Manage your books and more with LibraryThing

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Posted 13 Jul 2009 in Technology

I’m an avid book reader, and I have been looking for a way to catalog the books I own and have read. LibraryThing does this easily, plus it adds in social networking features such as ‘friends’, forums and local event listings.

One of the best features of LibraryThing is the ability to easily add books by title, author or ISBN number, then sort the books alphabetically by title or author, by publication date, tags, comments or rating. You can also display your books in a list or by covers,

Use the navigation bar at the top of the LibraryThing screen to meet other book lovers – the ‘Talk’ tab takes you to all forum-style topics, while ‘Groups’ helps you connect with specific groups of people that belong to groups such as: Librarians who LibraryThing, BookMooching and Books that made me think to name a few.

My absolute favorite feature of LibraryThing is ‘LibraryThing Local’, where I can go and find out about upcoming local events by setting your location and selecting a venue. Since it is summer and hot and smelly in NYC, I can narrow my results to bookstores only, and rest easy knowing I’ll probably be indoors enjoying some air conditioning while attending a book reading or workshop. Other options are Fair/Festival, Library or Other, for those things that don’t fall easily into a category. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed for upcoming local events, which makes it easier to keep track of events without having to visit LibraryThing on a daily basis.

Want everyone to know what’s in your LibraryThing? LibraryThing offers cool blog widgets (like the one on this site) and search widgets for static websites or blogs. Also, you can check your email contacts through the site to see if any of your contacts are also on LibraryThing. If that’s too much for you, there are some cool chicklets available to add to your blog or website or you can link to your profile in an email signature.

Do you have a lot of books? LibraryThing offers an inexpensive barcode scanner to help quickly file your books online, where you can go on and add reviews, ratings and meet other bibliophiles! Check it out, and see how easy it is to catalog your books and keep them organized! LibraryThing is free, but you can purchase annual memberships for $10 or lifetime memberships for $25, which allow you to add unlimited books

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  1. Hello totally nifty little thing! :)

    • Glad you like it! Let me know if you join, so we can be friends on the site.

  2. excellent stuff – I’ve been using goodreads.com which tracks my books although this looks like it has some awesome features that goodreads doesn’t have (although I’m sure I haven’t explored all the features). I love to read and can never remember all the books or when I read them or what I thought about them. It’s great to be able to look back and find ones to recommend. I’m going to check out your reading list – see if I see any I haven’t read.

    • I will look at goodreads.com – sounds like another great way to keep track of my growing collection!

      I want the scanner from LibraryThing, which will speed up my adding new books to my profile.