Tuesday, January 29, 2008
BTT: Online Book-Cataloguing Sites
(From 13 December 2007): Do you use any of the online book-cataloguing sites, like Library Thing or Shelfari? Why or why not? If not an online catalog, do you use any other method to catalog your book collection? Excel spreadsheets, index cards, a notebook, anything?
I love making lists and being organised so combining that with my love of books means that book-cataloguing sites are often frequented by me :) I joined up with LibraryThing first and it remains my favourite site for cataloging my books. It has a well-designed layout and it's so easy to navigate around and edit my books with tags, ratings, reviews etc. When I buy a new book I can't wait to catalogue it, tag it and find the correct cover. A sure sign that I'm impressed with the site can be seen by the fact that I paid for lifetime membership - I NEVER usually do that sort of thing with websites!
I tried Shelfari for a little while but didn't find it as easy to use. It wasn't able to import all of my books from LibraryThing and it didn't have covers available for an awful lot of my books. I liked some aspects of the site, but ultimately I preferred LibraryThing, so I deleted my account.
I signed up with Goodreads last week and it remains to be seen whether or not I'll stick with it. Goodreads also wasn't able to import all of my books from LibraryThing so at some stage I'm going to have to go through them all and see what's missing and then add them manually. I'm happy to see that finding the correct cover is easier here than it was on Shelfari. I like the ability to add quotes to one's profile, but I'm having trouble adjusting to parts of the layout, such as the font (there seems to be quite a few different fonts and font sizes used, which makes it a little tough on the eyes).
I like the community aspect of all three sites. There are discussion groups for just about anything, and while I don't usually make a habit of posting in them, I like to read what everyone else is saying. I also find the reviews invaluable.
And as if all that isn't enough, I also have an Excel spreadsheet cataloging my books. Along with the name and author, I also have fields for the genre, ISBN, year of original publication, year my edition was published, number of pages, and whether the book has been read or remains unread. These details come in handy when I'm doing book reviews. The spreadsheet isn't actually complete yet, but it's almost there!