A newer application that is related to libraries and book lovers is called ‘Library Thing’.
Library Thing is a social networking site which allows one to keep track of one’s personal book collection. Use it to clue the literate community in on your old favorites, titles you’ve recently purchased, stuff in your reading queue, and ones you’ve gotten underway. It is also a way to find kindred readers with similar tastes in reading.
To join, simply go to www.librarything.com and by “Not a member?” click on “Join now”. Library Thing will ask you to create a user name and password. Jot it down in some manner so you’ll have it for the future, and you’re in!
To add a book onto your ‘Library’, click the tab “Add Books”. Write in the title for the book you’re interested in, and click “Search”. A results list, populated by amazon.com, is displayed. Just choose the edition of the book that you prefer and it will be added onto your Library list. Do it a good half-dozen times to find a few of your favorite tomes.
Next, having populated “Your Library”, you can customize the display format for your list, or work with an individual book title by clicking its title box. Once in this title record, just click on “Edit Book”. Here, you can give an individual book a rating and a review, change a book cover, enter in the dates you started and finished reading it, type in the date you acquired it, and add Tags to describe it.
And in closing, a fun, simple thing to do is to place a “chicklet” in one’s blog that leads to one’s Library Thing webpage. You can specify each book with identifying Tags, like “recently purchased”, “plan to read”, and “currently reading” that will feed titles into your blog as well.