Signs of Addiction

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Signs of Addiction

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Muokkaaja: lokakuu 1, 2006, 10:41 pm

What are some of the telltale signs of addiction to LibraryThing?

Perhaps it's when you haven’t even handed the cashier the money for your new book, and you’re already contemplating what tags you’ll use once you add it to your library.

Or, when you think twice about buying a book because you think, Oh, but if I add this to my library others will know I actually own this book!

Anyone else know of any other signs?

lokakuu 1, 2006, 11:02 pm

I need to get to bed... I'm just going to catalog this one last book. I can quit anytime. Just one more... Just one.

lokakuu 1, 2006, 11:10 pm

You're on this site more than 10 times a day (like me lately).

You spend hours searching the internet for better front cover pics of your books.

lokakuu 1, 2006, 11:48 pm

Brent, you're understating the problem.

I've had the thought "I'll just enter another hundred books tonight" . . . and then suddenly it's morning.

lokakuu 2, 2006, 12:06 am

You check LT BEFORE you check your email....or make coffee...or bring in the paper...

lokakuu 2, 2006, 1:34 am

E-mail? Oh, yeah, e-mail! I had almost forgotten about that...I guess it’s possible that someone outside of LibraryThing may have something to say to me.

How about when you’re away from your home library, but you commandeer a friend’s computer just to “check in” on your library.

lokakuu 2, 2006, 1:53 am

Opinicus, dodger: you seem to understand me. How about, you open your mail as usual, and while it's loading you open a tab to LT, just to see, you know, what's going on in the groups, or double-check what books you own, or...... and THAT's the one that gets the attention? I just try to PRETEND I'm normal. ;)

lokakuu 2, 2006, 2:00 am

Another: you're dead tired, but you have new books. Any idea of sensible tagging is caput, but you ALWAYS tag your books. Can you wait to enter them???

Of Course NOT! No book is truly owned till it's placed in LibraryThing, nestled in with the rest. (Harking back to dodger's point: certain things we pretend we DO NOT own. ;) ) When a tagging fanatic will enter books without tags rather than wait..... you know there's compulsion at work.

Another tell-tale sign is when you read some LTer's book reviews like others read friends' blogs.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 2, 2006, 2:52 am

Or, along the lines of Eurydice's statement, when you’re dead tired, on your way to bed, but you decide to enter that new book. Upon logon though, you see the dreaded (yet understandable) “LibraryThing is down for...” message; now, you could just go to bed and enter the book in the morning...but you won’t. Besides, if you wait till tomorrow, you might miss something on the group boards!

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 4, 2006, 9:15 pm

I think a pretty big sign is when you go to bed, think of something to post in a LT group, then get out of bed, go to your computer, and logon to post it.

And perhaps the worst side effect of a LT addiction: When reading group boards, cataloging books, reading about books, and talking about books, takes significant time away from reading actual books!

lokakuu 2, 2006, 6:08 am

LOL. Yes, dodger, I'm sure the former has NEVER happened to you! ;) Admitted, having book-time decreased is not generally good. But being able to talk to other book-lovers, which sometimes doesn't happen on its own, is very good.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 2, 2006, 7:14 am

Your kids refer to LT as their mom's MyLibrary or LibrarySpace when complaining to their friends that she's booting them off the computer.

You forget you have a LiveJournal, and when you remember you post the LT website as your update.

Your 6 year old asks for a LT catalog, so as not to be left out, since you won't give her an email address, a myspace, or a cell phone, ----And remembers the names of books she's read at school, so you can add them to hers.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 2, 2006, 7:45 am

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

lokakuu 2, 2006, 7:51 am

Considering buying a book because the author will look good in your gallery ;)

lokakuu 2, 2006, 9:14 am

Opinicus, what you mentioned just happened to me!
My 12 year old son told me that I am on LT just as much his brother is on MySpace, and thenasked me if he can join too.
I am hopelessly addicted (and proud of it!), as I find myself doing ALL the things mentioned by everybody else.
An example? I just spent most of the weekend scanning book covers to put on LT......

lokakuu 2, 2006, 9:29 am

My "to read" pile has always been about a wobbly yard tall.

Now, my reading pileS are each about a yard tall and leaning against each other for support (much like we, ourselves, are doing here).

And even worse ... I now ignore my teetering reading piles and start reading dusty, moldy books I unearth in my attic (while I'm still sitting in the squalor of my attic, that is) ... I mean WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING IN MY ATTIC ON SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!! ... looking for more books to LT, of course.

I really need to get a Life, huh?


"In the end, only kindness matters."

lokakuu 2, 2006, 1:09 pm

Guilty of #14, alibrarian. :-)

When you tell your partner the details of your day and 90% of it refers to LT happenings. ("Oh, yeah, and aliens invaded. But Tim said...")

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 4, 2006, 9:16 pm

Ah, it is so nice to know that I am not alone in my addiction!

Indeed, Eurydice and doogiewray, I think the true brilliance of this site is that it takes an otherwise solitary activity, and allows book lovers to socialize about it.

alibrarian, how about when you contemplate purchasing a book by a particular author on the grounds that, if added to your library, their name will appear larger in you author cloud?

Or, if you find yourself talking with someone in person, and you can’t stop wondering how big their library is?

And 4042albert, don’t fight it, I believe some addiction are good for you (is that the voice of a true addict or what?)!

lokakuu 2, 2006, 7:04 pm

Oh, this is so entertaining. I agree with a couple of the comments I've read (okay...all of them), but in particular---I sometimes am amazed at how much time I spend on this website and wish I'd spent that time READING.

And speaking of kids----my oldest will sometimes ask me to do something and I say I can't because I'm busy---and he says: "Oh, Mom, you're on that library site again, aren't you?" He's got my number.

lokakuu 2, 2006, 7:41 pm

When you tell people about it and go into detail, whether they express interest or not! Esta1923

lokakuu 2, 2006, 10:53 pm

I knew I was addicted when I found myself inexorably drawn to CompUSA to buy a flatbed scanner solely for the purpose of scanning book covers.

lokakuu 2, 2006, 10:53 pm

The talking about it...helps when you want to drive your mother in law crazy.

I'm itching to get my hands on my little brothers's small...but he's got them all organized on his shelves by series, and author. I keep picturing it all done on librarything. He won't let me touch them.

And Have you seen some of the large libraries people have on BookCrossing, that are in their "private collection" and they DON'T LT? What's up with that?

I've been nagging my daughter to get her teacher to let her catalog his script collection, so I can look through it. She isn't budging...I'm sure the guy has it cataloged on his computer it's just an importing issue.

My other daughter's school is going to be torn down (nasty mold problem) and rebuilt, and most of their library was wasted. When they rebuild, I'm going to lobby the School Advisory Council to LT, since they have to buy more books anyway. It'll look good for their literacy campaign! I should win.

I wonder if Tim would give me two more lifetime accounts and a gift card to BAM or B&N if I spray paint LibraryThing on my car?

Has anyone sunk to the depths of obessive tagging beyond anal retentative and super organized? I've been watching how people tag. Trying to define the difference between Juvenile Literature, and Children's Literature...among others. Just saw a post on another group about tagging to keep series in order, it was interesting.

lokakuu 3, 2006, 1:40 pm

All right! I confess!

But people are not posting to many of my groups. Why form a group if you're not going to enter at least one post besides the description?

lokakuu 3, 2006, 1:52 pm

kageeh, you are absolutely right! This is what I always tell my significant other, who started at least three groups but never posted anything on them.
I, on the other hand, I am perhaps even too talkative....

lokakuu 3, 2006, 5:03 pm

I'd say the obsessive contemplation of the best ways to shelve and display my books is one sign - because I worry that other LTers might disapprove of my system. Haha!

I'm also find myself thinking about friends' and family members' collections, and wondering if they would let me catalogue them in LT. I started working on my partner's books in secret, hated the way he shelved them, then cleaned the library as an excuse to rearrange his collection (he had refused on numerous occasions). Once I finish entering his, I want to catalogue my parents' books. ;)

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 3, 2006, 6:06 pm

Cataloging parents’ books, wow, I completely missed that as a sign of addiction! I am guilty of that one too.

