Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

May batch of Early Reviewers books is available

The May 2010 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 70 books this month, and a grand total of 1234 copies to give out. (I swear, I didn’t make that number up.)

First, make sure to sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing address and make sure it’s correct.

Then request away! The list of available books is here:
http://www.librarything.com/er/list

The deadline to request a copy is Friday, May 28th at 6PM EST.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the many different countries. 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 Grand Central Publishing Canongate Books
Tundra Books Putnam Books Orbit Books
New American Library St. Martin’s Press Riverhead Books
Rovira i Virgili University Press Penguin St. Martin’s Minotaur
Ballantine Books Bantam Dell The Permanent Press
University of Iowa Press Gefen Publishing House St. Martin’s Griffin
Jove Books Picador Tor Books
Faber and Faber Other Press Doubleday Books
Demos Medical Publishing Unbridled Books IDW Publishing
Hesperus Press Gibbs Smith Publisher Shambhala
Harper Menasha Ridge Press Clerisy Press
Orca Book Publishers

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Friday, April 30th, 2010

April/May Early Reviewer Bonus Batch!

Surprise! We just sent out the April Early Reviewers winners. But we have the opportunity to give out a few more books quickly. So here it is: A tiny bonus batch, closing on Tuesday.

  • The deadline to request a copy is Tuesday, May 4th at 6PM EST.
  • Canadians: Both books are available to you, and one is for you alone!

The War Memoir of (HRH) Wallis, Dutchess of Windsor by Kate Auspitz

“Was it the greatest love story of the twentieth century or a bloodless coup?

She was the first person to be named Woman of the Year by Time magazine. Yet Wallis Simpson is one of the most reviled women in history. The social climbing divorcée was portrayed as a snob and a voluptuary who came close to destroying the British monarchy. But could she have been the pawn of Allied statesmen determined to remove a Nazi sympathizer from power?”

The book comes to us from Viking Canada.

Gnoll Credo by J. Stanton

From a world in which Avatar is Fight Club instead of Disney’s Pocahontas, James Tiptree, Jr. wrote The Dice Man, and magic doesn’t work any better than it does here…
…we bring you The Gnoll Credo. Sell that ‘enchanted’ sword and come join the hyena-people. Don’t wear your good clothes.

The book comes to us from 100 Watt Press, and also appeared in our March batch, when it was requested 820 times.

How to participate. First, make sure to sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing address and make sure it’s correct.

Then request away! The list of available books is here:
http://www.librarything.com/er/list

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US and Canada.

Labels: early reviewers

Monday, April 19th, 2010

April’s State of the Thing

I’ve just sent out the April State of the Thing, our monthly newsletter. Sign up to get it, or you can read it online.

This month’s State of the Thing introduces some of the new LibraryThing babies, gives book recommendations from Robyn Okrant and David Lipsky (featuring all the David Foster Wallace you could want), and beings an exclusive author interview with Anne Lamott:

Anne Lamott’s Imperfect Birds is the third in a series about the characters Elizabeth and Rosie (and now-husband James). In Imperfect Birds, the first-person narrative shifts between mother and teen daughter. Elizabeth is simultaneously dealing with her own demons of depression and alcoholism while dealing with her child’s growing freedom. Rosie pushes boundaries to the breaking point, with serious drug use and lying forcing Elizabeth to view the unpleasant realities of her daughter’s actions and her own desire for polite fiction over impolite truth. Anne’s previous books also include the non-fiction Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year and Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.

Next month, I’ll be interviewing Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, about his new book Beatrice and Virgil. I’ll also be interviewing David Baldacci, who’s new novel, Deliver Us from Evil, will be out April 20th.

Have a question for Martel or Baldacci? Post them in the Author Interviews—you ask the questions group.

(Photo is of me reading in a cherry tree, taken by me.)

Labels: state of the thing

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Hello, Lulu!

Many congrats go to LibraryThing developer Mike and his wife Rebecca, on the birth of their daughter, the already impressive Lulu!

Mike liveblogged the event, so you can check out even more cute photos.

If you’d like to send happy thoughts, well wishes or scones, there’s a thread here.

Lulu is the third LibraryThing baby born in the past month (Max and William joined the LibraryThing team at the end of March), and we still have two to go (myself, and Chris Catalfo) before July.

If you’d like to see all of the LibraryThing newborns, check out the rest of the LibraryThingBaby birth announcements.

Labels: LibraryThing babies

Monday, April 5th, 2010

The April batch of Early Reviewer books is up!

The April 2010 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 93 books this month, and a grand total of 2,098 copies to give out.

First, make sure to sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing address and make sure it’s correct.

Then request away! The list of available books is here:
http://www.librarything.com/er/list

The deadline to request a copy is Friday, April 23rd at 6PM EST.

NOTE: Two of the ebooks this month are available to read online-only, so make sure before you request that you are willing to read the book on your computer, online (as opposed to downloaded, on your computer/ereader/phone/etc.), because you’re responsible for reviewing any book you win.

