Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

SantaThing 2018: Bookish Secret Santa!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the twelfth annual SantaThing is here at last!

What’s SantaThing? SantaThing is “Secret Santa” for LibraryThing members.

Done this before?

» SIGN UP FOR SANTATHING NOW!

HOW IT WORKS

You pay into the SantaThing system (between $15–$50), and pick your favorite bookseller. We match you with a LibraryThing member, and you play Santa by selecting books for them. Another Santa does the same for you, in secret. LibraryThing does the ordering, and you get the joy of giving AND receiving books!

Sign up once or thrice, for yourself or someone else.

Even if you don’t want to be a Santa, you can help by suggesting books for others. Click on an existing SantaThing profile to leave a suggestion.

Every year, LibraryThing members give generously to each other through SantaThing. If you’d like to donate an entry, or want to participate, but it’s just not in the budget this year, be sure to check out our Donations Thread, run once again by our fantastic volunteer member, mellymel1713278.

IMPORTANT DATES

Sign-ups close WEDNESDAY, November 28th at 12pm EST. By Wednesday evening, we’ll notify you via profile comment who your Santee is, and you can start picking books.

You’ll then have a week to pick your books, until THURSDAY, December 6th at 12pm EST. As soon as the picking ends, the ordering begins, and we’ll get all the books out to you as soon as we can.

» Go sign up to become a Secret Santa now!

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

Every year we tweak SantaThing a little. This year, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Print as our official local SantaThing store once again. Print is a great indie bookstore located in Portland, ME (not far from LibraryThing HQ!). Other new additions: Amazon.de has expanded their free shipping options, which is good news for all. Sadly, Audible still doesn’t allow for the gifting of individual audiobooks. I know that was a big disappointment last year. If you’d like audiobooks, be sure to say so in your SantaThing profile, and your Secret Santa can select CD copies of those from your store of choice.

Just like last year, the Kindle option is available to all members, regardless of location. So long as your Kindle is registered on Amazon.com (not .co.uk, .ca, etc.), you can elect to receive your SantaThing gifts as Kindle ebooks. See more information about Kindle and SantaThing here.

SHIPPING

Some of our booksellers are able to offer free shipping, and some are not. Depending on your bookseller of choice, you may receive $5 less in books, to cover shipping costs. You can find details about shipping costs and holiday ordering deadlines for each of our booksellers here on the SantaThing Help page.

Go sign up now!

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?

This is our TWELFTH year of SantaThing. See the SantaThing Help page further details and FAQ.

Feel free to ask your questions over on this Talk topic, or you can contact Loranne directly at loranne@librarything.com.

Happy SantaThinging!

Labels: events, fun, holiday, santathing

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

November 2018 Early Reviewers

Win free books from the November 2018 batch of Early Reviewer titles! This month we’ve got 100 titles, and a grand total of 4,530 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.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, November 26th 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!

Akashic Books Tundra Books Candlewick Entertainment
Black Rose Writing World Weaver Press Harper Perennial
Henry Holt and Company Scribe Publications Revell
Graphic Arts Books Canongate Books RELIANCE BOOKS
Icon Books Success Full Press William Morrow
Transformation Media Books John Ott Ballantine Books
Pacific Boulevard Books Consortium Book Sales and Distribution Oneworld Publications
Beacon Press Prufrock Press Candlewick Press
Provisioners Press Unsolicited Press Tantor Media
HighBridge Audio CarTech Books Tule Publishing
City Owl Press Literary Wanderlust LLC EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Fifth Element Press Open Books NewCon Press
Heritage Books Dr. Cicero Books Fireship Press
Hot Tree Publishing Kamel Press Goldenjay Books
Common Deer Press Saborn Press Old Crow Publishing
BHC Press Prodigy Gold Books

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Introducing TinyCat’s Library of the Month

All year long, we’ve been picking one TinyCat library each month to feature in our TinyCat Post newsletter. Each library is asked the same set of questions designed to give readers a sense of the libraries using TinyCat, but more importantly what they do for their community and why their work is important. The responses we’ve seen are too good to keep to ourselves, so TinyCat’s Library of the Month will now be shared with our entire community of library and book lovers at LibraryThing.

If you’d like to read up on TinyCat’s previous Libraries of the Month, just browse our TinyCat Post archive here.

TinyCat’s October Library of the Month: The United States Institute of Peace Library

We’re very pleased to feature the United States Institute of Peace Archive as TinyCat’s October Library of the Month! Gretchen Sauvey, Senior Project Specialist and keeper of the archives at USIP, fielded my questions this month:

First, what is your library, and what is your mission—your “raison d’être”?

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent national institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. USIP pursues this vision on the ground in conflict zones, working with local partners to prevent conflicts from turning to bloodshed and to end it when they do. The Institute provides training, analysis, and other resources to people, organizations, and governments working to build peace.

