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For the book lover in you!
Member Name: Loopylooploo
Advantages: Brilliant idea. Flexible, easy to use, very comprehensive
Disadvantages: Occasionally slow due to heavy use.
This site is so me! My world is my books. I love to buy them, to read them, to collect them, to smell them, and yes, to catalogue them.
Cataloguing is what librarything.com does and allows you to input all of your collection online, where it is obviously available anywhere, anytime. You can keep your collection as either public or private, which means you do or don't let people see your 'library'. Moreover, you can add as many books as you like - bearing in mind that after 200 you must pay a fee. I paid (after the exchange rate) in 2007, £12.00 for a lifetime membership.
Details of the books are retrieved from numerous sources, though largely places like Amazon, and it is very simply to use. For example, you enter an ISBN and the program searches, retrieves and downloads the information straight to your 'library'. You can add tags, key characters, key places, and ratings, which can be shared across the service. You can even upload your book covers should the one downloaded not be the correct one. In addition, the details of the books contain recommendations for further reading. I have found this to be particularly helpful and have come across several - mainly American - authors I has never heard of through this website.
In your profile, you can add your favourite genres, authors, libraries, other interesting locations as well as accept comments from other readers. You are also able to join discussion groups. Essentially, you can interact with like-minded people and share views on books and your collection.
The layout is very attractive and is not overburdened with colour. If there is anything to be mindful of is that it has "a community of over 600,000 book lovers" (Librarything.com). This, at times, can effect the speed and delivery of the site. A minor glitch, though.
I love this site and I cannot recommend it enough. I would even go so far as to recommend to libraries and societies to get their information on it in order to access all these readers.
Summary: An online cataloguing system for everyone's enjoyment