Friday, March 26, 2010

Library Thing

Stumped for ideas on what to blog about, I turned to my good friend Google. I typed in the ever so specific phrase: "Library Things" and was pleasantly surprised to find a very neat website called Library Thing ( Library Thing is an online social cataloging application that allows users to store and share their own book collections and lists. Library Thing claims to be an "easy, library-quality catalog" that "connects you to people who read what you do". The biggest feature of Library Thing is the automatic cataloging of books by importing data from several booksellers like Amazon and around 680 libraries including the Library of Congress and Library and Archives Canada. Another cool feature is the "Suggester" tool, which will recommend similar books to those in your catalog. There is also the "Unsuggester" feature which will list books that are least likely to share a catalog with the book you suggest. Basically, Unseggester will tell you the complete opposite of the book entered...which is actually quite amusing. When I chose Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, for example, the Unssuggster came back with, among others, The Foundation Trilogy: Three Classics of Science Fiction by Isaac Asimov. Library Thing is a fun website for book lovers and I would encourage you all to check it out!

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