Gardening Group at LibraryThing

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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.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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Kathy Purdy October 25, 2006, 11:11 am

No, Bill: always check on eBay before you throw anything out. You don’t need to save it if you can sell it.

bill October 25, 2006, 11:07 am

Damn. I just threw out my cuecats, assuming they were worthless. It just goes to show, as soon as you throw away something you will need it. Save everything!

Kathy Purdy October 24, 2006, 5:23 pm

I see both Craig and OldRoses in the group, but still don’t see Sally.

Craig Levy October 24, 2006, 4:13 pm

Well I’m in also! This is too tempting, combining two of my favorite loves, gardening and books.

Kathy Purdy October 21, 2006, 3:46 pm

Sally, now that you’re in LibraryThing, join the Gardening group. There’s a tab towards the upper left that says “Groups.” Click on that and find the Gardening group.

Sally October 20, 2006, 9:15 pm

I’ve joined LibraryThing. Kathy, I’ve been lurking for some time, and I so enjoy your photos, writing and garden expertise!

Kathy Purdy October 20, 2006, 6:55 pm

Sally, if it were me I’d let the weather make up my mind.

Carol, I see you did indeed join. Some other LibraryThing members have found the group as well. Anyone else?

Sally October 20, 2006, 4:10 pm

Thank you so much for telling us about LibraryThing. I have found most of my favorite gardening books from your “Book Shelf”

Now I need to decide if I’m going to plant bulbs or enter books in LibraryThing this weekend šŸ™‚


Carol October 20, 2006, 4:08 pm

I’m going right over there to check it out. I’m in. I love gardening books.