The USIP Archive is our collection of the books, reports, and multimedia products created or funded by the Institute during the course of its work.

Tell us some interesting ways you support your community.

The archive provides the staff of USIP with access to the history of the Institute’s work. Many of the places where we work have been in conflict for decades, so it’s important to be able to look back and know what has been done before. We also have materials dating back to the creation of the Institute in the 1980’s so we can see the vision that our founders had for our work and refer to it to inspire our future.

What are some of your favorite items in your collection?

I love the variety of languages that can be found in our collection. We have items in Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Kurdish, Khmer, Nepali, and several others. It truly reflects the global nature of our work.

What’s a particular challenge you experience, as a small library?

One of our challenges is that the items we add to the collection are often not found in other library catalogs—either because they’re newly published by us, or because they’re published in countries that aren’t as tied into the international library systems—so I do a lot of original cataloging by hand.

What’s your favorite thing about TinyCat? What’s something you’d love to add?

The best thing about TinyCat is how simple it is to use, from both the administrative side and for the end user. The interfaces are clean and well-organized and make it easy to navigate the site and find the information you need. The thing I’d like to see developed is functionality for adding multiple barcodes to a record for times when we have more than one copy of the same item.

Great suggestion. Copies management is a feature high on our list—we’ll be sure to announce any update on that front, if and when it happens.


Want to learn more about the U.S. Institute of Peace Library? Visit their website here, or check out their library on TinyCat.

Calling all TinyCat libraries: become TinyCat’s next Library of the Month—just send us a Tweet @TinyCat_lib or email Kristi at kristi@librarything.com.

Labels: libraries, TinyCat

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Free books! October 2018 Early Reviewers

Win free books from the October 2018 batch of Early Reviewer titles! This month we’ve got 100 titles, and a grand total of 3,845 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.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, October 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!

Akashic Books Penguin Teen Canada Puffin Books Canada
Black Rose Writing Cloud Lodge Books Candlewick Press
Revell Gefen Publishing House William Morrow
Anaphora Literary Press Harper Perennial Bauhan Publishing
Vinspire Publishing, LLC Poolbeg Press Coach House Books
Greystone Books Canongate Books First Steps Publishing
Scribe Publications Small Beer Press P.R.A. Publishing
Consortium Book Sales and Distribution Henry Holt and Company Prufrock Press
Mirror World Publishing Tantor Media HighBridge Audio
BookViewCafe Elewyn Publishing Timber Press
Smoking Pen Press Alaska Northwest Books CarTech Books
Orca Book Publishers City Owl Press Goldenjay Books
TouchPoint Press Open Books BHC Press
HCI Books Thomas Dunne Books SoundStar Productions
The Wild Rose Press Chronicle Books EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

September 2018 Early Reviewers

Win free books from the September 2018 batch of Early Reviewer titles! This month we’ve got 113 titles, and a grand total of 4,590 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.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, September 24th 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!

First Steps Publishing Akashic Books Tundra Books
Puffin Books Canada Black Rose Writing World Weaver Press
Turner Publishing Candlewick Press Walker Books US
Candlewick Entertainment Harper Perennial William Morrow
ibidem Press Unsolicited Press Platypus Media
Hybrid Global Publishing Prufrock Press Ballantine Books
Poolbeg Press Meerkat Press Tantor Media
HighBridge Audio Oneworld Publications Red Adept Publishing
Capture Books Triumvirate Press Boyle & Dalton
Anaphora Literary Press Kasva Press EsKape Press
Bublish City Owl Press South Dakota Historical Society Press
Coral Press Elewyn Publishing Plough Publishing House
TouchPoint Press eBI Press Our House Publishing
Avid Publishing LLC Open Books Scribe Publications
Greystone Books Vinspire Publishing, LLC NewCon Press
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing The Plaid Raccoon Press BHC Press
CarTech Books

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Win free books: August 2018 Early Reviewers

Win free books from the July 2018 batch of Early Reviewer titles! This month we’ve got 128 titles, and a grand total of 4,395 copies to give out, including Yuval Noah Harari’s upcoming 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

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.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, August 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, Germany, 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!

First Steps Publishing Candlewick Press Apex Publications
Black Rose Writing Kaylie Jones Books Akashic Books
Tundra Books Penguin Teen Canada Puffin Books Canada
Harmony Ink Press Hot Tree Publishing Oneworld Publications
Graphic Arts Books Random House Cohoes Falls Media
Smoking Pen Press Revell Bloomsbury
Hybrid Global Publishing William Morrow Velvet Morning Press
Kasva Press Avery EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Etchings Press Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Ballantine Books
Timber Press Tule Publishing Tantor Media
HighBridge Audio Chronicle Books CarTech Books
Dreamspinner Press DSP Publications Greenleaf Book Group
Prufrock Press Poolbeg Press Sinful Press
Mirror World Publishing World Weaver Press Fathom Publishing Company
Ashland Creek Press Real Nice Books February Partners
Literary Wanderlust LLC Plough Publishing House Blind Eye Books
BearManor Media Dynamic eBooks Holland Park Press
The Plaid Raccoon Press Goldenjay Books Five Directions Press
NewCon Press Blue Crow Books City Owl Press
BHC Press Two Umbrellas Amika Press

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Monday, July 30th, 2018

LibraryThing Movie Night: Jurassic Park

Break out the popcorn—it’s time for another LibraryThing Movie Night!

