Monday, August 29th, 2005

LibraryThing “beta”

After a few weeks of development, LibraryThing is ready for public “beta” release.

When I worked in educational software, betas were suspect. Giving one to a customer would have probably been a firing offense. Google and Flickr have broken that taboo, and even given the term bleeding-edge chic. This is particularly amusing as “beta” means essentially the same thing as “under construction,” now as repellent thirty-somethings with Razor scooters.

What LibraryThing’s “beta” means:

  • Features are still being added. The user-to-user features aren’t fully developed. It makes no sense to find your closest “library match” when there are three libraries in the system.
  • I’m listening. Tell me what you like, what you don’t like, what you find confusing, etc. Post them here as comments, or email me at
  • I’m giving away memberships. I’m giving away memberships to anyone I think will use it well, and might tell others about it. Mostly these are library blogers. Are you one? Let me know.

That’s it for now. Enjoy!

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  1. Mark Halpern says:

    I want to create a catalog of my own 5000+ books, mainly for my own use. MY entries must be of my own design. I would like it to run under Windows 10. Is LibraryThing suitable? If so, how do I get started? Where will I find the fullest source of information on building a catalog? Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Mark! LibraryThing very well may be a good solution for your library needs. You may want to check out our Short Overview of LibraryThing here: We also have a Frequently Asked Questions page for the site ( which you might find helpful. And, as far as getting your library cataloged on LibraryThing, please review our Help page on the various ways you can add books (or other media) to your LibraryThing account:¬†

      I hope this information helps. Please let us know if there’s anything else we can do!

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