Today’s Tuesday Thingers question, courtesy of The Boston Bibliophile, is:
Why did you choose to open and maintain an LT account? Do you/did you use other online cataloging/social networking sites, like GoodReads or Shelfari? Do you use more than one? Are they different or do they serve different purposes?
Well, I don’t feel ashamed to admit this (because clearly I am surrounded by book obsessed people like myself). I began cataloging my library about a year or so ago. I used Microsoft Excel, and had categories for: title, author, genre, series, location, paperback/hardcover, new/used, etc…. My main reason is that I had just discovered library sales, and book festivals (how did I not know about these before?), and I didn’t want to be buying the same book twice. Lol, I printed it out and it was over ten pages or so, but I stapled them together and carried them in my purse, and would pull them out when I was thinking about grabbing a book. And it did help! Then I thought, hmm I think I’ll add a category for ISBNs. (Why? I’m not sure… I guess just because I’m a geek and wanted to be thorough) Copying those numbers down though was a pain! It was actually my dad who discovered LT through some newspaper ad. I checked it out, loaded my 200 books on, and decided that this was perfect. I got a lifetime account, and then a scanner when I realized doing them all individually would take forever!
Now I’m obsessed with LT. Through it I’ve met a lot of great people, and once I discovered the ER program– free books. From there I heard if you start a book blog, you could get more free books. So Kathleeen’s Book Reviews was born! I haven’t checked out Goodreads or Shelfari, right now I spend more time than I should on LT 🙂
How about you? (I’ll be out of town for the next couple days, with *gasp* no internet access, so I won’t be able to check out everyone else’s posts until then!)
Missed my last post? It was REVIEW: “SONGS FOR THE MISSING” BY STEWART O’NAN.