Today’s Tuesday Thingers question is:
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?
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!