Tuesday Thingers (hosted by The Boston Bibliophile)
I enter my books in small batches as I acquire them, and since all it requires is typing in the ISBNs, I do it manually. When I originally set up my library on LT, I input the ISBNs into an Excel spreadsheet first and then uploaded them; LibraryThing was able to match most of them correctly, and I manually corrected the rest. That initial setup might have been aided by a cuecat scanner, but unless I unexpectedly inherit someone else’s book collection, I doubt I’ll be adding large numbers of books to my LT library in one fell swoop again.
When I was active on BookCrossing, I bought some of their merchandise – mostly stickers and bookmarks – because it not only helped support the site, it made identifying your books for “release” much easier. As far as LT merchandise goes, I’d consider some of the stickers – again, for my books, not for the suggested application to my laptop – but would be unlikely to buy a T-shirt or other personal item. However, I think the LT item I would be most likely to purchase would be a gift membership for someone else. I have been very satisfied with the $25 I spent for my own “lifetime” membership back at the beginning of this year.
(Hey, maybe I should do a holiday giveaway for a lifetime LT membership! What do y’all think?)
If you don’t use LibraryThing (or GoodReads, or Shelfari), do you have a method for keeping track of your books, or is that something you find totally unnecessary?
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Well, it’s not because I have all this extra cash burning a hole in my pocket or a bunch of empty space to fill in my house. (Having said that, though, one of my favorite things about my new house is the built-in cabinet upstairs that is absolutely perfect for book storage.) I think I’ve given variations on this answer in previous library-related BTT posts, but the main reasons that I buy books rather than use the library are convenience and time.
As far as the time factor is concerned, I have a full-time job and a daily round-trip commute exceeding 75 miles, which I make by car, so that’s a good 50 hours out of the week that can’t be spent looking for books or reading them. Although our local library has limited hours on the weekends (both Saturday and Sunday), our schedules just don’t mesh well. I can never be sure how long it will take me to read a book, so I prefer not to be restricted to the library’s due-date deadline.
Convenience may be an even bigger reason for my book-buying preference, though. Not necessarily the convenience of book-buying itself – although I do have some good bookstores near me, and what could be more convenient than online book shopping? – but the fact that when books are in my possession, it’s much easier for me to browse them and select my next read at any time of the day or night. I like having a wide selection of books at hand to choose from, too. Since I really can’t plan what I’ll be in the mood to read at any given time, I like knowing that I have a lot of options at the ready.
There are some other personal preferences of mine that play a role in my choice to be a book buyer rather than a borrower. I’d rather read books new, and the format I like best – trade paperback – isn’t common in libraries. Also, I just tend to find the atmosphere in bookstores more pleasant than libraries. It may be a hangover from school and college, but libraries seem to mean “studying” to me more than reading for fun.
Assuming you would rather buy books than borrow them from the library, what are your reasons?
1. Please feel free to disagree with my viewpoint, but be polite about it.
2. When I use my citrus-lime body wash I can’t help sniffing it occasionally.
3. My favorite thing to cook is pasta sauce, but my stepson’s favorite thing to have me cook is BBQ meat loaf.
4. Time for all the things I want to do is something I can’t get enough of.
5. That’s the thing I love most about morning – it’s a fresh start, every day.
6. Getting cut off in traffic always makes me think to myself, what the heck?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a quiet evening at home (eventually), tomorrow my plans include getting pedicures with my sister and seeing Quantum of Solace with my husband and Sunday, I want to have a good time at the LA Moms Blog official launch party!