Booking Through Thursday Meme

Booking Through Thursday Meme

This week’s topic: Catalog

Do you use any of the online book-cataloguing sites, like Library Thing or Shelfari? Why or why not? (Or . . . do you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking to?? (grin))

If not an online catalog, do you use any other method to catalog your book collection? Excel spreadsheets, index cards, a notebook, anything?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

I haven’t played in the last couple of weeks, but this week’s question is right up my alley. I actually looked at this and agonized over this very subject for a long time. I catalogued our DVD collection a while back, but I used some free software that I downloaded and did it all on my local PC. I was considering doing the same with my books. I know several bloggers who use both LibraryThing and Shelfari, and was having a really hard time deciding whether to try one of those or do it locally on my hard drive. That solution was provided by a dear friend who gifted me with a one year subscription to LibraryThing. I set it all up and entered all of my books, and I love it! I have been keeping it up to date and plan to continue my subscription next year. I love that they have a widget that I can use on the side of my blog to show random books from my library. I love how easy it is to use – simply enter the ISBN number from the back of the book and bam, it’s added to your library. The only downfall that I’ve found so far is that it is online – I don’t have this info in my PDA to have with me. I have to rely on my memory (oh, the horror!) to remember if I already own a book when I’m browsing in a bookstore. Thankfully, I do the majority of my book purchasing online, so I can easily flip over to LibraryThing to see what I have by that author, in that series, etc. I really like LibraryThing. Great question!

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  1. When I found Library Thing last year, I went ahead and purchased the life-time subscription. Figured it would get used. I don’t have all my books listed. That would take an eternity!! But I’m getting there…gradually!!

    Happy Thursday! (love the Winter look to your blog!)

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  2. I use a program called Book Bag Plus. It’s on my computer and also on my PDA. I forget how much it cost – maybe $20 or so, but it’s worth it. I can find books by title, by author, by my rating of the book, date read, series. I can mark books as read or owned or wanted. And when I go into a bookstore, I have my wish list right there on the PDA.

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  3. I have a pretty new account with Library Thing, and I like them — but my main one is on http://www.bibliophil.org I started that one about 2 years ago or so and even though I am not up-to-date, it is a great place for us book-loving, list-makers! lol

    Sherry

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  4. I don’t use any of those things. I don’t know why but they just don’t appeal to me. It musts be nice to be so organized though!!!

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  5. I love Shelfari! Mainly I use it to keep track of books I want to read, and my current reading list for my blog. I don’t use it to connect with anyone though. Interesting ?

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  6. I use Library Thing and mainly because it helps me list my books on my blog too.

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  7. No, I don’t use them. I’m really not familiar with them.

    What I do use is goodreads.com, just to track what I’ve read for the year.

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  8. We were all catalogued, sorta, til we can’t get to it on computer anymore…it was on the old one!

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