LibraryThing is now a free service – no membership fees, ads, or book limits. It’s an online library-quality catalog for your books (and music and movies) that you own, have read, or want to read.
LibraryThing now has free accounts to catalog and store your media online. LibraryThing was created as a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers, there are now over 2,509,1809 members and 144,276,569 books are cataloged.You can write about yourself and your library, or you can keep your information completely private. You can list your favorite authors, bookstores and libraries, leave comments for other members, and see who shares the most books with you.
The main purpose of LibraryThing is the cataloging of books, movies, music and other media. It catalogs books using Amazon, the Library of Congress and 4,941 other libraries, including the British Library, Canadian National Catalogue, Library of Congress, National Library of Australia, and Yale University. Items can be added manually as well. If you share your books and media there’s a track and lend feature.
If you have a significant number of books or books with high value then keeping an online record of what you own can be useful if you need to replace something or submit a claim to an insurance company.
LibraryThing also has TinyCat, an online public access catalog (OPAC) designed for the cataloging and circulation of libraries of up to 20,000 items. It’s ideal for small libraries like classrooms, community centers, and churches. It turns your LibraryThing account into a simple, professional online catalog, ideal for patron browsing and circulation. For big libraries, they offer LibraryThing for Libraries OPAC (online public access catalog) enhancements that make catalogs more engaging and informative.
Creating an account is easy, fill in a user name and password or sign up with Facebook or Twitter. Select your account type, either personal or organizational. That’s it. Including an email address is optional, but a good idea if you forget your account credentials.
After signing up for a free account members can enter the ISBN numbers, author names or titles from their books. The LibraryThing search engine returns likely matches. A click adds each book to a personal virtual library, along with the title's complete card-catalog information and a thumbnail of the cover art, when available. Personal catalogs can be sorted by author or title or viewed graphically as a colorful collection of book covers.
LibraryThing is readily available on any device with an Internet or data connection right from your web browser. There are mobile apps for iOS and Android devices and you can scan barcodes from your phone to add to your library.
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