One day I set up an account for them, cataloged their books, enthusiastically told them how great LT is, and created a link to their profile page on their desktop...and to my knowledge, they have yet to logon once.

I guess that is sort of along the lines of Esta1923’s statement about explaining LibraryThing in detail to someone, regardless of how disinterested they are. Oh well, I had fun cataloging their books, and now I know what they have should I ever want to borrow something!

lokakuu 3, 2006, 8:25 pm

Cataloging your parents' books--wow, I really wish you hadn't put that idea in my head.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 4, 2006, 5:01 am

Dodger You catalogued all your parents books and you wonder why they don't LibraryThing? Its because you took away all the fun.

You know you're an addict when the realise you're going to have to start paying for the "free" catalogue you set up to hold the books you did not want people to know you owned.

lokakuu 4, 2006, 4:41 am

I started my parents off but they've only ever done it with me there to facilitate. I must get them to do more by themselves, we've not even scraped the surface and their paid year will expire before we do get further in, I fear. I do leave their house with scribbled lists of ISBNs though, so drip by drip it's getting there.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 4, 2006, 5:08 am

SimonW11, I admit it, I am a fun hog! Honestly, I set up the account with them present, showed them some of the great features, and how to enter books. They both gave me an approving head-nod, as to say, Yeah son, that’s great... Then I encountered the problem that Brent first mentioned, “I'm just going to catalog this one last book. I can quit anytime. Just one more...” then, before I knew it, it was finished. What can I say? I needed my fix I guess.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 4, 2006, 7:35 am

I know what you mean about people creating groups and not posting. I think many of the groups get "lost", in the jumble, the others just don't seem to interest people. I've got two groups that should be deleted due to low posts. One definately but the other maybe might pick up a bit.

If you want to "grow" your group, do mass invites. My Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction group was doing alright memberwise, but I knew it could be bigger. So I went through our touchstone author list, and started inviting people who listed numerous books by the authors. I ended up in a few days inviting over 600 people, and raised membership from 94 to 211 (then by accident deleted my group-I'm so mad at myself). I also listed other groups members might be interested in which I put in our group profile, as we were simply a broader topic. I join every group I get an invite for, and have an interest in regardless of the size of MY interest in the topic. It sucks when you make a group, and it just sits there.

BTW has everyone checked out Tim's other websites! Go to Blog, then on the right sidebar they are listed!

Recently a member in Asian Fiction was riding a train, and noticed another rider reading a book we're discussing as a group read, and wondered if that person was a Lt'r reading with the group, she was too shy to ask. I swear we should make little buttons to wear or bookmarks, for just such an occasion.

I swear the best deal in town is the lifetime membership of $25. Wish flickr would do the same.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 4, 2006, 9:39 am

Ha! I just got my little brother to join! Teaching him how to add books! Ha! And why going by ISBN is better than title, and adding manually! A newbie! Ok he's not exactly little he's 22.

lokakuu 4, 2006, 11:23 am

Mine - my little brother - is 19. I gave him a membership, but he doesn't live near me, and I've done all the cajoling I can do. :( Drat!

Anyway, Opinicus, I'm happy for you!

As to the rest, I'm a little tired to say more, but you've made me laugh (and sympathize!). My own LT addiction is going to have to take a sharp downturn to allow for Nanowrimo participation. Only temporary, but I feel the drop-off beginning.

lokakuu 4, 2006, 11:46 am

My son, who is 12, wants to join. Do you think he is too young?

lokakuu 4, 2006, 12:06 pm

I'm debating making the 4-5 hour road trip to my parents' house this weekend mainly so that I can catalog all the children's books I have in boxes there...

Also, I'm absolutely a) buying more books and b) reading more books so that I can enter them into LT and write reviews.

lokakuu 4, 2006, 12:23 pm

My son, who is 12, wants to join. Do you think he is too young?

Under 13 is forbidden by Terms of Use because of COPPA.

lokakuu 4, 2006, 1:36 pm

Thank you MMcM, I will tell him he has to wait until next year!

lokakuu 4, 2006, 3:50 pm

LT accounts make nice birthday presents ;-)

lokakuu 4, 2006, 8:57 pm

sunny, that is a GREAT idea, and I will keep it in mind for future needs. Thanks!!

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 4, 2006, 9:14 pm

sunny, I am a bit surprised to see that you’re not a member of LibraryThing-ers Anonymous! You have a tag for “cover not found,” that has to be a sign of addiction! Oh well, I guess you’ll admit you have a problem when you’re good and ready... ;-)

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 5, 2006, 7:25 am

I have a couple of accounts that catalog my childrens books, that I will give away to them when they are old enough or ready. There is no personal information given that would indentify them as belonmging to children, and I do not reference them on my profile so, they can't be tracked by others looking for children. When the child is old enough I will give turn over the project. I add books the child is reading, owns, etc. There is no access to LT by the child other than looking at the catalog. But I've been able to catalog little details that would be lost over time, kinda like book scrapbooking, etc.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 5, 2006, 3:28 pm

dodger: Denial, moi??! ;-)

I just hold with the person who was wondering why the first thing you're supposed to say at an Addicts Anonymous meeting was "Hi, my name is ..." :-P

lokakuu 5, 2006, 10:19 am

One sign of my addiction is that I'm starting to wish I hadn't given away the books I've given away over the years to open up space on my bookshelves (restricted by size of NYC apt) -- even though they were all books I either bought years before and knew I never would get around to reading or books that were the kind that were very popular one year or one month but not significant enough to keep.

Another is that I keep checking LT instead of doing my work (I work at home). I tell myself I'll just enter 5 books, or 10 books, and check my groups, and then before I know it I've entered 20, and an hour has gone by and I'm no closer to meeting my deadline!

I love the idea of entering my parents' library because it is so eclectic, but it is HUGE (how do you think I became a book lover?), and actually also includes many of my grandparents' books which I would LOVE to enter because they are so old. (I have a few of them in my own library, like my grandmother's copy of the first US edition of Ulysses which includes the judge's decision to allow it to be printed here, and my grandfather's Complete Sherlock Holmes which I first read when I was 11 or 12 and had the measles.)

lokakuu 5, 2006, 11:13 am

In all fairness, I've wanted to catalogue my parents' library before LT existed. As a teenager, I sat with a yellow legal pad and tried copying down just the titles and authors; I gave up when I realized the scale of the project. As soon as I stumbled across LT I've been itching to get back to it. ;)

I still consider myself lucky to have grown up in a house that had a library. I remember neighborhood kids were stunned that we had a whole room of "just books." It certainly is a contributing factor in me becoming a LT smack-addict.

lokakuu 5, 2006, 9:56 pm

You know you're an addict when ... you catalog library books that are currently in your possession and that you're currently reading. Then you X them off LT when you return them to the library!

lokakuu 6, 2006, 2:47 am

Ooooh, that certainly qualifies 8-)

I also like Brent's '... I can quit anytime. ...'

lokakuu 6, 2006, 7:00 am

Anyone else admit to buying a scanner just to scan covers for LT.

$25 for life for an off site backup of my catalogue, good, I'll enter them in a rough and ready manner and leave it at that. I won't bother with tagging, and iIll never use the social stuff.

only about 85% entred from ISBNs in my spreadsheet, I'd better enter the others.

Amazon was not consistent in how it provided author names. Go through and edit them all.

What's this bracketed information after the tilte? Its not part of the title, and its in the summary field anyway. Edit all those books again.

My books are numbered in my home catalogue, They had better go in the comment field.

What about book awards, I suppose I could use tags.

Contents of collections and anthologies? put them in the comment field.

Series? tags again

Covers thers a lot missing - I need a scanner.

If I'm showing covers I should credit the artists - tags again.

It saya Hugo award - what year? what catagory - redo tags.

Hey the amazon cover was right, it's now wrong, use uploaded covers (mine or other peoples) for all books.
(still in progress)

location tagging (too come).

If multiple field sorts are not going to be available I could do something with tags.

