LibraryThing is a social networking (well, social cataloging) website that, for once, celebrates something completely outside the word of the interweb. It’s completely about what you do offline – reading. Sign up, list books you own, recommend books to others, see who else has the same interests, and join author-crazy groups. It’s a cool niche site perfect for the reader who thought they were alone in liking that obscure book. I couldn’t tell you how I first heard about it. At some point a year ago, I listed it on the online section of an English composition course I was teaching. Today I clicked the link for the first time in a long time and the experience was fresh for me. Fresh enough, in fact, that I registered and created a small, selected library.
The only LT disappointment for me so far is cover images. LT has synergy with Amazon and utilize Amazon’s cover images. However, Amazon isn’t being 100% helpful. For example, I own the first-edition hardback of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, but Amazon only has this cover for the more-recent paperback release. In other instances, covers aren’t initially available, like the “no image available” tag for the first-edition hardback of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods on this search list. However here it is, and in-stock no less, when I click the hardcover link on the paperback’s page. This may be an LT search / code issue, but Amazon isn’t making itself 100% accessible, either. In short, if one is interested in making an accurate library reflecting actual covers, editions, printings one owns, they may have to sacrifice the desire for a library consisting of accurate images.
As for my library, you’ll see it at the bottom of my posts from now on unless I forget and/or suddenly get paranoid about exposing to the world my affinity for (cough!) the original Weis & Hickman DragonLance novels…