Why I love LibraryThing

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Why I love LibraryThing

  1. 1. Would you like a really great website to list and catalog your collection of books? For free!
  2. 2. *** You can enter 200 books for free, as many as you like for $10 (year) or $25 (life)
  3. 3. Would you like to network with other people with similar reading interests? Even authors!
  4. 4. And . . . my favorite! Get review copies of new books? For free!
  5. 5. If you answered “yes” to all or any of these questions then you need http://LibraryThing.com/
  6. 6. Register on the website . . . it's free Enter your books by: author, title, or ISBN AND
  7. 7. There it is! Your list of books complete with thumbnail pictures of the covers.
  8. 8. Click on one of the titles to find out who else has it in their library and how they rate it. Click on one of the tabs at the top of your list: author, title, etc. to sort your list by that tab.
  9. 9. Then try out the tabs at the top of the home page: Home Profile Your Library Tags Add books Talk Groups Local Search Zeitgeist Tools Most of them are self explanatory. But some are special.
  10. 10. Talk leads you to forum discussions of titles and issues. Groups is a list of more book groups than I could imagine. Local gives you the opportunity to advertise local events. Search allows you to search for particular titles, authors, libraries. Zeitgeist explains the LibraryThing “ethos”. AND my personal favorite: Tools leads you to . . .
  11. 11. : Things You Can Do to connect LibraryThing to your cellphone, your blog and other aspects of your electronic life. Stuff to buy including t-shirts, mugs and your very own barcode scanner. AND, saving dessert for last:
  12. 12. free books for Early Reviewers. Publishers send free books to LibraryThing to distribute to its members for review. One caveat: There are a lot of LibraryThing members(600,000) and not that many books so you have to volunteer early.
  13. 13. So. . . the bottom line: LibraryThing is a fun, useful, intuitive website which I recommend for everyone. This slide show was prepared as a part of a class Geeks Bearing Gifts presented by NNLM. MMichener

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