Tags are not in a consistant order let's try
sort tag, subject, serries, cover artist, location, awards, source of cover art, signed, loans, others.
I wasn't goint to use tags!

And I'll never use the social stuff ...

lokakuu 6, 2006, 8:01 am

Sometimes during the day, when I'm stressed or bored, I will peruse my catalog and just look at the pages of covers. It gives me great comfort. Home is where the books are. : )

lokakuu 6, 2006, 4:24 pm

ringman, I don't have to buy a scanner (I can use my dad's), but I will admit to paying too much money to buy a barcode scanner to plug into my PDA.

At first I was enamored of the batch entry method, but I found too many errors and too many amazon entries when there were good library sources. I still scan them into my PDA, but I use spare time away from home to manually enter them into my catalog. I grab the books later and verify all of the information.

Your evolution of an LT addict is familiar. Every few hundred books, I think of something else I should be annotating in the catalog. The poor things will be on and off the shelf so often, they won't get any rest.

lokakuu 7, 2006, 12:41 am

The poor things will be on and off the shelf so often, they won't get any rest.

But think how loved they'll feel....

51elciecie Ensimmäinen viesti
lokakuu 7, 2006, 4:25 am

ringman's message made me laugh out loud because I recognized myself instantly. Actually, all these posts made me cringe a little because it's hard to see the truth about yourself laid so bare!

I have a symptom that no one has listed so far - Library Envy. I lust after people's libraries. My Amazon wish list has grown exponentially since I joined - to the point that I don't think I have enough years left to read everything that I have added to it. My husband calls this site "Reader's Crack". I just bought another load of books from Daedalus just so I can have new things to enter into my library, even though I am not done reading the pile that came last week. One of these days I'm going to surpass As You Know_Bob! Does anyone else know the names of the people with the largest libraries? It's sad!

lokakuu 7, 2006, 6:07 am

> Reader's Crack

Now _that's_ a tag line! ;-)

lokakuu 7, 2006, 8:24 am

elciecie you are 100% right about the effects of Library Envy. My wishlist is huge now, too, and I've also started to lust after Folio Society editions (my gently used copy of Rebecca is in transit. Luckily I just found out I can earn airline miles by using B&N online. At least there will be one other benefit to succumbing to Library Envy.

lokakuu 7, 2006, 11:20 am

Lately I have been feeling a strange sense of anxiety. I've gone through the house, the closets, the attic, the basement, the garage. There are not many books left to enter. What am I going to do after I enter the last one?

I suppose I could try reading again. ;)

lokakuu 8, 2006, 3:00 am

Ah, I've found my people!!

AndrewL (message 3):

I'm with you, bud. I've been haunting Ebay and, amongst others, in order to get the correct covers for my books. And to take the sickness a step further, I'm also trying to improve the clarity/color of covers already on LT by saving them again and auto-correcting the color to the shade I like, then re-uploading them to my library (when possible).

I'm pretty much doing everything else mentioned except cataloging my parents' books, which would kill me since my dad's a retired English professor with who knows how many books (I know he doesn't know).
And there's no point telling him about LT since he refuses to own a computer, which I sometimes think wouldn't be a bad thing; I'd get lots more reading done, that's for sure.

Anyone else got a sudden urge to go to used bookstores to find missing volumes of large series (Doc Savage, anyone?) just so they can maintain a tenuous hold on a top 50 library ranking? I've gone from a high of 41 to being knocked off the Zeitgeist page 1 list as of a couple of days ago (is that violin music I hear playing in the background? Why, yes, I believe it is :-D ).

lokakuu 8, 2006, 12:19 pm

Okay, how about this one - my husband and I are looking for a house to buy, and I have been turning down homes because the dining rooms are too small to add bookshelves, or there are no shelves for cookbooks in the kitchen, or there are too many windows and they leave no room for bookshelves!

However, the good in all of this is that we are going to settle down somewhere for a while (government service keeps us moving) so I can start buying books in earnest again. No moving, no weight allowances...I'm free!

lokakuu 8, 2006, 8:36 pm

elciecie #51
I have a symptom that no one has listed so far - Library Envy. I lust after people's libraries . . . One of these days I'm going to surpass As You Know_Bob! Does anyone else know the names of the people with the largest libraries?

(I heard my name mentioned, so I thought I'd jump back in...)

The thing about 'library envy' is that there is always somebody with a bigger library. Right here in my own small city, I know a guy who has something above 40,000 books. I've had a couple of professors who have comparably-sized (10-20,000) collections. So I know that there must be hundreds of larger libraries around.

There are fewer than 90,000 LTers here (and judging by how often I mis-type my account name, maybe only half that number of Real People...) -- as soon as word of LT gets around, we're going to be seeing LOTS of big collections added.

But anyway, tying this back to the "Signs of Addiction" thread: yes, one aspect of LT addiction is finding yourself thinking about libraries competitively.

lokakuu 8, 2006, 11:08 pm

Library Envy: Oh, the potent force! YES I know the names of some of the largest libraries - (doffs hat to Bob, here) - beyond the first. I've added so many books to my library this year that I think my To Be Read 'pile' will never be the same. And at that, the catching up I have to do! Gracious Heaven, there isn't TIME...

lokakuu 8, 2006, 11:42 pm

I know I'm not in the running for largest library (at least, not until I get my own place ...) but I *am* a top tagger, by the skin of my teeth.

And by gum, I'm going to stay on that list!

lokakuu 8, 2006, 11:51 pm

It was such a happy day when I was ALMOST in the top 50! :( But we were getting an influx of new users, and I knew it: I'd never place. - Much less as everyone else finished off their cataloguing.

lokakuu 9, 2006, 7:28 am

59 -
In your place there are 1013 tags I would be trying to get rid of! (wrong cover), or are you going to enter more of these to stay on the list?

lokakuu 9, 2006, 8:07 am

I'm another one who will soon be desperately hanging on to my space in the top taggers list. I've got no chance of the largest libraries list, or at least not until win the lottery so that I can buy lots of books and a big house to store them in.

lokakuu 9, 2006, 8:41 am

I am planning to get rid of them! Someday!

But I'm still entering new books. And my laptop's internet recently broke (Literally - the card slot snapped off of the motherboard), which means that I have to physically carry the books to the computer in order to compare covers with the ones LT already has up. So I've been mostly doing other housekeeping things, like corrected data and adding dates, until I can manage getting a working laptop.

lokakuu 9, 2006, 9:13 am

You can put bookshelves underneath the windows!

lokakuu 9, 2006, 11:33 am

I'm a newbie and I've just started entering my 'current' books--ones that I've traded, purchased, or read recently.

Everytime I add a book, I go to my tag cloud and admire it. My 'going to read' stack' is also a yard or two high, but I make my decision on what to actually read from my pile partly by how it will effect the look of my tag cloud and how a total stranger would view it. (Explains why I am currently reading Siddhartha and not feeding my current Kellerman/Stephen White obsession). Well rounded here I come! Of course this effect will be downplayed as I add more books and once I start adding my current library instead of just what I'm currently reading.

Noob question--where is the top tagger list? highest inventory list? book most owned list?


Addict-edly yours


lokakuu 9, 2006, 11:59 am

lists are on the Zeitgeist page

lokakuu 9, 2006, 12:25 pm

Thank you ringman--fascinating.

I have now added the first book on the top shelf of the upper left hand corner of the first bookcase. Eek--no turning back now!

lokakuu 9, 2006, 5:59 pm

I know I've got LT 'issues'! I've deliberately not bought full membership because:

1. I'm already forming a vendetta list of those friends I've loaned books to who haven't returned them in the past five years. It astounds me that I can remember books I loaned to friends fifteen years ago, yet can't remember who I just spoke to on the phone;

2. I actually 'bunked off' from my voluntary job one day last month so that I could surf LT for a whole morning / afternoon / evening;

3. The anticipation of being able to tag, review and put the correct covers on my (modest) library is making me feel more excited than is strictly healthy;

4. I've purposefully NOT turned my router on for two weeks and in that time have read several novels, numerous poems, written four schemes of work for my teaching job and lurked shamelessly in several bookshops without buying anything at all;

5. Despite being very new to LT, I spend more time online here than any forum I joined in the last two years. Significantly, I don't want anyone on those fora anywhere near lovely, lovely LT people.

