October 16, 2005

Library Thing progress report

Phew. 945 books entered into my catalog so far, which is probably about 2/3 of the collection. The designer/programmer has continued to tweak it; you can now import from several different varieties of files and databases, and you can search some 31 different libraries for your titles.

The tricky thing is that the ISBN system didn't fully go into effect until the early 1970s, and publishers didn't necessarily put the full numbers on the spine (or even the inside cover page) of their books until the barcode system came into effect. What that means for someone like me is a lot of typing of titles and authors' names for search purposes, since I bought a ton of books at used bookstores, and many of them pre-date 1975.

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