Monday, August 15th, 2016

New Feature: True Excel Export

After years of CSV and TSV exports, we’ve added a “true” Excel export for your catalog. Find yours here: https://www.librarything.com/export.php?export_type=xls.

It’s a minimal, simple implementation. We made the headings bold, changed some column widths and defined some columns as text and some as numbers, but otherwise left the data as-is. We tested it out, but there are so many versions of Excel out there, that we’d appreciate feedback from members too.

Let us know what you think in Talk.

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Labels: export, new features

Friday, August 5th, 2016

August 2016 Early Reviewers

The August 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 118 titles this month, and a grand total of 2,701 copies to give out. Highlights include Margaret Atwood’s retelling of The Tempest, new books from China Miéville, Tess Gerritsen, and Jodi Picoult, plus a new volume of cat poetry. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, August 29th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Tundra Books Lion Fiction Oneworld Publications
Henry Holt and Company Akashic Books Raincloud Press
Random House Apex Publications William Morrow
World Weaver Press Crown Publishing Five Rivers Publishing
Medallion Press McBooks Press Anaphora Literary Press
Velvet Morning Press Newcastlewest Books Chronicle Books
Ballantine Books Beacon Press Prospect Park Books
CarTech Books Small Beer Press Exterminating Angel Press
Algonquin Books Bethany House HighBridge Audio
Tantor Media EsKape Press Prufrock Press
BookViewCafe Whitepoint Press EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Chin Music Press McFarland Bellevue Literary Press
Quindaro Press Recorded Books

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Friday, July 8th, 2016

July 2016 Early Reviewers

The July 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 121 titles this month, and a grand total of 3,990 copies to give out, including Margaret Atwood’s retelling of The Tempest. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, July 25th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Crown Publishing Henry Holt and Company Apex Publications
Raven Reads Orca Book Publishers Tundra Books
Beacon Press Akashic Books Candlewick Press
Information Today, Inc. CyberAge Books William Morrow
Chronicle Books Wisconsin Historical Society Press River’s Edge Media
Anaphora Literary Press Oneworld Publications World Weaver Press
Prufrock Press Month9Books Tantrum Books
Primal Light Press Le French Book Recorded Books
EsKape Press HighBridge Audio Tantor Media
Algonquin Books Open Books Meadowbrook Press
Thurston Howl Publications Sheffield Publications Sinful Press
Kamel Press CarTech Books Bantam Dell
LightBurst Media Petra Books BookViewCafe
Raw Dog Screaming Press EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Dog Star Books
Conium Press

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Introducing Dewmoji

Introducing Dewmoji: Emoji for Dewey Decimals®. A joke on Twitter about finding Emojis for every top-level Dewey Decimal class spun out of control and I ended up implementing something half-wonderful and half-terrible!

As usual on LibraryThing, any member can edit the system, which is now the work of many hands.

Try it out: http://www.librarything.com/mds/592
Talk about it: https://www.librarything.com/topic/226515

Example:

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Note: ®Dewey Decimal and related terms are trademarks of OCLC. LibraryThing’s system is, properly, called the “Melvil Decimal System,” in order not to step on their toes. Although Dewey’s system goes back to 1876, and its earlier editions are in the public domain, they own the trademark, and once went so far as to sue a hotel that used the system. We hope we don’t get sued. If we do, we’ll make sure to emphasize how silly the whole thing is.

Labels: classification

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Pride 2016

City Hall in Portland, Maine.

Our hearts are filled with sorrow and love for the LGBT+ community in Orlando.

June is the month of Pride, and we encourage all who can to get out—see the parade, volunteer, be with your friends and family—and show your support and solidarity with Orlando. Pride Portland has events going on all this week, leading up to the parade and festival this Saturday. Details here: www.prideportland.org.

LT Staffers are keeping their eyes peeled for local memorial events, like vigils in Portland and Boston, and other ways to help.

If you, like many of us, feel compelled to do something in the face of such tragedy, here are just a few ways you can help:

  • Give blood. Our local blood donation centers are here: Portland and Boston. The Red Cross and Oneblood are both great ways to find donation centers and blood drives in your area. If you donate blood and tell us about it, you can have a lifetime LibraryThing membership, on us. Just send us an email.
  • Donate money. There’s a dedicated fund for Orlando victims set up by Florida’s LGBT Civil Rights organization here: https://www.gofundme.com/pulsevictimsfund. If you’d like to donate locally, we recommend for PFLAG (Boston) and Outright (Portland, Maine). Both organizations have branches around the country, as well.
  • Read up. Representation in books and other media is just one part of the ongoing struggle for LGBT+ folks. Come check out two relevant LT lists, Best LGBT Fiction and Good LGBT Fiction for LGBT Folk and Friends, to add or pick up suggestions.

If you have any other ideas on ways to help, or thoughts you’d like to share, join us on Talk, or let us know in the comments.

ALA Annual

As many of you know, the American Library Association’s Annual Conference is happening later this month in Orlando. If you’re attending, we highly recommend checking out their page on Orlando Support Activities.

Further recommended reading: this statement from the chair of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table at ALA.

Love is love is love.


P.S. In honor of Orlando and Pride, we’ve updated our Twitter and Facebook logos.

