If you’re the type of person who pays attention to sidebars, you probably already know that I’m a member of LibraryThing. (Hint: it’s a section called My Bookshelf, and it’s only on the sidebars I thought most appropriate.) Over the summer, LibraryThing started a new aspect to their site called “Groups”, which I didn’t discover until tonight. They have over 500 groups at this point, but as best as I could determine, they didn’t have one to discuss gardening books–until I created it. Won’t you join?
You first have to join LibraryThing, if you’re not already a member, which is basically a website to catalog your books. One commenter called LibraryThing “the myspace of book collecting, but far better of course,” and I guess that’s what it is, for me–but I’m the kind of person who likes to keep records anyway. Adding books is easy, though tedious if you have a lot. I have only catalogued my gardening books, and discovered I have over a hundred! (Bet my family wasn’t surprised.) If you are the type of person who always wants to look over your host’s library when you are a guest, you will enjoy joining a LibraryThing group. You can see at a glance which books are shared by various members, and what other books members are adding.
I actually haven’t really plumbed the possibilities yet. A lot depends on you. Interested?
Update: LibraryThing now can take input from CueCats, one of the least expensive barcode readers in existence. More details here. If the tedium of entering your books was the only thing stopping you from joining LibraryThing, it’s no longer very much of an impediment.