Archive for July, 2017

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Group Read: Homo Deus

We’re back for another round of the site-wide group read, One LibraryThing, One Book (OLOB).

With Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, we’re venturing into new territory for OLOB—non-fiction! We’ve been talking about tackling a non-fiction book for a group read for some time now, and we think this is a pick that will inspire lively discussion.


For the uninitiated, here’s how One LibraryThing, One Book works.

We want to give everyone ample time to acquire and read the book, so discussion will start four weeks from today, on Monday, August 21st at 9am Eastern.

Prior to August 21st, we ask that members not create any new Talk topics for Homo Deus. On/after the 21st, go right ahead!


If you have any questions about One LibraryThing, One Book, or want to see what we’ve read in the past, check out our OLOB blog archive.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to post them in the One LibraryThing, One Book group, or drop me a line at

Labels: One LibraryThing One Book, reading

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Your Library in Dewey

We’ve made a handy graphical way to see how your library matches up with Dewey®.

The Dewey Decimal System®, also called the Dewey Decimal Classification® (DDC)—called the “Melvil Decimal System” on LibraryThing for legal reasons—is the classification used by most public libraries, especially in the US. First developed in 1876, it divides the world into ten major categories 0-9. Each of these are further subdivided 0-9 again, twice, yielding a number between 000 and 999. Further division is accomplished by adding a decimal point (.) and adding more decimals. It’s imperfect, but it’s simple—and it’s everywhere.

Here’s what it looks like on the top level. I have a lot of history and religion. True enough.

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Here’s one level down. Did someone say “occult”?
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Here’s what it looks like posted to Facebook:
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“Dewey,” “Dewey Decimal,” “Dewey Decimal Classification” and “DDC” are registered trademarked of OCLC, an Ohio-based library cartel.

Labels: classification, new features

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

July 2017 Early Reviewers

Win free books from the June 2017 batch of Early Reviewers titles! We’ve got 64 books this month, and a grand total of 1,850 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, July 31st 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!

Candlewick Press Faber & Faber USA Tundra Books
World Weaver Press Oneworld Publications Beacon Press
City Owl Press Tule Publishing Revell
Coral Press William Morrow Heritage Books
Harper Perennial Five Directions Press Candlewick Entertainment
Tantor Media HighBridge Audio Ballantine Books
Symmetry Press LLC John Ott Sinful Press
Gefen Publishing House Avery Mirror World Publishing
Akashic Books Eerdmans Books for Young Readers BookViewCafe
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Apex Publications Dog Star Books
Raw Dog Screaming Press JME Books

Labels: early reviewers, LTER