. Connect to people with similar libraries. You can click on a book in your library to see who else has the book in their library and talk to them about it! Or find a book you want to buy and ask the person who owns it what they think. On your main library page you can view who has the same books as you. If you have 200 and someone else has 25 of the same titles you are given that person’s name to click on to browse their library or leave a comment.
  5. Write book reviews for each book. Light bulb moment–better–have your children write (or dictate) book reviews on each book you read as a family.
  6. Tag books and view by tag (or tags)–like homeschool or Creation science, classic, etc. Tags are one-word descriptors a little like keywords but non-hierarchical. You can assign as many tags to a book as you like and easily rename or delete them later. Tagging can be a lot easier and more flexible than fitting your information into preconceived categories or folders.
    Tag notes: Some homeschoolers have tagged almost every book in their library “homeschool”–NOT very helpful unless it’s a book on “How to Homeschool.” I prefer tags like “ancient history,” “children’s,” “eyewitness,” or “Christian living,” “Proverbs 31,” etc. You can view by tag cloud or author cloud (larger text=more frequent usage). Visit http://www.librarything.com/buzz.php to read what others have to say about this program.
  7. Discover new books- Find people with similar likes and read book reviews. Networking with other readers is the centerpiece of LibraryThing.com, since you can check and see how many other people love the books you love.  A statistical page with ‘obscurity numbers’ ranks your reads with similar interests, and compares your bookshelf with other users of the site.


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8 comments

  1. Hello

    What a great looking blog! Thanks for letting me know of your move and for your sweet words. I am definitely going to be checking in with this librarything tool; it sounds amazing.

    It was good to catch up on your blogs. You don’t look anywhere near to a half century, and I LOVE photos of baby feet.

    God bless you in the wonderful work you do for us.
    Goodnight
    Keri

  2. Thanks for sharing all the great information. Blessings to you in all that you do!

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