December 13, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Catalog

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Do you use any of the online book-cataloguing sites, like Library Thing or Shelfari? Why or why not? (Or . . . do you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking to?? (grin))

If not an online catalog, do you use any other method to catalog your book collection? Excel spreadsheets, index cards, a notebook, anything?


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I use Library Thing. I was signed up for a while before I actually used it. It's a bit daunting to catalog a library. Once I started, though, I was hooked. It's so easy when you type in the ISBN number. I also like seeing what other friends have on their shelves and who shares my tastes. I'm signed up as Chrisbookarama, if you'd like to add me as a friend.

I've checked out Shelfari. It didn't really appeal to me. I heard they had problems with spam lately as well. I've signed up for Good Reads (haven't used it yet) and Chapters (the book store). I'm not impressed with Chapters. You can't browse their groups. I don't get that. Plus, it's difficult to navigate. I think they need to work on it.

Really, there's a catalog for every book lover. Kimbooktu tested several. Check it out here.

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  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. I think LibraryThing is so addictive. I'll check out your shelves, Chris.

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  2. Thanks for linking to the comparative! Should be interesting!

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  3. Shelfari didn't appeal to me either - I thought Kimbooktu's description (thanks for the link, that was interesting) of it as Facebook for cataloguers summed up how I felt about it. I like seeing what other people have in their libraries too I see we share a few books (mostly CanLit and Austen). I'm GeraniumCat if you want to have a look!

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  4. I've been meaning to try out Library Thing, but I really love the Delicious Library Mac software. The only downside is you can't network with others and find people with similar reading tastes. :(

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  5. Shelfari have problems with spam? Not that I know of, but don't you hate it when you receive this kind of stuff? I got a hard time clearing several of them in my emails, gosh I wouldn't want that to happen to LT or Shelfari!

    Happy BTT!

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  6. When I found Library Thing last year, I went ahead and purchased the life-time subscription. Figured I would use it!! I'm gradually adding my books. But with the amount I have, it could take a while!!

    Of course, I already have you listed as a friend!

    Happy Thursday!!

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  7. I like LT the best too even though I am a collector ;)

    I sent you a request to be friends.

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  8. I am finding a lot of information. Here I find Chapters! Great!

    Booking through Cataloguing

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  9. I tried out LibraryThing, however I found it very "paper book" oriented. As I read mostly ebooks, I was a bit confused as to how to enter my books!

    I have really enjoyed GoodReads.com. I think it has more of a social networking component than Library Thing. Although I do like Library Thing's recommendation tool.

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  10. I'm on LibraryThing, and like it a lot. I've made some nice virtual acquaintances through the Persephone Readers and Virago Modern Classics groups, even a couple of people who now regularly check in on my blog! Plus, I got a free book through their Early Reviewers program.

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  11. THat's been my experience--didn't care for Shelfari. Though I didn't spend a lot of time with it.

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  12. I use BookCrossing and Goodreads plus a homemade catalog. Happy BTT.

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  13. I really like LibraryThing also. I agree about it being sort of addictive and easy once you get going, entering your books :)

    I have had a couple of blogger buddies recommend Good Reads, but I haven't tried it yet. Be sure to let us know if and when you do, and what you think!

    Have a great day and Happy Reading!

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  14. I really like LibraryThing as well. There are some really fun groups on there and it's interesting to see what other people have in their libraries.

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