Labels: events

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

June 2016 Early Reviewers

The June 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 126 titles this month, and a grand total of 3,355 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, June 27th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Crown Publishing Lion Fiction Kregel Publications
Prospect Park Books Humanist Press ForeEdge
Apex Publications Cool Gus Publishing Tundra Books
Orca Book Publishers Beacon Press Random House
Prufrock Press Akashic Books Ballantine Books
Bantam Dell City Owl Press Algonquin Books
Henry Holt and Company Dragonwell Publishing Velvet Morning Press
William Morrow Recorded Books The Writers of the Apocalypse
Wisconsin Historical Society Press Raincloud Press Candlewick Press
Hawaiian Heritage Press Tantor Media HighBridge Audio
Whitepoint Press Conium Press Oneworld Publications
Petra Books CarTech Books Human Kinetics
Thurston Howl Publications EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing McFarland
Plough Publishing House Bellevue Literary Press World Weaver Press
Anaphora Literary Press BookViewCafe Story Spring Publishing, LLC
Avery Quindaro Press Dog Star Books

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

May 2016 Early Reviewers

The May 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 100 titles this month, and a grand total of 2,617 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, May 30th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

MSI Press Beacon Press Apex Publications
Chronicle Books Crown Publishing Henry Holt and Company
Kaylie Jones Books Akashic Books Cool Gus Publishing
ForeEdge Five Rivers Publishing William Morrow
John Ott Le French Book Raven Reads
Orca Book Publishers Recorded Books Tundra Books
Calliope Press Ghostwoods Books Anaphora Literary Press
HighBridge Audio Tantor Media CarTech Books
ILT Publishing Oneworld Publications Prufrock Press
Human Kinetics Spiegel & Grau Bantam Dell
Hawaiian Heritage Press Ballantine Books LightBurst Media
BookViewCafe Sinful Press EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Plough Publishing House White Rose Publishing Leaf Storm Press
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Conium Press

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Introducing TinyCat: The OPAC for Tiny Libraries

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Today we’re happy to announce the official launch of TinyCat, the online catalog solution for tiny libraries. In other words, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Check it out here! https://www.librarycat.org


What’s this all about? Religious institutions, community centers, small schools and other “tiny” libraries (up to 20,000 items) have used LibraryThing to catalog their collections for years. TinyCat gives them an attractive and powerful library catalog, with easy-to-use circulation and patron-account features.

  • Simple. TinyCat is simple and clean. Faceted searching adds power.
  • Mobile. TinyCat looks and works great on every device and platform.
  • Professional. Robust circulation and patron log-in features, and a “Simple Circulation” option for classroom libraries.
  • Flexible. Import and export MARC records.
  • Secure. HTTPS always.
  • Enhanced. Enhanced with optional professional and user reviews, recommendations, and more.

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See TinyCat in action. Folio, a member-supported library and cultural center in the heart of Seattle, uses TinyCat. Check it out here.

Try it out. Already have a LibraryThing account? You can see your LibraryThing collection on TinyCat by starting here.

Find out more, including Frequently Asked Questions, pricing, and how to get started at https://www.librarycat.org.

Let us know what you think on Talk, or email tinycat@librarything.com. Join the TinyCat discussion Group on LibraryThing here: http://www.librarything.com/groups/tinycat.

Visit us at PLA. Stop by booth #437 at PLA in Denver this week to meet Tim and get an in-person demo of TinyCat!

Labels: small libraries, TinyCat

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

April 2016 Early Reviewers

The April 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 104 titles this month, and a grand total of 2,940 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, April 25th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Beacon Press Henry Holt and Company Crown Publishing
Tundra Books MSI Press Lion Fiction
Prospect Park Books Apex Publications Akashic Books
Chronicle Books Sunrise River Press William Morrow
Velvet Morning Press CarTech Books Random House
Tantor Media HighBridge Audio Crux Publishing
Horrific Tales Publishing Oneworld Publications Recorded Books
Whitepoint Press Human Kinetics Algonquin Books
Tantrum Books Small Beer Press The Plaid Raccoon Press
Medallion Press ILT Publishing Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Prufrock Press Bellevue Literary Press BookViewCafe
Open Books ForeEdge EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

March Early Reviewers batch is live!

The March 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 132 titles this month, and a grand total of 3,410 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, March 28th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Henry Holt and Company Crown Publishing ForeEdge
Velvet Morning Press Tundra Books Raincloud Press
MSI Press Lion Fiction Prufrock Press
Beacon Press Apex Publications Akashic Books
Chronicle Books Random House Oneworld Publications
NewCon Press Tantor Media HighBridge Audio
Astor+Blue Editions Medallion Press Horrific Tales Publishing
Algonquin Books Recorded Books Beaufort Books
Mainly Murder Press EsKape Press CarTech Books
William Morrow Human Kinetics Booktrope
Hawaiian Heritage Press Sinful Press McFarland
LightBurst Media Bellevue Literary Press Wisconsin Historical Society Press
High Prairie Press BookViewCafe Next Thirty Press
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Cognoscente Publishing Month9Books
Woodsmoke Publishing

Labels: early reviewers, LTER