So far, we’ve screened Never Let Me Go and Stardust, the latter to go along with our group read of the Neil Gaiman novel. But if the box office has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no time like the summer time for a good ol’ action/thriller flick.

Join us Wednesday, Aug. 8th at 9pm EDT to watch the 1993 film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park.

Details

Synchronize your watches for Wednesday, Aug. 8th, at 9pm EDT (US). That’s when we’ll start the show. Jurassic Park is available to stream on Netflix in the US (along with other countries), or you can rent it on Amazon, Google, or iTunes, among other platforms.

You can see the trailer for the movie on YouTube.

Talk about it

Talking during the movie is highly encouraged! Join the discussion on the Talk thread during or after the movie.

We ask that you keep discussion spoiler-free until we’re all watching together. Yes, this one’s been out for a while, but if you’ve read the book or seen the movie already, don’t ruin any surprises!

More

Questions, comments, or suggestions for other movies you’d like to watch with LTers? Post ‘em on Talk.

Labels: events, fun, movie event, movies

Monday, July 30th, 2018

LibraryThing Models Needed: Show off your LT gear!

With LibraryThing’s 13th anniversary on the horizon (Aug. 29th!), it’s high time we updated our Store gallery. Currently, Store photos feature staff members (or our cute kids), and we’d like to change that—our store should reflect our membership.

We’d like you to send us photos of yourself, (or your family, your pets) sporting your favorite LibraryThing (or TinyCat) gear. A few highlights will be featured on our main store pages, and the rest will go into a gallery for LT members to see.

Email your photos to loranne@librarything.com, or post them in your member gallery, and point us to them.

Be sure to send in your photos by Monday, Aug. 20th, so we can compile them in time for our anniversary.

Win a free shirt

Don’t have a LibraryThing or TinyCat shirt, or need an update? We’re giving away 20 t-shirts (winners’ choice) at random. Fill out this form to enter the drawing. Winners will be picked and notified on Wednesday, Aug. 8th, 5pm EDT, so be sure to enter before then.

Update 08/06: We’ve had so many entries into the drawing, we’re upping the number of shirts we’re giving away to 40 instead of 10!

» Enter the drawing

Questions?

Join the discussion on Talk.

Labels: LT swag, tshirts

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

July 2018 Early Reviewers

Win free books from the July 2018 batch of Early Reviewer titles! This month we’ve got 109 titles, and a grand total of 3,935 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.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, July 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!

Candlewick Press Tundra Books Puffin Books Canada
Tule Publishing Greenleaf Book Group Revell
World Weaver Press Apex Publications Oneworld Publications
Month9Books Cloud Lodge Books Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Harper Perennial Black Rose Writing William Morrow
Five Rivers Publishing Literary Wanderlust LLC Gecko Press
Pilgrims Process Publishers Akashic Books Bloomsbury
NewCon Press City Owl Press Anaphora Literary Press
Exterminating Angel Press Read Furiously Prufrock Press
Etchings Press Faber & Faber USA EsKape Press
Tantor Media HighBridge Audio Harmony Ink Press
Real Nice Books Blue Crow Books Provisioners Press
CarTech Books Hot Tree Publishing Open Books
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Small Beer Press Hawaiian Heritage Press
ClydeBank Media BookViewCafe Avid Publishing LLC
Dynamic eBooks Unsolicited Press Henry Holt and Company
BHC Press The Overlook Press Chronicle Books
Three Rooms Press

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Five million more Library of Congress records

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We’ve recently imported 5,148,400 new records from the Library of Congress into OverCat, LibraryThing’s data repository. This brings the total number of records in OverCat to nearly 78 million! That’s 78 million high-quality library (MARC) records you can use in cataloging on LibraryThing.

This new dataset was produced by the Library of Congress from records in the 2014 Retrospective file sets—the most recent currently available. The Library of Congress provides these MARC records as part of its MARC Open Access program. Although LibraryThing adds MARC records to Overcat as members search for them, this is our first mass update from Library of Congress data since OverCat debuted in 2010.

Thanks to developer CCatalfo‘s efforts to make this happen. Notice anything different in OverCat? Join the discussion and tell us about it on Talk.

Further reading

Labels: cataloging, library of congress