For the love of books – LibraryThing stole my Saturday

LibraryThing.com has stolen my Saturday afternoon.

After a morning of food shopping in the glorious sunshine, then a few G&T’s, i remembered that a few years ago I opened an account on the Librarything website. If this sounds really book-geeky then let me explain:

“LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.”

I guess the first question is why would you catalog your books? You aren’t a library! No, but I’ve always loved books but what with the transient lifestyle Archaeology so often forces upon you, having a good stock of them isn’t conducive to moving house every few months. Now that we will be in Edinburgh for a few years (hopefully!) we can once again pile the bookshelves and worry about the moving van when I’m well into my thirties.

Its easy peasy too – just enter the ISBN or author or title and Librarything searches Amazon, the Library of Congress and a whole bunch of other libraries to get the metadata for you. There is also a manual option, handy for those old and antiquarian books we’ve acquired.

I particularly like seeing what other books people have. Maybe it is just nosy, or a form of book stalking, but there is something friendly about it. For example, over 9000 people also have The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but only 5 other people have my Pottery in Anglo Saxon England shire publication. Maybe those 5 folk have interesting books on their list I could seek out?

It is also free, well, free for your first 200 books. After that you can make a paypal donation of any amount over $19 for lifetime membership and adding an unlimited number of tomes. Unlimited books. Bring it on!

If you are feeling nosy about what books I have, then check out the widget in the right hand side of this post, or look at:http://www.librarything.com/profile/emmaoriordan

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