*blushes a bit.

lokakuu 10, 2006, 11:13 pm

Re: Message 55 (bookstothesky)

Try library catalogs for book covers too, don't forget Google image search.

lokakuu 11, 2006, 7:57 am

Today, I awoke with the thought, that I should print out my tag cloud, and spend the day, tweeking it on paper, to revamp my tags. I didn't even think, "Start the Coffee" or "hit snooze". It was just TAG!

lokakuu 14, 2006, 1:01 pm

I've found an antidote to LT!

A pro account at and a stack of family photos dating back to the early 1800's!

lokakuu 14, 2006, 4:35 pm

Oooo, that is tempting! Wow! That would be a great way to rid myself of all those pesky moments in between LT and sleep...If only Flicker had a lifetime membership for $25, eh?

lokakuu 14, 2006, 7:49 pm

Yeah, paying THAT ONE was really really PAINFUL! I've uploaded over 100 photos and I'm only at 3% of my bandwidth for the month. Although that's about 4 months bandwidth FREE. If I scan anymore today I'll scream! Even the fun of geomapping has been lost today. I'm quitting LT & Flickr til monday so I can finish a couple of books instead.

lokakuu 16, 2006, 8:20 pm

Oh man! Look what Tim went and did!

Groups: LibraryThing Challenges

lokakuu 19, 2006, 5:45 pm

Opinicus (Message 69):

Thanks for the ideas! I hadn't considered either one of those options.

lokakuu 28, 2006, 3:57 pm

I couldn't help myself - I had to join this group!

Here's my problem: In the past, I have only kept books that I enjoyed, thought were worthwhile, classics that look good on a shelf, etc. (We won't even go into my stacks of unread books.) Now, if I buy a book and it really stinks, should I keep it just to catalog it?

lokakuu 28, 2006, 4:28 pm

You could tag it "thrown out"

* runs and hides *

lokakuu 29, 2006, 6:54 am

I think we are all waiting for the day that the Collections feature allows to have the read but not owned list, so we can keep books on LibraryThing, if not on our shelves, with a clear conscience.

lokakuu 29, 2006, 9:16 pm

Hey, I like that tag "thrown out"! Or maybe, "donated to charity". I rarely actually toss books; I usually find them a home somewhere.

I haven't thought about a "read but not owned" list, but I like it. I keep index cards on all the books I read. A good many of them I don't own, since I am a regular at the local library.

lokakuu 31, 2006, 11:27 pm

"If I write a tiny little paragraph on my lesson plan for homework, then I can add three books. Well, I do have that Cue Cat Scanner, so maybe I can add six books or something, I mean, since it's so fast. Well, I just took a break, so let me get back to work, but first let me check how fairy tale readers group is doing... Hey, here's a Librarything addiction group I can join that everyone else on the list is in for people like me. At least I quit freecell. Just one more book..."

marraskuu 7, 2006, 5:27 pm

Surely as long as I need my first coffee _before_ my first dose of LT it can't be that bad yet? ...

marraskuu 15, 2006, 3:53 pm

AsYouKnowBob @ 57 comments on competitiveness. I know this well. Back in the very early days I found myself hustling to enter books in order to keep myself in the top 100 libraries. That didn't last long, but it was fun while I had a shot. ;)

marraskuu 15, 2006, 7:23 pm

Another sign that I'm addicted to LT is related to the social aspects. I'm beginning to know some of you frighteningly well. Whenever I see a book I think "Oh, that looks like something BoPeep might like!" or "I wonder if Oakes has that one?" (Short answer: he does)

marraskuu 15, 2006, 11:04 pm

Being part of a community of book lovers (after a lifetime of people saying "did you really read all these books?" or just staring in awe - and somewhat uncomfortably - at the numbers of books cluttering our house) is a welcome side-effect of LT addiction. It's an interesting phenomenon - to know a person by the books she/he owns.

marraskuu 16, 2006, 12:40 pm

In the early days I considered adding my wife's and step children's libraries just to bump my numbers up so that I might be in the top 500 libraries, but I have this determination that I will only catalogue books I personally own, so haven't done this, nor have I entered in my main account books I have read, but don’t own; I have set up a separate account for these.

When considering whether to buy a book, I will be more likely to do it just to add to my catalogue. I have considered adding books I am thinking of selling or giving away, and then just deleting them when they go.

My parents have some 5000 books or so, many of them old and I would not have time to catalogue them; plus they have no Internet connection, so I could not do it in situ. Would be fascinating, though!

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 16, 2006, 7:27 pm

Due to running low on books that are incontrovertibly "mine", I've recently started to add the shelves and boxes of old books of my parents' and grandparents' that are around. (Well, I needed *something* to add; one can't be expected to go all winter without a cataloging project.) It's fascinating, both to see what they bring up on LT and just to have an excuse to go through them carefully. And feel the soft pages and the ragged edges, and carefully peel back the covers and inhale that scent ...

Oh, sorry, I may need a moment here ...

I've also managed to knock two years off my "average date" and several points off my "median shared". Hooray!

marraskuu 25, 2006, 8:38 pm

When you're not only willing, but absolutely driven to go to one of those "all the books you can fit in a bag for $3" library nightmare sales because you're out of books to enter on LT.

Or when my library envy (of other LT users) overwhelms my better judgement and I decide I can live without bread or milk this week so I can buy an extra book.

marraskuu 27, 2006, 9:58 am

Entering your ex-husband's books, thinking, "I'll just delete them when he comes to get them". Then hide them.

marraskuu 27, 2006, 10:04 am

When you find yourself checking to see if your favorite group has any new posts while at work.

marraskuu 27, 2006, 10:05 am

When you keep LT up all day at work.

marraskuu 27, 2006, 10:07 am

Hehe.. yep yep.

When you are constantly looking for a new book to read (and hence add to your collection) even though you have way too much on your plate.

marraskuu 27, 2006, 11:23 am

When you go into an absolute panic when Talk isn't working (like this morning!)

marraskuu 27, 2006, 11:46 am

When you go into an absolute panic when Talk isn't working (like this morning!)

It was hell I had to tidy the house instead!

marraskuu 27, 2006, 12:05 pm

When you notice Talk isn't working in the wee hours of the morning and immediately start logging into an email account to send a message to Tim.

marraskuu 27, 2006, 12:06 pm

And for another, when you worry that your collection of Groups may one day outstrip your book collection.

marraskuu 29, 2006, 8:04 am

Streamsong (#65) -- I too love gazing upon my tag cloud; t'is a wondrous thing, that cloud.

Yesterday, I discovered that if I click on "more" in the largest libraries list, I am 175th. I had no idea! I don't think my library is that large. But another group to which I belong disdains including unread books in one's LT library. What snobs! My library likely contains more unread books than read because I do not keep unworthy books after I've read them.

marraskuu 29, 2006, 8:10 am

#80 - Freecell is for keeping busy while LT pages load. They are very slow even at work on a high speed line. But worth it.

marraskuu 29, 2006, 8:53 pm

Was checking out my books at the library and noticed a shelf of sealed brown grocery bags labeled, "Mystery bag of books NOVELS 50 cents".

In my preLT days, I'd never have considered buying a bag of books I couldn't even look at, now non-ficition perhaps, but fiction, never! But yep, I did it. And if the parking garage hadn't been full and my car several long city blocks away, I'd have bought 2!

Luckily the meter was just about out and a cop was sitting by waiting for expired meters with ticket book in hand, or I'd probably have gone back.

marraskuu 30, 2006, 4:11 am

Anything good in the bag?

marraskuu 30, 2006, 5:33 am

I'm signed into LT on every one of my library's circulation desk computers. XD

Hey, the pages are quick loads and aren't uber-colorful and eye-catching from afar, so I figured, while I'm not helping patrons... why not?

joulukuu 1, 2006, 3:32 am

How about when you have been away on a camping trip without Internet access--and still managed to buy books on the road home, of course--and upon returning home, after days of being away, the first thing you do is enter your new books into your library.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 1, 2006, 4:15 am

Hi quartzite.
Not sure if any of them are good yet. Not a single one I'd heard of before and none seem to be in genres I read often.

