BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report
By the Numbers:
- Book reviews posted in 2009 so far: 28
- Books read for the RYOB 2009 Challenge: 12 (goal is 20)
- Books received for review in 2009, to date: 30
- Books acquired in 2009, to date, from all sources: 97 (!) (Evidently, receiving review copies of books is not having the slightest detrimental effect on my book-purchasing habits!)
- Books in the LibraryThing “To Read” collection: 229 (That number is going in the wrong direction. Oh well!)
Last week I was looking for a quick way to update some tags on Library Thing, so I went to my ‘Your Library’ tab and started looking at the different views. I accidentally clicked on the covers link and viewed all my books simply by their cover. I decided to click on one to add the information I wanted to. . . after adding some tags and hitting the save button, I was AMAZED that I was taken right back to my cover list! I was then able to click on a few other pictures to add some more tags quickly and easily.
I thought I’d share this in case anyone was not aware of how quickly you could edit your existing book information simply by going to your book list.
My Answer: I don’t think I was aware of that functionality in LT, because I usually prefer to use the List view for my library; there are certain items you can update right there without going to the book itself at all. But I tried out Wendi’s tip, and it’s pretty cool. When you click on a cover, it opens up a pop-up window with the links that will take you to the book details and editing screens. I’m not sure it’s faster, but it is effective, and it does give you a different perspective on your collection.
If I’m updating info for a book I’ve recently added to my library, the link may still be in the “recently added” section of my LT home page (if you don’t have that module on your home page for some reason, I highly recommend adding it; click the “customize this page” link near the top of the page, next to your name and profile picture); in that case, I go directly to the book info from there. If I’m not sure exactly how long I’ve had the book, or I know I haven’t done anything to it recently, I’ll use the search box to find it quickly rather than comb through my collections. Generally, I find editing and updating in LT pretty painless, once I locate the book I’m looking for.
1. He was a two-bit player in a one-horse town. (I have no idea what I mean by that, but I like how it sounds!)
2. The resumption of normal – that is, awful – commute traffic is what I look forward to with the most dread this time of year.
3. My best friend has to put up with a lot.
4. I hope it won’t upset you if I try to be honest with you.
5. Appearances can be more important to some people than the facts.
6. The last person I gave a hug to was Spencer (when he said goodnight).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to ??, tomorrow my plans include ??? and Sunday, I want to ????
(I’m not actually sure what’s going on this weekend, but I’m taking today and Monday off from work. Things are slow at the office right now, and I have lots of blog and BBAW stuff to do!)