September 21, 2005

Personal library

Ok, book lovers. This may be the bestest thing yet on the internets. Go over to Library Thing and sign up. You can catalog your first 200 books free and pay $10 for a lifetime (!!) membership to add more than that. Forget those old Excel spreadsheets or Filemaker databases; this is the way to go. All it takes is a username and password, and you can be as anonymous as you like (in case you're embarrassed by the Zane Grey titles you have in your collection). You can browse other collections. You can even determine who else owns the same book you do. Nifty, nifty, nifty.

Posted by Linkmeister at September 21, 2005 12:01 AM | TrackBack

This is pretty cool, but I'd like it better if it had a batch upload feature. I've already tried to make a list (in a software called Delicious Library for OS X).

Posted by: Seth at September 21, 2005 12:01 AM

I wish I had some Zane Grey right now. I loved his stuff as a kid and would not mind re-reading "Wildfire" right now.

I have 5000+ books, not shelved in any particular order. Where do I start?

Posted by: coturnix at September 21, 2005 09:03 AM

Thanks for the info on the Armed Forces Hotels.

I'm just glad there are a few places that our military guys and gals can go to escape reality for just a little bit...and at a sliding scale fee.

Sounds like you should check out that Sunday Brunch.

Posted by: jillian at September 21, 2005 05:59 PM

At this rate I'll have to pay that $10...didn't realize I had so many books! Thanks for the tip!

Posted by: Keith at September 22, 2005 01:05 PM

Oh, there's no question I'll have to pay the $10 too; I have at least a couple of thousand books. But it's a helluva deal (I wonder how he's gonna handle it when he needs 5000 terabytes of server capacity?).

Posted by: Linkmeister at September 22, 2005 01:14 PM

Not necessarily. Since it looks like he's keying off the existing Library of Congress and Amazon databases, he's probably just storing the ISBN (or something similar) for each book record. From that he can pull the author, title, etc. So he doesn't have to duplicate the entire book information in his server, and your 2000 books might take up only about 200K. :)

Posted by: Keith at September 23, 2005 09:17 AM