My husband and I have at least 691 books. How do I know this? Because he spent yesterday using his new bar code scanner to enter our books into LibraryThing. He’s still working on this project but I am thrilled with the results so far! We have so many books because we are both avid readers (I have an English degree and he is a sci-fi nut). Having so many books though, you sometimes forget which ones you are missing to complete a series when you head to the bookstore. Now, I can pull up my entire library on my iPhone (thank you, Santa) and do an easy search by author or title to see what I have as well as see a complete list of works by that author. How handy!
So, what exactly is LibraryThing? Here is some text from their site that explains it perfectly:
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhereâ€”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.
LibraryThing is a full-powered cataloging application, searching the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 80 world libraries. You can edit your information, search and sort it, “tag” books with your own subjects, or use the Library of Congress and Dewey systems to organize your collection.
A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. A paid account allows you to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime.
I can’t wait to start using the social aspect of this program. Often, I finish a series or a particular author and really want to find another that is similar in style. This will enable me to see what other readers think I would like based on what I just finished reading!