Thursday, January 10, 2008

READERS’ FEEDBACK: LibraryThing & GoodReads

See also: original blog entry: LibraryThing & GoodReads quick comparison

From: Marcy asleson@comcast.net
DearMYRTLE,
Thanks for mentioning Library Thing! I accidentally discovered it before the holidays and could not contain my excitement. I have wanted to enter my books in a database and sort by Dewey decimal numbers for several years. Too much work. I am now in the process of entering ALL my books into Library Thing. I had about 500 books listed in an Access database several years ago; now I'm afraid I have closer to 1000 books. Entry goes so quickly with this program! It has lots of additional interesting information--I even found the publishing date of an old book of poetry I had received from my grandmother 50 years ago--1865! No wonder its pages are yellowed and fragile. -- I appreciate your frequent e-mails!

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From: Karen
DearMYRTLE,

I've been using LibraryThing.com since last April, and am very satisfied. I used to use Readerware.com, but dropped it in favor of Library Thing because LT seemed so much easier to use. For many LT'ers, one of its biggest attractions is the "tagging" feature. I'm glad to get all the "official" library cataloging, but what's really great is the ability to add personalized, searchable tags that record and reflect the way *I* think of my books--so "Mills of Augusta County" for me is about my Jordan family; I'm able to note that I own "Recollections of a Recruit" because a Barton ancestor is listed. You can search, print bibliographies, and customize the display and sort order. I even have LT bookmarked in my cell phone's mobile Web feature, so I can check to see what I already own before I buy it twice (LOL). I doubt if many people actually shelve their books in call number order; again, I think it's more how *you* think of your books, and it would certainly be possible to use the tags to indicate "office," "downstairs," "shelf 2," "vacation home," or whatever. I had never heard of GoodReads.com before your post, so thanks for the pointer. Not my style, I think, but I'm sure others will find it to their liking.

DearKAREN,
I was unaware of Readerware.com offering downloadable programs, all three for $75. I discovered there are several versions including:

  • Readerware® - With Readerware home library management software easily create a book database by scanning the barcode or entering the ISBN. Readerware is the easiest, fastest way to catalog your books. From a few books to thousands, It will automatically catalog your library complete with cover art.
  • ReaderwareAW™ - The easiest, fastest way to catalog your music library and build your music database, not just a CD database but LPs too! ReaderwareAW will automatically catalog your collection complete with full track information and cover art. No need to keep loading CDs into your drive, just enter the UPC or scan the barcode.
  • ReaderwareVW™ - The easiest, fastest way to catalog your video library and build your video database. ReaderwareVW will automatically catalog your collection, complete with full credits and cover art. ReaderwareVW is not just a DVD database but supports video tapes and LaserDiscs as well.

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From: Lisa
genealogygemspodcast@gmail.com
DearMYRTLE,
I have not formally indexed my books. I just group them by subject on my bookshelf. I loved your article and plan on looking into the options you suggest. It gets me to thinking about promoting this within my own genealogy society, as these are folks that it would be easy to swap with.

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From: Renee
zamora05@hotmail.com
DearMYRTLE,
I have also been interested in this subject. Here are some of my brain-storming notes.:

  1. DabbleDV - http://www.dabbledb.com - instructions on http://taneyagenealogy.wordpress.com/2007/10/27/using-dabbledb-to-keep-track-of-sources/ - interesting concept and could be applied to organizing your books, but a lot of work.
  2. LibraryThing.com- good possibility.
  3. Shelfari - need to check into more
  4. Google Books - MyLibrary - started using this one - it's free and simple to use. I am leaning more and more towards Google apps. Would love to add it to my Google homepage but I have figured out how or even if I can yet.

DearRENEE,
I checked Google Books – MyLibrary and discovered one must manually type in the ISBN numbers, which means looking them up elsewhere (Amazon.com) or actually pulling the books off of one’s shelf. If we need to go to Amazon.com anyway to look things up, it might be easier to just use LibraryThing or GoodReads. However, Ol' Myrt here particularly likes the idea you have of putting the link on your Google home page.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
www.DearMYRTLE.com

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