I knew LibraryThing existed, but had never checked into it until last week. (Have you seen it? Do you use it?) It’s a catalog your books online site, and it’s heaven for book-lovers. The site explains:
Enter what you’re reading or your whole library — it’s an easy, library-quality catalog. LibraryThing also connects you with people who read the same things. (…)
- Meet the world’s largest book club. Find people with eerily similar tastes.
- Catalog with Amazon, the Library of Congress or 82 other world libraries. Import from anywhere.
- Get recommendations. Tag your books and explore others’ tags.
Well. It’s amazing, and completely addictive. (Wonder where I’ve been for the last week? LibraryThing.)
It’s really fun once you’ve input a few hundred of your books. Then you’ll love exploring the "members with your books" list, and finding the fifty libraries most similar to your own. Or say you have a favourite — but very obscure — book. When you find that two other LibraryThing members own that same book, and that you can prowl through their collections… well. It’s a great way to find other books of interest.
Go try it out and let me know what you think. The hassle-free sign-up procedure only asks you to come up with a username and password, so you can go play right away.