Friday Fun Link – Shelfari (Jan 19, 2007)

Most people reading this are probably familiar with LibraryThing,
a web site that allows you to easily enter and catalogue your books,
see the libraries of others (including those with a similar collection
to yours) and much more. But LibraryThing is not the only site in this
area.

Shelfari is the latest addition to the “social-networking via your book collection” world. Web 2.0 news site, TechCrunch covers this new site and a few of its competitors in a recent post which also generated some good discussion among TechCrunch readers.

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I like it, but it's no LibraryThing. Maybe because it's only in beta, but Shelfari can't search for books only available in Canada (i.e. mine). LibraryThing allows you to search a multitude of sites, whereas Shelfari (as noted at the bottom of the page, “Portions of Shelfari are Copyright ©1996-2006 Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates,” seems to have a definite American slant so far.
    In other news, flying out to Thompson, MB (my hometwon) for interview for Library Administrator. Kind of freaking out. Don't think I know nearly enough to run a whole library, so I might be bending your ear from time to time for advice (don't be modest, you have a knack for knowing what's going on well before I'm ever aware).
    Also, am likely speaking at BookExpo in June (did you see my mention in Quill & Quire). Had a thought: how many free books did you manage to gather for yourself? Thompson has a limited budget, and the more free books I could dig up, the better. Unethical? Maybe so, but libraries need to survive, and if I could save us $1000, so be it.

    Posted 21 Jan 2007 at 2:58 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I'd played around with LibraryThing a bit but after doing this post, went and added a few of my favourite books (~50 or so) and put a widget on the sidebar to show random covers (although it's not showing up right this moment. Hmmm…)
    Anyhow, good luck with your job interview. Sounds like an excellent starting position. Someoone told me that the only real control you have over your eventual salary is what you get from your first position so if you can start at a slightly higher level initially, it's worth it – even if you lose out on some of the good experience of starting with an entry level position.
    Thanks for the compliment and sure, I'd be happy to pass along any advice I can (although I also suspect you might be over-estimating me a bit!)
    As for Book Expo, first off, congrats! Great venue to do a reading. (Small suggestion – if you're okay with it, try to come up with a stunt to attract a crowd since you're an “unknown” author.) Jack Stoddart brought an elephant into the convention centre one year. You don't have to go that far but something along those lines would draw a crowd. Maybe a version of the Bradbury-inspired launch idea that you mentioned to me once (trying to be semi-cryptic because I'm not sure if you want it out there or not.)
    As for books, I probably got about 50-60. Lots were crap Minnow Trap but there were some good ones.
    Tips
    – if you line-up, you'll get better books by better-known authors but it can take up a lot of time.
    – if you don't need signatures, sometimes you can lurk at the back of the line until the PR person hands you a book then duck out. (But others don't hand you a book until you're at the front of the line.)
    – don't have any shame when asking for free copies, even if a publisher doesn't appear to be giving anything away.
    – if you go with a real job, that will definitely help. My name tag said “librarian” but I was very conscious that I was a library student and a couple people called me on it. “So, where do you work?” One refused to give me a book and wanted my card so they could send me a catalogue.
    – take a few book bags/backpacks and once they're full, spring for the bag check (only a couple bucks per bag and the cash goes to Word on the Street.) Some people even take pull-type suitcases (swear to god!)
    – if you don't have a car, make sure you cab to wherever you have to go because you'll be loaded down.
    – print out the author appearance schedule in advance and make note of the authors you want to see (ie “get books from”).
    – pretty obvious but the end of the day is the best time to get lots of books. Some publishers will have wine & cheese receptions in their booths so you can get some free booze, do some chit-chatting and often find publishers who are extra generous with a couple glasses of vino in them.

    Posted 23 Jan 2007 at 4:23 am

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