A few are books for young adults so they went straight to the "trade shelf" and got listed on my swap sites. There's a couple which look intriguing, so I'll give them a view over the weekend. All except one (After the War) are Hardcover and with the mylar library wrap, are in very good to excellent condition. After the War looks to be a the size of a trade paperback and is in very good shape.

I can say the experience of buying a mystery bag was positive because I realized how circumscribed my tastes in ficiton have become; I seem to gravitate toward 2 or 3 specific areas in a few genres and rarely venture outside those. And in the last few years, those windows of interest have become very small without my awareness; I've become a fiction fuddy-duddy and now that I realize it, I'm going to work toward change. I'll start with the bag-o-books.

Here's what was in the bag:

The Shrouded Walls And The Dark Shore by Susan Howatch

Coming about by Bruce Clements

After the War by Frederic Raphael

Bing Crosby's Last Song: A Novel by Lester Goran

Ox Goes North: More Trouble for the Kid at the Top by John Ney

The Long Good Boy: A Rachel Alexander and Dash Mystery by Carol Lea Benjamin

Mother's helper: A novel by Maureen Freely

The World As It Is by Norma Klein

A Groom with a View: A Jane Jeffry Mystery by Jill Churchill

The Hermit's Story by Rick Bass

joulukuu 1, 2006, 8:25 am

msg 98, cckelly:
*lol* that sounds like the stories I hear over at Bookcrossing (BCers are probably even worse in buying books, because "you can always bookcross them, if you don't like them").
Getting my library into LT kept me from buying more books (after I discovered about 80 unread tomes on my shelves) - well, for about 3 days!
First thing I do when I come home from shopping, I enter the newly acquired treasures into LT!

joulukuu 6, 2006, 8:50 am

Whenever I read now, I am simultaneously composing the review in my head, and thinking of extra tags to add. Then, when the review is written up, I just have to find out what everyone else has said about it, and whether I agree.

LT has completely changed the way I read, and has me picking up books I'd be unlikely to have heard of any other way - I'm converted :)

joulukuu 14, 2006, 1:55 pm

Alright...I have mental images of a sort of book wallow whenever I look at my library on here. I want all of them together at once. I even have books on books and libraries where I look jealously at other (usually wealthy) people's books and libraries. I've only catogued a pitiful drop of the books I have because I'm overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task but I yearn to be free to accomplish it. I picture my own library; two stories of field stone with leaded glass windows, balconies, those rolling ladder thingies, a huge keystone shaped window, busts of famous authors and mahogany bookstands scattered about. There'd be a tiny kitchen, bedroom and bathroom stuck on to the side like a miniscule appendage...but, I digress. I have a library as well in my classroom at school of two or three thousand books. During the summertime I'm separated from them and cannot see them everyday. I can feel them keening...My boyfriend has mentioned gettting me a barcode reader to make the catalog really sing along and I am sorely tempted.

joulukuu 14, 2006, 2:44 pm

Dene, where does one get a barcode reader?
I saw a lady using one at a library sale, but I forgot to ask where she got it.

joulukuu 14, 2006, 2:46 pm

From LibraryThing . . . where else?

joulukuu 14, 2006, 2:57 pm

Oh, that is so cool! It's a kitty!

joulukuu 14, 2006, 2:58 pm


joulukuu 14, 2006, 3:29 pm

Wait, what kitty? You can get a barcode reader from LibraryThing? How?

joulukuu 14, 2006, 3:31 pm

Ahh! Followed link, answered own question. Have ordered it. It is cute, no question. Thank you, GreyHead.

joulukuu 20, 2006, 8:01 am

Wow! What a great classroom library! I have about 400, and I have a tough time housing those. How do you store them in your classroom? Do you have a system for keeping track of where they go with your students?

I must confess that I sometimes use my classroom as an extension of my personal library. It's my library-away-from-home, plus it gives me just another reason to buy books!

joulukuu 23, 2006, 5:23 pm

Exactly! I like that...a library away from home. There's a comfort in knowing favorites are nearby no matter where I am. I love children's illustrated poetry books and have a decent sized shelf of them. I don't know why they don't illustrate adult poetry books. Twice the blast...Anyway, I begged an old three section sided, nine foot long, four high bookshelf when the school library was remodeled plus another 12 footer from another teacher who (gasp) didn't want it. I've also got two other six foot, two shelf cases under the chalk tray at the front of the classroom and two other free standing cases. And still there are books I can't shelve because of lack of space. Jim Trelease in his Read-Aloud Handbook mentioned a school where they used plastic rain guttering and just stuck it into the cinder block walls. Looked decent in the pictures. I buy pockets and cards for my books, write my name obsessively in all of them and appoint classroom librarians to keep track of the whole thing. 'course I lose some books every year but...Some kids really seem to respond to having such a large number of books around and sometimes students bring in and donate books from home they've already read. So...hope you're all prepped for the holdays. I'm sure not ready yet. Darned head cold...Enjoy your Christmas break.

joulukuu 23, 2006, 7:56 pm

Another sign of addiction: knowing that I'll be going away for 36 hours or so tomorrow, I feel sad that I'll be away from LT too. And that's for only a day and half -- what about when I go away on a real vacation?

joulukuu 23, 2006, 10:10 pm

rebeccanyc, too true! I guess that is why someone invented the Internet cafe...I always seem to pick up an armful of books when I travel, then I have to log on to catalogue them--I highly recommend this because it gives you the perfect excuse to find a computer with Internet access and spend some quality time with LT! But that is just me, and I am, after all, an addict!

joulukuu 24, 2006, 6:27 am

How about entering books you borrowed off of other people? With a "borrowed" tag.

joulukuu 24, 2006, 8:27 am

ha ha ha, dodger, I avoid going on the internet when I'm on vacation because I'd feel obliged to check my e-mail and then, because I work freelance, I'd be back in the work world.

The one time I did go online on vacation was in Italy when Alitalia flight attendants called a one-day strike for the day we were supposed to fly home. Fortunately, our hotel had a computer for guests, so I could figure out how we could get a train back to Rome and get a flight to NYC on another airline. But, even more fortunately, the lovely hotel staff called Alitalia for us, stayed on hold an amazingly long time, talked at length in Italian, and eventually discovered that not all flight attendants were in the union/striking, and that our flights would not be affected. Of course, we did miss out on spending another night in Florence!

joulukuu 24, 2006, 9:08 am

I've seen some of those huge libraries of which you speak; I'm taking a different approach: I'm only going to catalog those books I've actually read, not just the ones I own. Of course, any approach is fine - we're in good company here! - but it would be nice to sometime compare like with like.

I'm relatively new to librarything, but it only took me a few minutes to decide to get the pro account, so I guess that would make me an addict. I also want to get all 250 or so of my books reviewed; a major target, and one that won't even get me onto the "most books reviewed" league table, but I think it's worth doing all the same.

I've told all my friends about the thing, and my students - even though I teach English as a foreign language! Hopefully one or two will take a look, and who knows, the site might even motivate them to learn more.

joulukuu 25, 2006, 11:03 pm

Wow, Dene! I am jealous of your shelf space! And how could a teacher NOT want more shelves??? I write my name in all my books too, and I also lose a few a year, but I do ok overall. Some of the kids will donate books to me too, and I always keep my eye out for those interesting library discards.

As for being an addict, I finally set up a second account to make comments about the books I read. I have been doing this for years on index cards, and my goal is to transfer all that information into that LT account. That may take forever! This way, I am at least giving myself credit for reading a book even if I don't own it. If I ever do get around to writing a review of it, it will be in my library. My main account, however, is only of books that I actually own and that I can put my hands on either at home or at school.

I am heading north tomorrow, with about 4 - 5 books in hand. I hope my in-laws will let me read and not feel like they have to entertain us the entire time!

joulukuu 26, 2006, 12:54 am

Spending christmas day entering books with no ISBN number

joulukuu 28, 2006, 8:02 am

That's hardcore!

