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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?

Oh yeah.  I use LibraryThing all right.  I can't get enough of it!  I've been a member since October, 2006.  As it says in my LT profile, my library consists of books I've read or plan to read.  I use tags to track when I read the book, or if it's a TBR.  I also use tagging to indicate prize winners, or if I read the book as part of a reading challenge, etc.  I don't own all of the books in my catalog, and there are many books in my home that I haven't catalogued.  I started building my catalog with books I'd read in 2006, books I'd swapped through Paperbackswap, and books sitting on the shelves at home.  As of this writing, I have 256 books catalogued, and I have a widget on my sidebar that displays random books from my library every time you visit my blog.

Although I adore making and managing lists, for me LT is much more than that.  It's a great source for discovering new books and authors, both through reviews posted by LT members, and through the numerous discussion forums about books and reading.  I have met many very interesting people, and read works I never would have discovered otherwise.  If I'm forced to go for a day without popping into LibraryThing, I start to experience withdrawal symptoms!

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mrstreme
Dec. 14th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Long live LT! I get the shakes when their server goes down!
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