Why LibraryThing? – Tuesday Thingers

Today’s Tuesday Thingers question is:
Why LT?

Why did you choose to open and maintain an LT account? Do you/did you use other online cataloging/social networking sites, like GoodReads or Shelfari? Do you use more than one? Are they different or do they serve different purposes?

My answer:

I knew about LibraryThing from other people’s blogs and had looked at it but decided not to use it myself because I had catalogued most of my books in a database on my laptop. Then we were burgled and one of the things stolen was the laptop.  I was devastated. The laptop could be replaced but not its contents and I had spent a long time entering in all the details of both my books and my husband’s and did not have a saved copy. I expect the thief was surprised to see my catalogue.

The thought of starting again was depressing and then I thought of LibraryThing. It’s better than the database I had used and I like having an image of the book. It’™s easy to add in books as LibraryThing does all the work for you using data imported from booksellers and a long list of libraries and I like seeing other members’™ listings and reviews. And Early Reviewers is a brilliant idea, although I’ve only had one book so far.

I haven’t used other online cataloguing or social networking sites. I hadn’t heard of GoodReads before, but I’m not tempted – LibraryThing and blogging take up plenty of my time as it is!

14 thoughts on “Why LibraryThing? – Tuesday Thingers

  1. Oh no – sorry about your laptop. When my laptop bit the dust, I was lucky that I was able to recover all my data (though I was never so ambitious as to catalogue ALL my books, I did have a list of who had borrowed what book so I might get them back one day).

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  2. Don’t know how you lived through the trauma of having your laptop stolen – I’d be devastated, too. Yes, having the image of the book is one of the things I like best about the system – so much better than just a list of titles. Of course, if LT wasn’t so addictive, I could get a lot more reading done!

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  3. After my 2 english classes are over, I definitely have to jump on this Library Thing thing. I love reading the Tuesday Thingers postings but between blogging, reading and classes I haven’t made the effort or found the time to delve into the Library Thing world. Thanks for blogging about it so it keeps me interested!

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  4. I would be crushed if I lost my laptop! I am also a big fan of having the cover images – I am very particular about matching the cover on LT to the cover of my edition.

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  5. What a drag about the laptop. My life is on my laptop and I back it up everyday but the backup drive sits right next to the computer and now your story makes me think I should hide it because chances are a thief would take the computer and the backup drive. Must not think about that! Yay for LibraryThing though. I love it. I have tried lots of different cataloging systems and this is the best I’ve come across.

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  6. Goodness, I hadn’t thought about not putting the backup drive next to the laptop! I shall have to dismantle my entire workspace to move it. Library Thing really works for me, the way it’s set up suits the way I think. I looked at Shelfari and it didn’t “gel” at all. I don’t even mind that I have to enter so many books manually, because they are too old to have ISBN numbers.

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  7. That’s why I decided on Library Thing, to have a list for insurance in case of any major disaster, one that’s not stored in my house!

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  8. I’m with you about the blogging! It can take up oodles of time if you do it right. I love it so much that I can’t help letting it. 🙂

    I’m glad the other sites exist, if only to provide comparison to what they have versus what LT has. Sometimes the ‘competition’ only serves to make the original look better. 😉

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  9. I have one laptop stolen and one crash and die in the past year and so have made sure that all my bookmarks and catalogues are in cyber space. I Also have a standalone backup drive that I keep in a separate locked cupboard at night

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