It’s very hard to take a photo of a mobile phone screen.
I’m very excited to announce LibraryThing for your mobile phone!
(I don’t know know about you, but I hate it when company say it’s “very excited,” but this is me, Tim Spalding, and I am very excited. Really. Take my pulse; this is the highlight of my damn week!)
The URL for LibraryThing mobile is:
You can see it in action on a fake screen at:
The idea is simple—you get the most important features of LibraryThing through your cell phone’s “internet” feature. So you can check whether you have something—by title, author, tag or ISBN—when you’re in the bookshop, browse your catalog, and read your reviews. You can even accesss your “Pssst!” recommendations. But I don’t know anything about cellphone security, so you can’t add items, and you can’t look at private libraries—even your own.
Don’t fret, you almost certainly have SOME kind of internet connectivity on your phone. My old black-and-whie Sprint phone had it. Abby’s old, crappy Verizon phone had it. The only difference is how many lines you’ll see at time, and whether the Amazon covers come in. Needless to say, internet access usually costs something. My phone costs $5/mo. and regular “minutes”; Abby’s phone charges a piratical 1 cent per kilobyte—so I tried to keep the pages super clean. LibraryThing is not responsible if you run up $500 in charges.
Many thanks to the LibraryThing Mobile beta testers, Astrud, Birdie, Deirdre, Edward, Sarah, Woodrow. There are probably some more problems, but I am—see above—too excited to wait any longer.
So, the question is: Does it work for you? What else do you want it to do?
PS: Yes, I am still interested in an iPod version, and plan to work on it soon.
PPS: I can’t find my copy of Amazon Hacks. Does anyone have the URL for an Amazon Mobile link? I need to include it if I’m going to draw on Amazon’s cover art. Of course, I’d include links to any other mobile book sites. Are there any?