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LibraryThing in realtime

Check out this page where you can see the books being added to LibraryThing, greatest online library service on the web (where else, right?), in realtime.

As Tim Spalding puts it in his posting LibraryHypnotismThing:

I find it hypnotic, both fascinating and will-depleting at the same time.

And he’s right! I should be soundly asleep by now, but I just can’t stop staring!

I’m visible

In 1984, Orwell elaborately worked on the notion that in the future an entity comparable to a government would be in total control of people, in the course of which luxuries like privacy would be gone forever.

Neil Postman later postulated that Orwell’s vision had become reality, with the difference that there really wasn’t a need for a government to take over control. We’d simply handed it over, in exchange for entertainment and a swell life.

In an attempt to show how right Postman was, I’ve added a few new items to my sidebar. One of them is a link to an online library showcasing the books I own. If you like stealing books, but don’t care about reading blurbs while doing so, I’ve just made your job a whole lot easier. You could of course also use it to check if I already own the book you’re about to give me as a birthday present. All in all, a nice little tool to avoid embarrassment (and quite probably a lengthy prison term).

The second item is something I’ve creatively labeled “On Rotation”. It’s three of the albums I’m currently listening to or have listened to in the last few days/weeks. You could of course just go to my Last.fm page, and see it in real-time, but that would take away my justification for adding nice cover-art to my otherwise bland website.

So, have fun invading my privacy.

LibraryThing update

Good news. I’ve been sponsored with a one-year account for LibraryThing, so now I can start to test this service to my heart’s content. First off, here’s my collection of books in LibraryThing.

Secondly, there are a few inaccuracies from my last post I should clear up. LibraryThing does of course support adding books via ISBN and its various cousins. I just overlooked that. And, something I found out today, LibraryThing lets you add covers to the various books yourself. Which is really quite useful if you’re adding books long out of print or just not in any database with the correct cover. You’ll notice that I’ve managed to turn my catalogue into a “blank-free” zone. I know, it’s not crucial, but if I choose to have a visual representation of my collection, I may as well have it with all the right covers.

Right, I’ll keep adding books to my database, and am really looking forward to the social experience of it all. Who knows, maybe some people out there have an equally eclectic mix?

Bibliophil and LibraryThing

I stumbled across two sites yesterday which do exactly what I have been looking for for a long time: they let you enter the books you own into a database. Don’t ask me why I want to do that, I just think it’s nice to have lists of everything. So there.

seems to lean a bit more toward the social software side, bibliophil on the other hand seems more robust. Another big difference is that LibraryThing is only free for the first 200 books. Afterwards you either pay 10$ per year, or 25$ per life. Considering that it’s still in Beta, I wouldn’t be willing to bet on them being here in 2 1/2 years.

I spent the better part of yesterday entering ISBN numbers into bibliophil.org, but since they let you export your database in an Excel CVS file, and since LibraryThing then lets you import that very file, I’ve now got my collection in both of the services. And right now there are only about 180 books in there, so I’ll still have some time left to decide on what service I’ll be using in the future.

Oh yeah, here’s the link to my list on bibliophil.org (no clean links, they really should change that!)

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