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 14, 2007, 6:57 am

Not having any trouble at all in following all the posts, even when the count rate reaches 350 in 48 hrs from some groups.

edit - when 13 out of the top 20 posts in all your groups are yours.....

helmikuu 23, 2007, 10:25 am

Every new feature added to TL adds hours and hours of time wasted spent playing with my catalog. I'm only halfway through my books checking for possible book combinations; and now they've added author links; and soon they'll be adding multiple author/editor/etc. support!

helmikuu 23, 2007, 1:49 pm

How about going to work instead of calling in sick because you don't have internet access at home & don't won't to miss anything on LT!

Or....You can't wait to get to work on MONDAY because you're having withdrawal from not being able to see what's been happening on LT for TWO DAYS!!

helmikuu 23, 2007, 3:49 pm

Oooh - that sure counts! :-D

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 23, 2007, 4:08 pm

When, based on all the discussions I've read here, I decided to reshelve some of my hardbacks by color - just for fun, to see what it would look like (and so I could share the picture with people here, who would understand :)

Pretty, isn't it? My sister called it a "reading rainbow" ;)

helmikuu 23, 2007, 5:33 pm

Nice rainbow. Do you keep your dust jackets?

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 23, 2007, 5:54 pm

legallypuzzled - Thank you! And yes, of course. I just took most of them off today; I now have to find a place to store them that Asimov, my cat, can't get at (his hobby is ripping off the edges of any loose paper that happens to be laying around).

helmikuu 24, 2007, 12:49 pm

My addiction was pretty clear when-after spending all day at work cataloging books in the library-I immediately come home to work on my LT.

helmikuu 24, 2007, 4:25 pm

To bluesalamanders,
What a viscerally pleasing picture.

helmikuu 24, 2007, 6:40 pm

bluesalamanders, it does look lovely!

helmikuu 24, 2007, 6:55 pm

Thank you, thank you! :)

I wasn't quite sure what to do with the black covers with silver or gold text. I'm don't know if I like them all grouped at one end there, but I couldn't come up with anything else to do.

helmikuu 25, 2007, 8:40 pm

I have only one symptom of my addiction to LT. It's that the only thing I read anymore is LT. I haven't been able to read a book straight through (like I used to) in months.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 26, 2007, 2:19 am

Ah yes Zeesosa, this is the one (and as far as I can tell, the only truly bad) side effect of an LT addiction. I trust that several of the major pharmaceutical companies are hard at work on some sort of pill for this; look for their ads on TV soon, instructing you to “ask your doctor if it is right for you.” Just in case they are not, I have found that going somewhere without Internet access--an archaic coffee shop, rural park, the old-folks home where no one has ever heard of WiFi--really helps.

helmikuu 27, 2007, 12:20 am

Thanks for the advice, dodger. Unfortunately, my life outside of my home is so busy & wired that I can't read unless I am at home & ignoring all the housework. Now that I'm on LT, I use my ignoring housework time to get on it.

See, it's now midnight I've got some downtime. I'm not really tired & I didn't think to go pick up Autumn of the Patriarch (which I've got to hurry up & finish b/c someone is trying to mooch it from me), I decided to get online. Geez, I'm hopeless.

maaliskuu 7, 2007, 9:50 pm

"use my ignoring house time". Hear, hear!

maaliskuu 10, 2007, 8:17 pm

Hello, my name is skittles & I'm addicted to LT.....

Yes, as I cataloged my collection of books, I would get to saying... just finish the pile & then you can go to bed... or do I have all of the books from... ?

I find myself refining my tags & the book information

As I was cataloging, I found out that I had lent quite a few books to a young friend, more than two years ago... and she still had them!! As I was cataloging my books, I kept saying "where are the rest of my books by .... ??"

and you know there's a problem when you find that you have a TON of books on organizing, simplicity, and STORAGE, especially of books!!

I'm hoping that LT will help me organize my books.... and when I think I'm done, I may have to do an inventory of my books so I can perfect my LT catalog!!

maaliskuu 15, 2007, 1:45 pm

You know you're addicted to LT when you despair of the prices of good barcode scanners.. and then you discover the dusty, long forgotten CueCat in the back of the parts bin in your closet.

...and just when you're about to give up cataloging because you'd have to haul shelf after shelf of books into the office to scan them, you remember that you have a laptop and wireless.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 15, 2007, 1:54 pm

I'm way too old to say this, drwho, but that would call for a "w00t!" ;)

huhtikuu 3, 2007, 8:39 pm

You've just realized that "Recommend Site Improvements" has the same acronym as "Repetitive Stress Injury" - and this seems like a very *profound* revelation.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 8, 2007, 6:35 am

You realize you stayed up all night searching ebay,, and various public library catalogs online to find a few photos of cover matches for your virtual library.
And even though you know you'll now have to skip sleep and spend the day at a family holdiay gathering, you almost think it's worth it because you now have 50 fewer books with the generic, brown cover with only a text title on your virtual shelf.

Oh, and you find yourself thinking and writing in run on sentences due to the sleep deprivation. sigh.

huhtikuu 9, 2007, 1:05 pm


I designed many of the covers I couldn't find. I despise brown rectangles! I still have a few I need to do...

huhtikuu 11, 2007, 10:05 pm

>142 bookishbunny:

Thank GOD I'm not the only one!!

How do you design your covers? That sounds like a great solution (and an enormous time drain for when I'm avoiding other necessary but tedious computer related work) would you share your ideas please?

I've been given an old scanner to scan covers in (on the suggestion of other LT members) but it was built for Win98 and I'm XP. I think I might be able to get it functioning, but it's proven to be a larger project than I'd thought and unfortunately, it's a ways down on computer projects; I needed to work through more crucial 'patches' for the programs I use for things like paying bills and writing...but the darn scanner sits there mocking me, promising to fulfill all my Virtual Library Cover Dreams if I can just get it working. Urghh!

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 12, 2007, 10:38 am

I look for pictures of authors or countries or whatever I feel reflects the book. Then I just edit and add text through my paint program. I don't do anything fancy. Sometimes I try to add a little humor (I have a shocked-looking swan for After Many a Summer Dies the Swan - but it's really subtle). I would love a scanner because I really want my virtual covers to represent my actual ones. Here are some of my favorites in my catalog:

After Africa

A God Against the Gods: Return to Thebes (mostly I just like the color)

Hermit of Peking (I tried to get this one to look as much like the original as possible)

Touchstones are acting a little wiggy. :(

huhtikuu 18, 2007, 3:10 am

bookishbunny (#142),

Great ... I did not need that idea planted in my brain. I spend way too much time in front of my computer as it is! I am going to try desperately to forget that you ever mentioned designing covers! Sigh...

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 22, 2007, 9:27 am

Signs of addiction...hmmm.

I have dreamt (twice that I recall) being caught in the labyrinth of LT. It was mostly nice.

kesäkuu 1, 2007, 4:07 pm

When I buy books, I get excited because that means I get to use my :cuecat.

kesäkuu 8, 2007, 5:22 am

I guess I must be addicted: I opened an account for TinyBookworm, so now I've got two collections to keep up with.

kesäkuu 8, 2007, 6:38 am

Myopic, what is TinyBookworm?

kesäkuu 8, 2007, 7:30 am

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

kesäkuu 8, 2007, 8:30 am

>#149 what is TinyBookworm?

I've no idea, really. It's sort of pink and wriggly, with a set of soft, interchangeable outer covers, and makes an annoyingly loud noise at most times of day and night.

kesäkuu 8, 2007, 9:20 am



kesäkuu 8, 2007, 11:09 am

Geee, how dumb I am!!!!!

heinäkuu 15, 2007, 12:28 am

147-LOL I am the same way. I love using my cuecat.

heinäkuu 15, 2007, 12:36 am

How about feeling tremendous guilt about all of the books I have given away to friends, donated to charities, sold to the second hand book store and now I can't possibly enter them here now.

