Archive for November, 2016

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!


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.


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 has been EXTENDED until Monday, December 12th at 1pm 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!


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 (not, .ca, etc.), you can elect to receive your SantaThing gifts as Kindle ebooks. See more information about Kindle and SantaThing here.


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!


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 You’re also always welcome to reach us at

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