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LibraryThing

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LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.

What software does it require?
None. If you can read this, you can use LibraryThing.

What does it cost?
A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. A paid account allows you to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime. (See here for organizational accounts.) I conservatively predict the revenue will enable me to recline all day on an enormous pile of gold.

What information do I need to give up?
None. Setting up an account requires only a user name and a password. You can also edit your profile to make yours a "private" account. With a private account, nobody else can see what books you have.

What else does LibraryThing do?
LibraryThing is a full-powered cataloging application, searching the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 80 world libraries. You can edit your information, search and sort it, "tag" books with your own subjects, or use the Library of Congress and Dewey systems to organize your collection.

If you want it, LibraryThing is also an amazing social space, often described as "MySpace for books" or "Facebook for books." You can check out other people's libraries, see who has the most similar library to yours, swap reading suggestions and so forth. LibraryThing also makes book recommendations based on the collective intelligence of the other libraries.

Who is behind LibraryThing?
LibraryThing was created by Tim Spalding, a web developer and web publisher based in Portland, Maine. Tim also runs www.isidore-of-seville.com and www.ancientlibrary.com. Since becoming a "real" business in May 2006, LibraryThing now employs a number of talented people. More about the rest of the team on the Press info page.

Where does LibraryThing get its information?
LibraryThing uses Amazon, BookDepository and libraries that provide open access to their collections with the Z39.50 protocol. The protocol is used by a variety of desktop programs, notably bibliographic software like EndNote. LibraryThing appears to be the first mainstream web use.

We also use uClassify, and Yusuke Kamiyamane's icons.

How can authors use LibraryThing?
Important: Tips and guidelines for authors on LibraryThing.

Every author automatically has an "author page" on LibraryThing—it's generated by the system as soon as someone adds a book written by you to their library. But anyone (including you) can add information, photos, and links to that page. Spruce it up!

LibraryThing is also a great place for authors to connect on a personal level with their readers. If you're also a LibraryThing member, then become an official LibraryThing Author, and showcase some of your personal books for interested readers.

Sign up to participate in an Author Chat.

Use LibraryThing Local to your advantage. Add readings and upcoming talks to the "Events" section on your author page, so readers know where to find you.

Convince your publisher to participate in our Early Reviewers program, distributing advance copies of your new book to LibraryThing members in exchange for reviews. Or skip the middle man and give away copies of your books yourself, through the Member Giveaways program!

How can libraries use LibraryThing?
Fully integrate LibraryThing's social data into your catalog using LibraryThing for Libraries. LTFL lets you add tag-based browsing, book recommendations, ratings, reviews and more to your OPAC, by integrating with LibraryThing and its high-quality book data.

Use a LibraryThing widget to display new books or featured books on your library's website. You'll have to create a LibraryThing account, and add the books to it. Then use one of our widgets to generate code that you can just copy and paste into your website.

Add your library to LibraryThing Local, then add your upcoming events. This not only lists your library and events on Local on the LibraryThing site, but also makes the information available to all readers in our free iPhone app "Local Books".

Any non-commercial entity can use our APIs, which are full of rich book-related data.

Small organizations and libraries can use LibraryThing as a catalog for their collection.

Want to provide data to LibraryThing? If your catalog has an open Z39.50 connection email Casey (caseylibrarything.com) for details.

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