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So, yeah, we all knew it was gonna happen. 
5th-Aug-2006 12:57 pm
I am, in fact, playing with LibraryThing.

It is a terribly shiny toy.

The only problem I'm having is in trying to get the search feature to cough up the correct edition of a given book (as, for example, oh, say, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) without having to get up, find the book, and enter the ISBN.

(There's a metric to measure my total dingbat geekiness by. I'm not quite geeky enough to include ISBN numbers in my own private catalogue, but I am geeky enough that I insist on making LibraryThing catalogue the CORRECT edition of a given book.)

I am currently quailing before the morass of results I'm going to get for The Book of Three.


Ah well. It's not worth eating unless it's bigger than my head.*

*--E. Bear
5th-Aug-2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Ack, I had this problem too - but after you pick an ISBN - you can go to your library and click the cover - then click *social info* and there will be a list of *other* ISBN versions and you can change it. Worst case, for some SFBC editions I had - I could at least get the right cover... (under *social info* - one of the options is *change cover*)

Even though my Varley books came up on the correct ISBN, I think they use the cover of whatever is on Amazon at the time for that book.

I couldn't FIND an ISBN on my SFBC Guy Gavriel Kay Fionavar books though.
5th-Aug-2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
I couldn't figure it out from the LibraryThing website-- Does it allow you to save your catalog offline, too? It looks very tempting, but I wouldn't want anything that I couldn't backup myself and keep a copy of at home.
5th-Aug-2006 10:56 pm (UTC) - yep
Yes, you can both import in bulk, and export everything to a tab-delimited text or CSV file. Handy, useful, and well designed!

it's under the tab marked "Joy" which gets you to the "extras" page; a Firefox extension, a dashboard widget for Macs, etc. and so on.

5th-Aug-2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Isn't it marvelous?
wonderful shiny library toy.

And the guy who whomped it together one weekend almost a year ago has gone ahead and learned about MARC record cataloging, just because he could, the dearling geek.

6th-Aug-2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
Damn it, I did NOT need another way to procrastinate.

::shakes fist weakly::
7th-Aug-2006 03:57 am (UTC)
::evil laugh::
7th-Aug-2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
You will never, ever have to struggle to find a way to cat-vaccum now.

There will always be books that need cataloguing.
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