Boo hoo!

heinäkuu 22, 2007, 4:03 am

Yeah, s_a_k, if I had a time machine I'd send a note to my kid self to keep a list!


lokakuu 18, 2007, 4:17 am

Just when I thought that I knew all of the signs of addiction, today I spotted a new one when I set my browser's home page to LT.

joulukuu 6, 2007, 1:53 am

I just realized I'm trying to read a book and play on Librarything at the same time.

joulukuu 6, 2007, 3:01 am

I only had about 30 pages left to read in a book this morning, didn't get around to finishing it until late evening. Where did that day go?

joulukuu 6, 2007, 6:17 pm

The amount of MB on my computer devoted to scanned book covers and the obsessive way that I fill in the Aquired, Started and Finished dates on the book data are a big hint to me


joulukuu 8, 2007, 12:20 am

The fact that I started a LT account to keep track of my grandson's books -- before he was three weeks old -- may be indicative.

tammikuu 6, 2008, 3:11 pm

Hobbit Princess wrote (# 76), "Now, if I buy a book and it really stinks, should I keep it just to catalog it?"

When I worked in a museum (back in the day), I learned a lovely word: deaccessioned. It's the fancy term for "thrown out."

Depending on how you dispose of it, you could also tag it as given away, donated, or re-gifted.

Remember the words of Dorothy Parker: "This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force."

tammikuu 15, 2008, 10:06 pm

You know you're addicted when you win a free paid account in a bookpile contest, give it to your friend, and when you're getting her started on her library, you want to walk her through all the different methods of book entry she might have to use.

So you pull down a book off her shelf for each method (ISBN, LCCN, title/author, title/author/illustrator, manual entry) - and you realize that you can tell, *just by looking at a book's spine*, which LT entry method will work the best.

tammikuu 17, 2008, 10:00 am

#76, 162: I know the word deaccessioned, but I tag those books "gone". Saves on typing time (and saves thinking about how many double letters are in deaccessioned). Sometimes I also tag a book according to where it went, but the important thing is the tag signifying that I should not expect to find it on my shelves!

tammikuu 27, 2008, 12:56 pm

I was standing in Borders recently with a book in my hand thinking, "How am I going to tag it on LT?"

I admit it: I'm addicted.

helmikuu 8, 2008, 10:36 pm

I am so happy to see this thread! I am fairly new to LT and was wondering if this obsession will eventually die down but after reading this thread I see that I don't stand a chance! I have been checking my account several times a day and haven't even entered all of my books yet. My husband thinks I am nuts, that's not a good sign!

helmikuu 15, 2008, 1:45 pm

Checking your profile page & seeing you have an odd number of total books listed & trying to find just one more book to add to even that baby up!

helmikuu 26, 2008, 6:55 pm

When you're about to break into the "top 50" in some category... or you would be in the top 50 if they would just update that zeitgeist page ... and you speed up the rate at which you add books and check scores at least once an hour. (Did you realize they don't even update it every day? Which means while you're waiting to get your name posted, someone is moving the bar?)

helmikuu 26, 2008, 6:57 pm

>167 bookbeat:. Especially when you're coming up on a hundred or a thousand book mark. Or if you have a really bad addiction, you look at 20-something books and think you should bring the total up to the next hundred.

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 14, 2008, 1:06 am

Two signs of addiction:

1. Spending day after day cataloging books, moving the computer from one bookcase to another, taking books off each shelf, cataloging each and putting them back. Working until your back hurts from bending over a keyboard at the wrong height.

2. Turning on LT first thing in the morning and leaving it on all day so you can check groups periodically.

edited for spelling

heinäkuu 15, 2008, 10:16 pm

170> What would you say about a person who "had to" obtain a LT dedicated laptop computer for the sole purpose of being able to move the computer from bookcase to bookcase instead of hauling the books upstairs to the desktop computer? At least I didn't spend any money on it... my son needed a new laptop already and I simply filched his old one.

heinäkuu 26, 2008, 5:41 pm

I'm seriously thinking of buying a smaller laptop just so that I can lug it around more easily from bookcase to bookcase, instead of carrying the books to the computer all the time.

syyskuu 19, 2008, 4:36 am

When your kids are plonked in front of TV so that you can check your favourite groups...and do a couple of posts, and add a book... (in my defence, they were surrounded by books!)

This is such a funny thread. Bluesalamander, I love your book rainbow!

syyskuu 19, 2008, 4:58 am

>126 bluesalamanders: Bluesalamanders -

Did you get the idea for your rainbow bookshelf from this? A San Francisco Bookshop Shows Its Colors

Back in 2004, the Adobe Bookshop in San Francisco rearranged their entire collection - aproximately 20,000 new and used - by color spectrum. The books were rearranged in one night with the help of volunteers...and then returned to their usual order.

Flickr photos here.

syyskuu 19, 2008, 5:05 am

When you start Spring cleaning your tags. I have spent the whole day today cleaning up my tags!! >.

joulukuu 24, 2008, 9:18 am

Signs of my addiction:

When I'm at work, sitting at my computer and my boss comes up behind me and says, "What are you doing? You're not at lunch." OH OH!

When I come home after shopping at the local bookstore and sit at the computer to log in my new books before I've even taken my coat off.

When I wake up in the middle of the night and decide I might as well chk LT for any new posts or to make a comment.

When I join groups that have those hit map thingys and the dot for my location is the biggest.

When I get that yellow highlighted message at the top of my home page that says I have a new comment and it's the best part of my day!

joulukuu 27, 2008, 5:36 pm

you do seem to qualify ;-)

joulukuu 27, 2008, 8:06 pm

When you're seriously considering activating LeechBlock on your Mozilla browser to limit your LTing to certain times of the days. of course you could be sneaky and simply switch to another browser. But what a wonderful addiction! and what a great group of enablers we are!

helmikuu 5, 2009, 5:09 pm

Signs of my addiction:

Librarything is my home page on the internet

I communicate more with my sister through LT than e-mail

My mother even knows about some of the characters that I've met on LT.

My last act before I finally go to bed, is check for comments on my homepage or the Presidents Challenge.

I ad to buy a laptop so that I could have a connection when I go on "vacation" I can't have a vacation from LT!

huhtikuu 14, 2009, 11:15 pm

I got a separate account for my husband, to which he has logged onto maybe three times (I check it for him). However, he knows who I mean when I say, "Tim says ..." (I tell him I'll give up LT when he gives up Daily Kos ;-)

We got the new scanner so I could do covers.

E-mail? I used to check e-mail.

If I'm too tired to catalog a book, I'll just set the gender for an author on my Male/Female Unknown list. Just the gender. Just one. Really.

Or maybe find a new group to follow.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 23, 2009, 3:44 pm

As a newbie, I can tell that I'm already addicted because I just realized that the website for my brick-and-mortar library lists the ISBN. So I can even add the books on my Hold list into LT BEFORE I pick them up at the library!

toukokuu 21, 2009, 8:19 pm

I'm a newbie, and already addicted.

I found the site less than 24 hours ago, have already joined and payed for life-time membership, figured out tags (in anticipation for collections!), joined several groups, already posted messages, replies and recommendations, added nearly 200 titles and just found out that you can scan you own book-covers! (Thank you >180 PhaedraB: PhaedreB!!!)

toukokuu 21, 2009, 8:23 pm

Now we need a picture of you! ;-)

toukokuu 21, 2009, 8:36 pm

i show signs of almost every one of these... it's scary sometimes. but the moment i realized there was no turning back is haunting me in particular.

my grandfather used to be an avid reader (he's stopped in his older age, in favor of gardening). he is a true scholar in the sense that he comes from a family of farmers in which NO ONE had ever attended college (many never finished any schooling). by the time he was 24 he had put himself through undergrad, divinity school (at Duke none-the-less), law school, and had still found time to serve in the Army, get married, and become a father. it's just mind-boggling. naturally, in the course of all that, he amassed a pretty impressive library, on many many subjects. he even has several books he brought back from Cuba, when he was stationed there.

i can admit that i have always coveted that library. my father and i are the only ones in the family who are interested in it at all. so, my grandfather finally told us that he has left all his books to the two of us in his will. it's really weird talking to someone about what they are leaving you when they die, but i was still thrilled that he wanted us to have them. and then, out of nowhere, came the INTENSE need to catalog them and know what was there...

the thought of seeing them all tidy and tagged is extremely appealing. so, now i've been caught in the act 4 times, covertly writing down titles and publication years. i can't bring myself to try to explain to my grandfather what i'm up to. i can see it now: "oh don't mind me, i'm just cataloging your books. you know, for the day that they will be mine. i mean, not that they will ever be MINE, i'll always think of them as YOURS. but you know, when you aren't around any more. that is to say, um, not because you are going to die... since you aren't going to die. cause i mean, you dying is just out of the question. who would suggest such a thing? but i wanted to know what books are here... so i could... um, i'm gonna go weed the garden now."

yeah. i think i'm gonna have to leave those books alone, for the sake of my sanity.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 21, 2009, 9:12 pm

*giggle* I do relate!

