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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Wed February 6th, 2013, 12:31 am

"Helen_Davis" wrote:OOP=out of print?


That would be it.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Helen_Davis
Compulsive Reader

Postby Helen_Davis » Wed February 6th, 2013, 4:19 am

"Misfit" wrote:That would be it.


Good way to go!
http://evaperonnovel.wordpress.com


"The first time a book has gotten us close to Evita, in all her misery and all her splendor."
Excerpt from the Spanish summary of my novel

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sweetpotatoboy
Bibliophile
Location: London, UK

Postby sweetpotatoboy » Fri February 8th, 2013, 12:21 pm

Just a further comment on the Librarything vs. Goodreads discussion.
It's occurred to me that each of the two sites has a different focus, which is reflected in their respective names and functional strengths.

LibraryThing is more focused on users cataloguing their actual libraries, ie. the books they own. (You can create folders or tags to denote books you've read but don't own, but that is more a secondary development.) Of course, all the ratings, reviews and discussions that flow from that are part of the site as well, but it's structured around the books you have in your library and the functionality of adding book details, editions, covers and so on is very strong.

Goodreads is more focused on the books that users have read or plan to read. You can add a note to say whether you own the book or not, but that's not the main structural feature. I find it a lot harder to find or add the exact edition of a book I have and its cover and other aspects. But the discussion and groups are a lot stronger.

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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Toymaker by Robert Dinsdale & Angel by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Fri February 8th, 2013, 12:35 pm

I prefer LT, I quite like the quizzes and some of the features on GR, although I got a bit huffy yesterday looking at one of their polls, which was Best Books of the 20th Century. There were several comments asking why there weren't any books by the likes of Dickens, Austen etc in that poll.....! Having said that, the only thing I'm not keen on about LT is that I don't find the forums particularly user friendly; so in that respect GR is easier, but for listing books I prefer LT, although I don't want to list my books again on another site. But GR is fun to dip in and out of from time to time.
Currently reading "The Toymaker" by Robert Dinsdale & "Angel" by L J Ross

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Mythica
Bibliophile
Preferred HF: European and American (mostly pre-20th century)
Location: Colorado
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Postby Mythica » Fri February 8th, 2013, 3:23 pm

"sweetpotatoboy" wrote:Just a further comment on the Librarything vs. Goodreads discussion.
It's occurred to me that each of the two sites has a different focus, which is reflected in their respective names and functional strengths.

LibraryThing is more focused on users cataloguing their actual libraries, ie. the books they own. (You can create folders or tags to denote books you've read but don't own, but that is more a secondary development.) Of course, all the ratings, reviews and discussions that flow from that are part of the site as well, but it's structured around the books you have in your library and the functionality of adding book details, editions, covers and so on is very strong.

Goodreads is more focused on the books that users have read or plan to read. You can add a note to say whether you own the book or not, but that's not the main structural feature. I find it a lot harder to find or add the exact edition of a book I have and its cover and other aspects. But the discussion and groups are a lot stronger.


I don't have trouble added editions onto Goodreads but I am a librarian there, which makes adding easier. GR's goal is to include all known editions and covers of a book.

There's also more options for books you own than to just add a note. There's an option in the advanced options of your review to tick a box for "I own this copy". Then under your shelves you can click "books I own" to see all your owned books. This feature was more for the book swap which has now been retired but the "own" feature still functions for personal use. And of course you can add a custom shelf (tag) for books you own.

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Helen_Davis
Compulsive Reader

Postby Helen_Davis » Sun February 10th, 2013, 3:09 pm

I had some problems on GR. Some people I ran into(not all) seemed to think it was a lot more important than it really is. It's just one of so many sites for readers! Also, I'm not familiar with LT. What is it?
http://evaperonnovel.wordpress.com





"The first time a book has gotten us close to Evita, in all her misery and all her splendor."

Excerpt from the Spanish summary of my novel

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Madeleine
Bibliomaniac
Currently reading: The Toymaker by Robert Dinsdale & Angel by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Sun February 10th, 2013, 3:47 pm

Library Thing is a book cataloguing site - you can list books, group them by genre, log when you read them, rate and review them, and there are discussion groups if you want to join any. You can also friend people like you do on Facebook and send messages to them if you wish.
Currently reading "The Toymaker" by Robert Dinsdale & "Angel" by L J Ross


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