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LibraryThing! - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
September 18th, 2005
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LibraryThing!
Now here's a use for social cataloging and categorizing ("folksonomies") that really interests me.

http://www.librarything.com/

Tagging, browsing other people's lists, commenting and reviewing, are all fun themselves, but as a bonus, you get to finally catalog your own library without too much typing work.

I'm 'ijon' there. And I've only been adding sporadically so far. I'm still thinking of the sort of system I'd adopt to tackle cataloging my entire library.

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From:guygrobler
Date:September 18th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
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nice!
ive started my own (user name: grolberg), though my list is not going to be that long... im not much of a book worm anymore :(

i wonder what gains does amazon stand to get from this? and how much are they involved in its finance.
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From:guygrobler
Date:September 18th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
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small correction, user name: groblerg [not grolberg]
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From:gaal
Date:September 18th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
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LibraryThing was designed and implemented by Tim Spalding, a web developer, web publisher and search-engine optimizer based in Portland, Maine.

FAQ

Search-engine optimizer? Isn't that Netically Correct for "Spammer"?
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From:ayun
Date:September 18th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
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I actually used to work with Tim - he's a decent guy, definitely not working for the forces of darkness.
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From:gaal
Date:September 19th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
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Good to hear. But what do you think he meant then?
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From:ukelele
Date:September 18th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
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And here my first thought is "Only 200 books for free? What good is that?"
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From:kakapo
Date:September 19th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
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Oh, this is very nice and useful enough (so three hours of entering books can not be considered as procrastinating... or can they?)

Can one enter Hebrew books?


Am there, of course. Under the name of Kakapo. Of course.
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From:ijon
Date:September 19th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)
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Tim, the guy who runs it, seems to be under some pressure now, and the delicacy of right-to-left catalogs etc. is something that might give him cardiac arrhythmia, so I'm saving my huge feature request for a few weeks.
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