I know that LibraryThing is already pretty popular, but seeing as how I’m trying to collect resources here at RearViewMirror, I figured it was appropriate to post this.
I’ve been cataloguing my books at LibraryThing for a few years now. It’s an awesome place to store, track, review and blog your books. To get an account, all you have to do is sign up at their website – it’s free up to the first 200 books. After you explode 200, you have one of two choices: 1) pay $10 a year or 2) pay $25 for a lifetime membership. Why anyone would choose the first option is beyond me.
LibraryThing is great because you can search through your catalogue online. If you’re about to purchase a book in a store, but aren’t sure if you have it already, you can ask to use the internet and check your LibraryThing. It’s also good for insurance purposes; if your library were to burn down, you have a complete record to get them all back.
It is very easy to use. All you have to do is, under the “add book” tab, type in the ISBN or some other piece of bibliographical information, and LibraryThing will search the book for you via 690 libraries across the world including the Library of Congress and Amazon. Once the book appears, you click the link and it adds the book to your account. You can then tag it as “politics” or “cooking” or “history.” Books that are too old to be searched can be added manually.
There is also an online community that compares libraries and brings together people with like book collections. There is a place where you can add friends and write on other people’s message boards.
All in all, LibraryThing is a worthwhile investment, I highly recommend it.