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Here is a discussion group for Early Reviewers and from there there is a link to sign up (it takes you to your profile info, so that's why I'm posting the link to the group):
Because LT is a smaller site than GR, for instance, your chances of winning a book are much better here. :-)
I've never won anything at GR, but I've won a few here. I stopped trying at GR.
From your Home page, on the left menu, you'll see a link for "Folly". Click that.
At the top, you'll see "LibraryThing Roulette". Click on any of the options and it will take you to a random tag, member, group, etc. Just a fun thing to play with.
This is helpful, as well. I'm going through it myself to find out things I didn't know!
Also, if anyone hasn't noticed yet, you have five viewing styles you can set up for your catalog (A-E). I would strongly suggest you go through and figure out which bits of info are most important to you for your catalog, and then alternate views (e.g. a particular style for when you've just added books and want to see particular fields that you'll want to fix up), and get that set up to your liking.
And, I'd suggest keeping the standing groups (like Talk about LibraryThing, Welcome to LibraryThing!, New features, and Bug Collectors) watched, so that you'll keep up on what's going on on the site. Additionally, check out the groups, and find some to your liking! There's lots of great groups here, challenges, general reading progress chronicling, groups for just about every genre, and hobby, etc. There's a group for just about everything, and if there's not, you can make one! LT's Talk is my main social networking area, lots of good stuff here. :)
Welcome, everyone! If there's anything I can do to help support you all, my inbox is always open (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In case anyone else wants to, from your Home page in the left menu is "Lists".
At the top of that page is a link to "Create new list". There are options for you to choose from there. You can allow anyone to add to your list, or keep it so only you can.
I see there are different ways I can sort my list - one of those ways is by "score". What does that mean, "score"? The scores just appear to coordinate with the order I added the books in. The score numbers are different, but the order simply remains the order I added the books, but the books at the top are "scored" higher than the books at the bottom.
http://www.librarything.com/list/6992/all/100-Books-to-Read-in-a-Lifetime-That-A... Here's a popular scored list, you can see how it works.
Thanks, .Monkey, for pointing out the different views (A-E). I actually like A ... BUT ... would prefer to have DATE READ than Entry Date. I don't keep my tbr on the site, only the books I've actually read. I've explored a bit in the settings, but don't find a way to add the DATE READ column.
Is there a way to do this?
Yes, I've gone to that page but DATE READ is not one of the option to drag over.... What am I missing?
Oh ... I figured it out ... I had to click on the PERSONAL tab to find the DATE FINISHED field. YAY
Just an update regarding a recent improvement we have made for Shelfari imports.
We have it now so that the following columns are mapped to collections as:
Owned -> Your Library | Owned
Favorite -> Favorites
Wishlist -> Wishlist
Plan to read -> To Read
Currently Reading -> Currently reading
Read -> Read
So, now if you import a Shelfari file and the value is 'True' for any of the above fields, that record will map to the corresponding collection.
So, what you need to do is get the "work number" from the end of the URL, so for this one:
The work number is 16984377
Then, put that number inside the start of square brackets, followed by two colons and the title of the book, so
16984377::You Might Be From Saskatchewan If... Volume 2
but enclose that in square brackets and you get this:
You Might Be From Saskatchewan If... Volume 2
Also, these are much more liable to fail after a while, because the work number can change with combining, so if any combining is going to be done, you might want to do that first, before talking about the book.
Hadn't realized that about the the work number potentially changing. Thanks again!
Sometimes the words work and book may not be there, but it is always the first number that you want.
And another BTW. If you mention a book right after entering the first copy on LT, chances are very good that you will have to force. But do check that you are really the first, as recently published books usually need some manual combining of the first few editions. Combiners are always happy to help. The current topic for that is http://www.librarything.com/topic/239156.
Yup, it does make sense! I just hadn't thought that closely about it. :-)
Thanks for the extra info re: combining.
X (Kinsey Millhone Book 24) by Sue Grafton
I kept trying to use the title as X by Sue Grafton
once I did the full title there it was.
I noticed marthajean's comment on using the first number
the 2nd number is actually my record of the book - so if I want to make corrections to any detail of "my" book that I entered I would do so on that record.
the 1st number is probably the most recent record id'd as the combined edition identifier (this is just a guess).
if you use the 2nd number is you may have to go into (others) to check the edition you want to use, but it will be your edition and cover image.
Just X doesn't either, which isn't surprising.
X Sue Grafton does.
The current work title is X, BTW.
Look in the Book information box on your copy.
Your title is shown at the top of the page and near the top of the box, but the work title is shown at the bottom of the box. In this case it is set by a canonical title, which is correct because the series name is not really part of the title of the book. Amazon often includes it.
Hi, marthajean. I got it to work .. I actually added additional info to the post after your response, which explains why it probably didn't work for you if you.
Can you try it again, to be sure it works for the non-owner record number?
Also, if you force the touchstone it does not matter what you write after the two colons. It will go to the work that is indicated by the work number.
It's always a good idea to check the touchstone after saving. If it is a book you own, you should see the book information box. If you don't see it, there is a problem - probably just combining needed.
I, for one, miss the stats page on shelfari. There is a similar page here.
If you go to your home page and select Stats/Memes (one of the tabs), you'll see some of your stats there.
And thanks for the extra info/tips!
My library's weight in gold is over 217 million! woohoo! Don't tell my husband - he already questions how much I spend on books :D
You only have ~700 books in your library. I think you've got some bad data there - an average book does not weigh as much as a badger.
Ah. You may want to double-check the weight on your copy of The Scapegoat (https://www.librarything.com/work/19867/book/130602898); I doubt it really weighs over 9000 pounds.
Except see 44 and 46; DarthHeather's stats were thrown off by one bit of particularly bad data.
Oh, I dunno... for the badgers, a trail of earthworms. For the elephant, a trail of peanuts - or a mouse if you prefer randomosity.
Those books are gonna sit there, stubbornly immobile, no matter what you wave at them.... and Darth has a quite a few smoots worth of pages to move, (33.17 Harvard Bridge lengths!) ;-p
One thing I would like to ask the moderators and LT experts is how do I directly reference an individual's post in my reply? I do miss the nested conversations on Shelfari, and when I click on the "Reply" link I have a generic, non-referenced reply that goes down to the bottom of the thread.
To reference a message in another topic, you click on the 'more' below the message, then 'link'. This gives you the message URL up at the top of your browser window that you can copy and paste.