Friday, June 2nd, 2006

LibraryThing hits 3 million books

Another big milestone: LibraryThing hit 3,000,000 books today!

The pace is quickening. Fridays are the slowest days, but LibraryThing users still added 15,000 books to their catalogs—and 20,000 Thursday. I can’t pin this on any particular source—I even ended a brief experiment with Google ads—just the gradual lifting of boats from an increasingly viral site.

The three-millionth book was William Gibson’s Count Zero, added by bastardsnow at 3:45pm EST, and shared with 346 other LibraryThing members. Hey there—you now have a paid account!

For those keeping score at home, LibraryThing would now come in 79th on the American Library Association’s list of 100 largest US libraries, climbing 21 spots in 30 days. And yes, I know LibraryThing isn’t a library by the ALA’s definition, nor by many other definitions. Whatever it is—I’m pulling for a “republic”—it’s growing.

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