This week's question for the Tuesday Thingers group over at 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?
I really don't remember exactly how I first heard about LibraryThing. And I have to confess that until very recently I didn't even know there was such a thing as online book cataloguing. I was looking for some sort of computer database program to keep track of our book collection, thinking I'd have to buy the software and install it (well, get the hubby to install it), or come up with my own spread-sheet type system.
But around that time, one of the people whose blog I read pretty regularly mentioned the fact that she had a Shelfari membership, so I checked it out and joined up. And I played around with it for a while, but never really did much with it. It felt a little too much like MySpace or Facebook – more of a social networking site than just a place to catalogue my books. Then a little while later, I heard about LibraryThing – probably from some other blogger – and it's been so easy to use, I've just stuck with it.
I believe I still have the account at Shelfari, but I don't think I ever really catalogued anything there. I think Marie's idea of using another site to track the books she's actually reading (and let people know about it) sounds like an interesting idea. I might try that myself.
By the way, I have to thank all those LTers who recommended the CueCat scanner. We finally got ours, and it makes cataloguing go incredibly fast. Of course, it only works on books with barcodes, so anything published before the mid-1980s still has to be keyed in, but I definitely think it was worth the fifteen bucks.