Friday, October 13, 2006

Catalog Your Book Collection Online

More than 90,000 members have cataloged more than 6,000,000 books online at LibraryThing (

This web site allows you to very easily enter your books on virtual bookshelves… and it connects you with others who read the same books. You can access your catalog anywhere you have access to the web... even on a mobile phone.

You can search 60 libraries in addition to the Library of Congress and Amazon to help you post information about your books. You can tag your books as well as import and export your data. Tagging the books in your catalog creates an index based on your ideas about your books.

The first 200 books may be entered for free. If your catalog has more than 200 entries, the cost is $10 per year or $25 for a lifetime membership.

A variety of groups are available on LibraryThing, including book talk, librarians who LibraryThing, science fiction fans, historical fiction, tea, Christianity, medieval Europe, science, humor, children’s literature, Japanese culture, and made into a movie.

The message boards appear to be quite active, including What Are You Reading Now, Bug Collectors, and Political Conservatives.

LibraryThing has been described as "MySpace for books" or "Facebook for books" or “social networking for bookworms.”

You could catalog all your books in a database… but then you’d have to look up all the relevant information. Using LibraryThing is like having a librarian do all the time-consuming research and data entry for you. And, in addition, it publicizes your interests to other book lovers and, thus, creates a community.

If you love reading, this site is worth checking out.

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