Ichabod is itchy

October 5, 2006

Library Thing

Filed under: literature,webTech — by ichabodisitchy @ 7:19 pm

A friend at work pointed me to a wonderful site today– Library Thing. You can build an online ‘catalogue’ of your books. Like all good Web 2.0 applications, you can tag entries, rate them, share them, get fun stats on them (e.g. an ‘obscurity index’) etc. There’s a couple of things I particularly like– tag clouds and author clouds (I know you get these everywhere, but I’m a big fan of tag clouds) and also an ‘author gallery’, which will show you visual pictures of all the authors of books in your collection.

I’ve started building mine, although have only got about 60 odd books in there (clumped by authors as is easiest to add all by the same author at the same time). But I’m looking forward to getting ‘up to date’ and being able to add one book at a time, as I read them. I also really love the idea of keeping up to date on what other people (that I know) are reading… so now I just need to convince some people to sign up.

Check it out— v cool.



  1. Hi Sian, I don’t know when you changed the design of your blog as I usually read it in rss (Bloglines) but I really like it! I discovered Library Thing a while ago — even before I started blogging I think — but unfortunately I am too disorganised and memory-challenged to use it. If I’d discovered it when I was younger though (of course the technology did not exist then), eg at your age, i would have absolutely adored it and put all my books read, reading and to be read, on there for evermore.

    Comment by Web editor — October 5, 2006 @ 9:28 pm |Reply

  2. LibraryThing is a lot of fun.
    It works well if you have a barcode scanner to help you get all the books entered.


    Comment by Richard Akerman — November 26, 2006 @ 1:25 pm |Reply

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