You have 4, 5-shelve bookshelves full of books on subjects that interest you and tghat you often write about on your blog, in one fashion or another, but can sharing what’s in your collection, in an organized way, with a wider audience, bring social media benefits to you?
I think so. LibraryThing joins Goodreads on my list of book sites to consider in this regard.
LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers; a community of people, world-wide, with shared interests, who work together, via the detailed info they provide on their books, to catalog their collections, and share information.
There are member forums and an Early Reviewers program.
LibraryThing gets its book data from Amazon.com and over 700 libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress. That number of resources, alone, boggled my mind.
Being in charge of how you create your catalog means you can make it as simple or as complex as you wish. You will learn a lot about the books you enter and will discover who else on the site has the same book, or a different edition as well as be able to read member reviews, and provide your own.
There are 1,600,000 users and 80 million books in the system and the forum and its many groups is a way to connect with people who may, if they like your catalog, find your blog of interest as well.
As a social networking tool for finding bookstores and events in your backyard the site offers ways to find them, as well as libraries and book festivals, and see who else likes those things.
To get the most out of being a member, though, a paid membership is the way to go.
A free membership allows you to catalog only 200 books, while there is no limit on the library size for a paid account.
There are 2 paid accounts to choose from:
Yearly membership you can choose to pay anywhere from $1 to $25 ($10 is typical).
Lifetime membership you can choose to pay anywhere from $19 to $55 ($25 being typical).
I took the time to enter all of my cat books and the sheer amount of information may a bit overwhelming but, nonetheless, fascinating and fun..
This post is just a barebones introduction. I will have more to say as I get more involved in the site and add more of my collection.
Meanwhile, take a look at my profile and my library….
Main site = http://www.librarything.com