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Sunday, June 25, 2006

I'm a Library Thing

Okay, so after Nels posted the bit on Library Thing just below, I created a free account there and quickly listed 200 of my books. You can view my virtual shelf here.

I'm trying to figure out how useful/entertaining this really is before plunking down $10, which will allow me to list more than 200 books.

5 Comments:

Blogger Nels Nelson said...

http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB115109622468789252-Bi4NTGvCqDjylkFiE9xJzb2LsYA_20070626.html?mod=rss_free

9:13 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

I guess I don't really get it. I have books scattered throughout my condo. Several walls are completely covered with bookshelves and books. I'm not sure I want to spend the time to catalog everything. I know what's there (sort of). Do my books reflect my interests? Sort of. What am I missing here?

4:35 PM  
Blogger Nels Nelson said...

Well, there are two things I find wonderful about librarything, though I've not cataloged my books. First, I love to organize my bookshelves. Author, category...love it. Oh, and this reminds me of a scene from the movie, High Fidelity. Have you seen it? In the scene, Rob (John Cusack) is reorganizing his album collection when his employee/friend, Dick (Todd Louiso), stops by. They begin to discuss how the albums are going to be arranged, and the answer (this is beautiful) is autobiographically. Yes! Anyway, there's that, plus, as mentioned in the articles about the website, whenever I go to someone's house, one of my favorite things to do is scan his bookshelves. Why? Voyeurism, maybe.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

To me that's the real fun of Library Thing: looking at people's bookshelves. And I don't think it's just voyeurism, Nels; you can learn a lot about someone from their bookshelves (or their record collections), I think.

The reccomendations feature (based on your library) seems fairly pedestrian to me -- I'm a pretty slutty book slut, and I'm constantly sharing info with people either in person or online about what might be interesting. Half of the fun is digging around, rather than being handed a list.

As a social site, I get more than enough online social activity already, so that feature scores pretty low with me.

But the listing of your own books and loooking at others' virtual bookshelves ... that's fun. And listing your own books is dangerously easy and addictive. In a total of about an hour, I had listed 200 of my books just off the top of my head.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

I loved High Fidelity (both the novel and the film). I am far more passionate about my music collection, and would actully love to catalog it, but we're talking thousands of entries. I'm far too lazy for that.

I'll guess I'll have to look at a few of the collections posted to judge the overall entertainment value.

12:53 PM  

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