Just had a brainstorm. Set up an account for grandfather. Show him what you're doing - and get him interested in seeing an organized database of what he has. Then offer to do it for him!! Am I a genius, or what??

Oh. A what.

toukokuu 21, 2009, 10:54 pm

...when the internet blocking software at your work (death to Websense!) has blocked LT and you seriously consider starting to look for a new job, even though, in general, you really like what you do.
Yes this happened to me today. You should all weep for me now.

toukokuu 21, 2009, 11:36 pm

I'm not a particular fan of Internet blocking. I can understand it... I just don't like it. I think a company should trust its employees, and have a clearly communicated, clearly written acceptable use policy and leave it at that. Cross the line, and you get a warning. Do it two or three times, then you get fired. Anyway...

What I wanted to say was, "Why the hell would LT (of *ALL* places) be blocked?" Or are they just trying to suck the joy out of the Internet completely?

toukokuu 22, 2009, 2:21 am

>185 MerryMary: merrymary

he is decidedly anti-technology. he is still a practicing lawyer, but i don't think he has ever used a computer in his life. he secretary has to print his emails or he would never see them. alas, i must wait and trying not to EVER have the thought that i'm bitter about waiting. LT is destroying my moral fiber...

>186 EmScape:, 187 lilyfyrestorm, omaca

i worked at a call center years ago that would randomly monitor our calls for "quality assurance purposes." this also recorded whatever was on your screen at the time so they could see how you entered data. i remember getting called in for a regular review and as the video of my call started, i was clearly playing mah jong (it was a really slow day). no one on my review panel had ever seen mah jong before (where have they been) so the entire meeting ended up to be me teaching them the game. they said that i was the first person they had ever reviewed that was doing something "intelligent" online in the downtime. sadly, all those other fools, who were apparently watching porn and instant messaging about how much they hated their jobs, ruined it for us and the internet was removed altogether.

perhaps you could get your LT access back on similar grounds. argue that it actually makes you smarter and therefore a more valuable employee!

toukokuu 22, 2009, 7:48 am

Another sign of addiction:

Your significant other quit asking "How are you?" months ago. Instead, he/she asks "Is Collections online already?"

toukokuu 22, 2009, 8:18 am

You login to LT before you pour your first cup of coffee!

toukokuu 22, 2009, 8:47 am

speaking of collections, you can visit the Wikipage that some of us Beta testers have built. that way you'll be ready to roll when it goes live.

i would suggest reading over the Wikipage and then maybe starting the process of making the switch by tagging your books for the collections you might like to use. once collections is up, it will be really easy to move those tag groups straight into collections.

just remember, collections is still a little amorphous while bugs are being fixed and tester feedback is taken into account, so the Wiki may change over the next several days. hopefully we will have everything straightened out to coincide with the actual launch, but there is no guarantee.

i keep trying to remember to spread the word about this, but then i get busy actually USING collections and forget. please feel free to share with others around the site.

toukokuu 22, 2009, 9:44 am

#191 - hate calling you by a number but that user name is beyond typing for these old fingers!

Thanks for the great job on the WIKI page for collections. It will be a big help to have that at the beginning, and especially to give us a heads up. It's especially nice to have it so well organized. If I could bestow an award, I would.

toukokuu 22, 2009, 10:06 am

>192 tututhefirst: tutu

feel free to just abbreviate it to atlarge, a lot of people do. or leah is fine. :) (my girlfriend complains about how long my username is ALL the time. she thinks it's pretentious.)

i'm glad you found it helpful. we worked really hard, but we were all a tad nervous that it wouldn't actually translate for people who hadn't seen collections yet. good to know it does!

as for awards, the thanks is quite enough reward for us. unless of course you'd like to petition tim for something sparkly. in that case, i'd like a sapphire encrusted crown and the title of "Empress of the Collections Universe."

toukokuu 22, 2009, 6:13 pm

>187 omaca: It's blocked as a "social networking" site. Unfortunately, it's not the quality of the site, but the time spent on it when we *should* be working. I'm a little paranoid that they blocked it solely because of me.

toukokuu 25, 2009, 4:29 am

just found a new sign of addiction:

lying in bed and can't sleep, you start to calculate what time it is on the other side of the world and remember what active Talkers live over there, hedging your bets that a couple of them have to be on LT doing something of interest. which really is just a justification for staying up all night on LT.

toukokuu 27, 2009, 9:00 pm

Not being online in several days and being depressed because you are so far behind in reading your posts.


I'll never get caught up. Maybe I should call in sick.

kesäkuu 2, 2009, 10:25 am

I'm clearly not addicted enough at the moment: the Recommendations feature is now telling me about books that I have already got, but that I have obviously failed to catalogue on LT!

kesäkuu 5, 2009, 4:26 am

I discovered LT through...I think a Gaiman blog post, but I may be making that up. Joined and then ignored it for a couple months (Dec '06 to Mar '07). Finally got around to entering some books...and two days after I started, with about 100 books in, ordered my CueCat and got my lifetime subscription. (and it's really neat that I can go look at my profile and stats and figure that stuff out!)

The reworking books is definitely happening. Different types of tagging, dates...I did a 50 Book Challenge in mid-07, and that got me started tracking reading dates and reviewing my reads.

Anybody else watch the posts-per-day Zeitgeist stat? I was really pleased when it went up over 1 - now up to 1.32.

I'm in the BETA group for collections - using it as if it were really there. I hope we get some warning before it goes live and they wipe all the beta work, so I can make sure my tagging is fully set up...

And of course, the fact that I'm here in Talk at 0130 when I've got an important appointment at 10 am tomorrow. Ghahh! G'nite.

kesäkuu 5, 2009, 11:01 am

Anybody else watch the posts-per-day Zeitgeist stat? I was really pleased when it went up over 1

Oh, a (mild but temporarily annoying) pox upon you! I hadn't seen that one, and now that I've noticed mine is 0.99 I'm going to obsess about it!

kesäkuu 5, 2009, 11:07 am

Posts per day over 1? Ha! I used to be at 8, I've recently had a dip to 7.44...

kesäkuu 5, 2009, 1:54 pm

I'm a slacker at .65. But it used to be .22. And I know that, which should tell you something.

heinäkuu 12, 2009, 10:01 am

For me signs of addictions are when I say:

Aaarg! What have I read? I need to put it on my library!


Yippee! 20 more pages to go and this book will be on my library!
One more book to brag about! :-)

heinäkuu 12, 2009, 10:13 am

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

heinäkuu 12, 2009, 10:25 am

Kageeh 64 "You can put bookshelves underneath the windows"

Yup and you can put them over the doors too ;-)

heinäkuu 19, 2009, 3:59 pm

How about when you frequently get so caught up in LT while on your 15 minute break at work that you clock back in very late so that your supervisor has to ask you, "You were already at your desk. How could you forget to clock back in?!"

elokuu 21, 2009, 2:13 am

the one that's eating me alive:

having been absent from internet service for nearly 3 months (and therefore not contributing to LT Talk), i find myself irritated that i've caught up on all the Talk posts i want to read and no one is actively talking. i'm sitting here thinking "where is everyone? why aren't they obsessively book chatting?" what a hypocrite i am.

huhtikuu 4, 2013, 1:07 pm

Hi. My name is Ruth. I'm an LT addict.