Monday, April 13, 2009

Operative Factors: Library Thing

Have you heard of Library Thing? I was a hardcore Goodreads girl for so long that I had never even heard of Library Thing until I started blogging. I know, I know, tunnel vision. I'm still a BIG fan of Goodreads, but am trying to get started over at Library Thing too.

From what I can tell, Library Thing allows you to add books that you've read to your library. There aren't really any parameters or metrics to see if you own the book or if you've read the book or if you want to read the book, but it seems that most of what I've read points to people listing only what they have actually read.

Here's what the website lists as Library Thing's features:
  • Join the world’s largest book club.
  • Catalog your books from Amazon, the Library of Congress and 690 other world libraries. Import from anywhere.
  • Find people with eerily similar tastes.
  • Find new books to read.
  • Free Early Reviewer books from publishers and authors
  • Enter 200 books for free, as many as you like for $10 (year) or $25 (life).
To me, the downside is that you have to pay for it, when you could keep track on a spreadsheet (or Goodreads) for free. The upside I guess would be that you have the opportunity to network with people who have the same tastes as you.

I was reading over at Trish's blog, Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? and saw that she and Jessica from Both Eyes Book Blog did a debate about what is appropriate to list on Library Thing. Check out the Library Thing debate hosted over at Hey Lady! and be sure to let them know what you think.

What I Heart Monster Wants To Know:
  • Do you have a Library Thing account?
  • Do you like Library Thing?
  • Do you have any special experiences related to networking with Library Thing?
  • Which would you choose, LT, or Goodreads?
  • Anything and everything Library Thing. Sock it to me!

4 comments:

Jayne said...

Just wanted to let you know I'm a member of Library Thing and I love it. In fact, I'm on author's chat this week and also giving away a four of my books.

It's actually free to join though you can pay if you like. However, the membership fee is open.

I'm not a member of Goodreads so I've no information for comparsion but I do like Library Thing

rose said...
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rose said...

The fee is a bit of a downer - I came across another site that offers a similar service to LibraryThing but is completely free; it's called bookarmy.com. Users can make recommendations after uploading what they've read - http://www.bookarmy.com/Books - and the site also makes automated recommendations. It's in its beta phase and is still being developed, but has some really interesting features available already, including loads of book-related videos and forums.

I Heart Monster said...

Thanks Jayne! You should definitely check out Goodreads. There are a lot of authors on there!

rose - Thank you for the link! I'll definitely check out Book Army.