LibraryThing vs. Visual Bookshelf

Posted on September 25, 2007. Filed under: comparing apps, Facebook, LibraryThing, My Musings, Visual Bookshelf |

Back in April I gushed about a new social networking site I had stumbled upon – LibraryThing (see Gen-Twitter Malaise: Salvation through LibraryThing?).

I am not going to give a bullet point breakdown of all the awesome features LibraryThing offers (I was going to but decided that was a little insane). Here are the major selling points for me that influenced my original membership:

– LibraryThing gives readers the rare opportunity to browse through their favorite (participating) authors catalogs.

– Schools can integrate LibraryThing’s social data into their catalog using LibraryThing for Libraries. LTFL lets you add tag-based browsing, book recommendations, ratings, reviews and more to your OPAC, by integrating with LibraryThing and its high-quality book data.

– LibraryThing is a full-powered cataloging application, searching the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 80 world libraries (including Barnes & Nobles, Bookfinder, Booksense, Worldcat, Abebooks, etc.) Basically if there is a book you want to find, it’s there. No joke.

– Users can create a LibraryThing widget to display new books or featured books on their blogs, webpages, and other social networking sites.

– LibraryThing Early Reviewers (“LTER”) gives LibraryThing members the chance to read and review advanced copies of upcoming books from select publishers, in exchange for reviews.

– You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone.


Ok! That all sounds great, right? Everything a bibliophile could ask for. So how do I, someone who reads 1-3 books a week, feel about LibraryThing five months later?


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Calling all Bibliophile Web Producers: What’s in Your Library?

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Cross-Platform producer networking, LibraryThing, share your libraries |

If you are a book lover who is also part of the tribe that contributes to cross-platform content via your website/blog/vlog/day job/research/reviews/creative schemes:

Let’s connect on LibraryThing! 🙂

Join the newly formed Cross-Platform Producers Lair, an open community with an emphasis on book sharing/collection and a place to develop professional and personal relationships with those who are passionate about all things related to cross-platform content.


* Suggest cool titles

* Discuss industry topics

* Give/receive feedback on Beta projects

* Contribute ideas and resources to group-developed pro social projects

* Get to know your fellow cross-platform tribe members

* Let me rifle through your book collection (and vice versa)

See you there!

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Gen-Twitter Malaise: Salvation through LibraryThing?

Posted on April 24, 2007. Filed under: Business 2.0, LibraryThing, social networking sites |

I rarely get excited about social networking sites anymore. Call it a hazard of working in the digital realm – overloads the senses with 2.0 detritus and quickly removes the novelty of the ever growing twitteration of my generation. “Always On” holds no real appeal to me anymore. Lately, it all feels like to much of a competition on how “connected” we are.

twitterdude1: I’m at x conference and I know more than you could dream about x product

me: i give a ****

Lately I have been suffering from digital misanthropy and here’s why: (more…)

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