Eligiblity: Publishers offer books country-by-country. Make sure to check the flags by each title to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Kregel Publications Penguin Putnam Books
Grand Central Publishing Henry Holt and Company Ballantine Books
Canongate Books Bell Bridge Books Tundra Books
WaterBrook Press The Permanent Press Del Rey
Doubleday Books Demos Medical Publishing Frog Legs Ink
PublicAffairs Hol Art Books PublishingWorks, Inc.
Hesperus Press Faber and Faber W.W. Norton
Hyperion Books Picador Seven Stories Press
HarperCollins Harper Paperbacks Avon Books
North Atlantic Books Pomegranate Wild Wolf Publishing
St. Martin’s Griffin Zed Books Chalice Press
Bantam Dell Candlewick MIRA
Chin Music Press Harlequin Teen

Labels: early reviewers

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Welcome Max and William!

Congratulations to John, LibraryThing’s systems administrator, and his wife Lou on their new twins, Max and William!

More photos here.

That both were boys is a surprise—the doctors had believed only one was a boy. (William was going to be Willow.) Together with Baz (5) and Ollie (3), John and Lou now have a four-boy family, and more opportunities for John to perfect his Spiderman cake!

There’s a best-wishes thread going here.

John’s twins are the first of four LibraryThing births coming up in the months ahead—Mike, Sonya and Chris Catalfo are next! They will join three, now five, other LibraryThing babies. There is clearly something in the water.

Labels: LibraryThing babies

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

March State o’ the Thing

I’ve just sent out State of the Thing, our monthly newsletter. Sign up to get it, or you can read a copy online.

This month’s State of the Thing features a round-up of new features, book recommendations from Dexter Palmer and Susan Wilson, and two exclusive author interviews:

Jonathan Maberry is the author of the techno-thriller Patient Zero. His new book, The Dragon Factory, is the sequel. Jonathan is a multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator, writing teacher/lecturer and LibraryThing author.

Seth Grahame-Smith broke onto the classics scene with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Now he’s taking on the biography genre with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. As we all know, Lincoln rises to political power to become one of the most famous presidents of all time for his fight against the injustice of slavery (and vampirism).

Next month our interviews are with Anne Lamott and Alan Bradley.

Labels: state of the thing

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Hobnob with Authors

After much discussion, we’ve introduced the Hobnob with Authors group, a special place for authors and readers to mingle.

Of course, authors are welcome everywhere on LibraryThing. Authors can become LibraryThing Authors, which links their author and member pages and promotes them on their books and on the home page. Many authors participate in Early Reviewers and Member Giveaways. And authors also participate in our existing groups. We even have a special Author Chat group for organized author events.

But, encouraged as they are, we’ve also found a certain amount of static between some authors’ desire to promote their work, and the tendency for that to seem one-way, non-conversational advertising or even spam, both of which are against the site’s Terms of Service. Confronted with the request to avoid promotion, many authors expressed surprise that a book site would hinder their efforts to reach potential readers. Members were in turn divided on just how serious the problem was, the line between acceptable and unacceptable author posts, etc. The situation was sticky all around!

So, Hobnob with Authors was born, a “safe place” for authors to chat with readers, without fear of being accused of spamming. While some standards will be enforced, no reasonable author need worry. As a “Community Project” the group is prominent, and its posts will appear in Talk alongside other groups. But sensitive members will also be able to “ignore” the “Hobnob” group.

So, authors, you’re now free to shout to the rooftops all about the book you write. Excited readers will be waiting to hear about it. Join, watch or just read Hobnob with Authors, and support authors who help make LibraryThing what it is.

Labels: author chat, authors, librarything authors

Monday, March 8th, 2010

March batch of Early Reviewer books is up!

The March 2010 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 82 books this month, and a grand total of 2,477 copies to give out.

First, make sure to sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing address and make sure it’s correct.

Then request away! The list of available books is here:
http://www.librarything.com/er/list

Update: You can now opt to win more than one book per batch. Read the details, and how to opt in.

The deadline to request a copy is Friday, March 26th at 6PM EST.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to too many countries to list. Make sure to check each book to see if you’re eligible.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

B&H Publishing Group North Atlantic Books Hunter House
Ballantine Books W.W. Norton Doubleday Canada
St. Martin’s Griffin Tundra Books Kregel Publications
Penguin Bell Bridge Books Putnam Books
Riverhead Books Human Kinetics BelleBooks
Bantam Dell Cemetery Dance John Wiley & Sons
Random House Henry Holt and Company Taylor Trade Publishing
Seven Stories Press New Village Press South Dakota State Historical Society Press
Gefen Publishing House Dalkey Archive Press QWERTY Publishers
HighBridge McBooks Press Rovira i Virgili University Press
McClelland & Stewart Orca Book Publishers Candlewick
Picador The Permanent Press HarperCollins
Doubleday Books HarperStudio Gotham Books
Quirk Books Avon Books Harper
Crossway MIRA HQN
100 Watt Press LUNA WaterBrook Press

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

March Legacy Mob: U.S.S. California

After the success of cataloging the 1963 White House Library, we’ve made it into a monthly thing.

This month, starting at 12:00 EST Wednesday, March 2, and continuing for 24 hours, we’re going to be cataloging the on-board library of the U.S.S. California, as it was in 1905.

This California‘s library catalog were written up and published by the Government Printing Office, and has been scanned by the Internet Archive. Designed to serve the California’s 830-odd officers and men—the libraries were separate—it offers a unique view of the navy of the time, and of the country. The ship, then rechristened the San Diego, its library, and six sailors, went to the bottom of the ocean in 1918, the victim of a German U-boat.

The “Legacy Mob” is an amalgam—a mashup?—of two LibraryThing inventions:

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