Library Thing

LibraryThing is an online library catalog where you enter what you’re reading, and others do the same, and this makes it easy for you to find people who have similar interests and tastes as yours. Read the description from the LibraryThing Web site below:

What is LibraryThing?

LibraryThing is a site for book lovers.

LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of your books. You can do all of them or just what you’re reading now.

And because everyone catalogs online, they also catalog together. LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.

How to Sign-Up

LibraryThing is VERY easy to join.

All you need to do is enter a user name and a password, and you’re done.

What’s on your Bookshelf?

Adding books to your catalog is also easy.

Just enter some words from the title, the author or an ISBN.

You don’t have to type everything in. LibraryThing gets all the right data from and over 680 libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress.

Just click on the book to add it to your catalog.

Master of your Domain

Your catalog shows all the books you’ve entered. You can look at your catalog in either “list” or “cover” view.

You can search your books, sort your books, edit book information, and apply “tags.”

You can rate your books and write reviews.

Truth about Books

LibraryThing knows a lot about books.

The book information page gives you library-quality data.

It’s also full of social information. Each book page shows you who has the book and what they think about it—tags, reviews, even conversations.

LibraryThing knows how books connect, providing some of the best recommendations on the web.

LibraryThing cares about books, not about SELLING books.

Your Profile

Your profile connects you to everyone else on LibraryThing. If you want, you can tell people all about yourself and your library. (Or, you can keep it completely private.)

Your profile connects you to people who share your books. With over 406,000 users and 26 million books in the system, you’ll find some “eerily similar” libraries.

Groups and Talk

You can create and join groups on LibraryThing. You can make a group for a club, a place, or even a private group for just your friends.

You can talk in the group forum, search all group members’ libraries at once, or check out the Group Zeitgeist to spot shared books.

With Talk, the forum system, you can see the conversations happening in all groups, or just your groups. You can also find just the topics that mention your books.


LibraryThing Local is a gateway to thousands of local bookstores, libraries and book festivals—and to all the author readings, signings, discussions and other events they host.

You can keep track of interesting events in your area, show off your favorite bookstores and libraries, and see who else loves the same places you do.

I haven’t set up my profile yet but have plans to try it out. Seems useful both to the casual reader and even the writer who may be seeking other writers with similar interests.

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5 thoughts on “Library Thing”

  1. Wow that’s pretty cool. I’ll have to check that out. I bet it’s also a great way of keeping up with the books you’ve already read. I haven’t been reading as much lately — mainly because I’m keeping up with a 5-month old little boy.

  2. I much prefer

    It’s the same thing, except that there’s no fees attached. I’ve been there for a couple months and I am rather pleased. Then again, I only review books. I don’t actually participate in any of the groups or forums. Well, it’s another option, anyway.

  3. Tanzanite — This was the first I had heard of it. Do you know how long it has been around?

    Clint — Unfortunately I haven’t been able to read as much lately either due to my busy schedule. It’s also kept from posting as much to my site as I would

    Grimalkin — Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll definitely check that one out as well.

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