Friday, December 2nd, 2016

LibraryThing Holiday Store is Live!

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On top of SantaThing (signups close this Sunday, 5pm EST!) and our annual Holiday Card Exchange (which starts this Monday—more coming soon), LibraryThing is bringing you more holiday cheer with our annual Holiday Store Sale! Everything is off but this year, we’re offering CueCat scanners and barcode labels at exceptionally low prices for your library’s cataloging needs. Check out all of our other cool swag, including t-shirts, book stamps, and tote bags, and stock up for some fun, bookish giving. All orders now through January 6* will also include a free laptop sticker!

Come and browse our Holiday Store today, and share with your fellow book lovers!

Psst—we’re also working on adding some exciting new TinyCat merch for you guys, so stay tuned!


*Epiphany, Little Christmas, the night before Orthodox Christmas or the day after the Twelfth day of Christmas—and doesn’t your loved one deserve twelve LibraryThing t-shirts?

Labels: barcode scanners, barcodes, cuecat, cuecats, gifts, holiday, sale, teeshirts, tshirts, Uncategorized

Friday, November 18th, 2016

SantaThing 2016—Bookish Secret Santa—is here!

We’re pleased to announce that the TENTH annual SantaThing is here at last!

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

Done this before?

» Sign up for SantaThing!

HOW IT WORKS

You pay into the SantaThing system (choose from $15–$50). You play Santa to a LibraryThing member we pick for you, 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. If you sign up for someone without a LibraryThing account, make sure to mention what kinds of books they like, so their Santa can choose wisely.

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, LT 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.

IMPORTANT DATES

Sign-ups close SUNDAY, December 4th at 5pm Eastern. By Monday morning, we’ll notify you via profile comment who your Santee is, and you can start picking books.

Picking closes MONDAY, December 12th at 9am Eastern. 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’ve got a couple of new stores to choose from: Barnes & Noble Nook and Audible are joining our list of booksellers, which also includes Powell’s, Book Depository, Apple iBooks, and Amazon (including national ones). Once again, we’re happy to have Portland’s own Sherman’s Books & Stationery as our official local SantaThing store! You can choose to have your books picked and sent from any of these stores at any and all price points.

Just like last year, the Kindle Only 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?

See the SantaThing Help page further details and FAQ.

Feel free to ask your questions over on this Talk topic. You can contact Loranne—the LT staffer who runs Santathing—at loranne@librarything.com. You’re also always welcome to reach us at info@librarything.com.

Happy SantaThinging!

Labels: events, holiday, santathing

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

November Early Reviewers

The November 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 95 titles this month, and a grand total of 3,082 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, November 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!

Tundra Books Chronicle Books Random House
Beacon Press P.R.A. Publishing Lion Fiction
Bantam Dell Cool Gus Publishing Prospect Park Books
Henry Holt and Company Apex Publications Crux Publishing
William Morrow Recorded Books Seventh Rainbow Publishing
Small Beer Press Ashland Creek Press Tantor Media
HighBridge Audio World Weaver Press Algonquin Books
Five Rivers Publishing Sheffield Publications Velvet Morning Press
EsKape Press Marble City Publishing Avery
Open Books Plough Publishing House Lee & Low Books
Anaphora Literary Press Aneko Press Unbound
ForeEdge Eerdmans Books for Young Readers NewCon Press
Mirror World Publishing Prufrock Press Crown Publishing
CarTech Books Heritage Books Candlewick Press
BookViewCafe EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Meerkat Press
Harper Perennial

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

October 2016 Early Reviewers

The October 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 101 titles this month, and a grand total of 2,845 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.

» Then request away!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, October 31st 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 Henry Holt and Company
Chronicle Books McFarland Random House
Raincloud Press Cool Gus Publishing Le French Book
Avery Month9Books Chin Music Press
Anaphora Literary Press Recorded Books HighBridge Audio
Tantor Media Bethany House CarTech Books
Symmetry Press LLC Human Kinetics Oneworld Publications
World Weaver Press Myrddin Publishing Group Medallion Press
Provisioners Press William Morrow Apex Publications
LightBurst Media Lee & Low Books Petra Books
Prufrock Press Plough Publishing House EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Atlas Publishing Harper Perennial Bellevue Literary Press
BookViewCafe Heritage Books RedDoor Publishing
Crown Publishing

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

September 2016 Early Reviewers

The September 2016 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 124 titles this month, and a grand total of 3,495 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, September 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!

Tundra Books Lion Fiction Henry Holt and Company
Chronicle Books Ballantine Books Petra Books
Akashic Books Open Lens Prospect Park Books
Beacon Press McFarland Raw Dog Screaming Press
Le French Book Greenleaf Book Group Five Rivers Publishing
Wisconsin Historical Society Press Dualmind Publishing HighBridge Audio
Tantor Media Gefen Publishing House World Weaver Press
Catapult Unbound Human Kinetics
Medallion Press William Morrow P.R.A. Publishing
Sheffield Publications Post Mortem Press Algonquin Books
Bantam Dell ForeEdge Crown Publishing
Prufrock Press BookViewCafe Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Raincloud Press AUXMedia John Ott
Dog Star Books Conquistador Press EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Atlas Publishing Quindaro Press Myrddin Publishing Group
Recorded Books

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

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.

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