Sunday, January 11, 2009

Library Thing

Last fall I wrote about using an Amazon Widget to track my library of technical books. Well, I just got turned on to Library Thing, which seems to be a FAR better approach to recording and sharing my interest in books. I won't go through all of Library Thing's features here, but in a nutshell it provides a means to "socially catalog" your books, in the same sense that del.icio.us provides for bookmarking. My first pass at entering my library is here. Perhaps the best part is that after I entered these books, I was able to get book recommendations based on the catalogs of others with similar interests, and I can attest that they are amazingly good. In fact, of the top seven recommendations that it gave me, two were books that I already owned but had forgotten to enter. Finally, with the Library Thing blog widget, you can now see random books from my library in the sidebar of my blog.

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