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October 27th, 2005

LibraryThing

There are quite a few ways one can catalog their book collection. There’s Book Collector, My Book Collection, Collection Explorer, All Consuming, and several others.

The new kid on the block, LibraryThing, is a worthy contender. LT takes a tagging-social networking approach, but does it in a more robust way than All Consuming. While it’s still in development, there’s new stuff being added very frequently, usually several times a week. At this point, I wouldn’t use it to replace my home copy of Book Collector, but I did pony up cash to use it as the online side of my book collection. I enter my books in Book Collector and then export the ISBNs to be imported into Library Thing. If anyone remembers 37 Signals’ book collection app, this one is like the next generation.

Here’s my collection thusfar.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday November 4, 2005 -- 11:56:20 pm
I got one of those NetCat barcode scanners with full intention of cataloguing my entire book collection. Most books printed after 1987 or so have ISBN barcodes inside the cover (separate from the UPC codes on the outside).

But many of my books predate that. And, well, it's a lot of work. We have some eight bookshelves full (with double-stacking): probably two thousand books. So I have not.



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