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Friday, October 19th, 2007

Pirates and haikus and contest winners

At long last, the contest winners!

Pirate book piles

I’m giving out two awards for the Talk Like a Pirate Day book pile contest, so congrats to
-Mr-Dustin-, with Treasure of Knowledge, and Emma*, for Here be Pirates—a delightful combination of books plus skull.

See other photos on Flickr, under the TLAPDLibraryThing tag, linked to in the comments of this blog post, or here on WikiThing.


Are pirate haikus
truly art? Or attempts to
bring meaning to bilge?

The age old question. Well, I love the LT haikus. More than words can describe. Especially now that I get emails which start “The haiku told me to email you about…” Priceless.

Here are a few of my favorites—gift memberships are winging their way to the authors of these gems.

But no one must see
all my birdwatching manuals!
Hide all your books here.

New to LibraryThing.
The day is gone. Tomorrow,
A new boss awaits.

Though ye sail under
many flags, your Tag Mirror
shows yer true colors.

Cutlass, cannon, argh!
The never-ending battle.
Splitters and lumpers.

Common Knowledge is
Uncommonly addictive
Leaves lie yet unraked

Look at all the LibraryThing Haikus on WikiThing—there’s help in haiku, general LT haikus, Library 2.0 haikus, and even Talk Like a Pirate Day themed ones.

Look, even Thomas Jefferson approves!

I delight, knowing
That my library lives on,
On the Internets.

*email me ( – I don’t know who to give the gift membership prize to!

Labels: book pile, contest

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Talk Like a Pirate Day. arrgh

Arrr, make me walk the plank, because I only just remembard that today’s a ‘ery important day. Aye, Talk Like a Pirate Day, o’ course. Ye’ll ne’er get me buried booty! (Luckily, I found a useful pirate-speak translator).

So let the fun begin with a couple of contests (as if the sheer glory of Talk Like a Pirate Day weren’t enough). This photo by Topper was last year’s winner of the Talk Like a Pirate Day bookpile contest, and we’re looking for this year’s! So, the first contest is a good old fashioned LibraryThing book pile contest.

Book pile contest: the rules

  1. Pile up your books. Be creative.
  2. Take a photo.
  3. Post the photo. You can do either of the following:
  4. Wait for us to crown a winner

the deadline: Wednesday, September 27th at noon EST (just over a week, so get cracking)

The second contest is a a haiku contest. One of the greatest things to come out of the launch of WikiThing (in my humble opinion) was the creation of help in the form of haiku. Started by tardis (a genius), LibraryThing Haikus now holds a place of honor on WikiThing, and has expanded to include not only Help, but also general LT haikus, and Library 2.0 haikus.

Haiku help contest: the rules

  1. Write a haiku. Or seven.
  2. Post them to the LibraryThing Haikus page on WikiThing.

the deadline: well, you can keep adding them forever, but we’ll pick a few winners at the end of the month.

Here’s a few for inspiration.

How to create
account? Put user name and password
in green box on home page

Can we have wishlists?
Yes, they are coming to us
with the winter winds…

All the books you’ve read,
an endless field of poppies;
Try UnSuggester!

Bonus points for combining haiku, LibraryThing help, and Talk Like a Pirate Day. Tim’s attempt (note he even respects the generic weather rule):

When autumn seas change
Scurvy dogs to lubbers, aye,
Get a blog widget.

PRIZES: Yes. There will be prizes, for both contests. Possibly in the form of buried treasure, possibly in the form of gift accounts.

Labels: book pile, contest, haiku, talk like a pirate day, wikithing

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Harry Potter book pile contest winners

Thanks to everyone for entering the Harry Potter book pile contest, and providing me with yet another incredibly creative batch of entries (you certainly don’t make judging easy!)*

The winner! j2.0 (janetmck on Flickr), with the aptly named “Parceltongue?” gets a $50 gift certificate to use at a bookstore of their choice.

Second prize—and a lifetime gift membership—goes to ellen.w (et al.), with proof that reading is social :)

And because there were just too many great entries, I’m also giving annual memberships to 5** runners up—pictured below.***

amarie with the Weasley clock bookpile.

Sabrinanymph with
“McGonagall goes after the quill”.

Jenglo with
“…he who shall not be named…”

Hogwarts student’s desk

And lastly, playful, who reminds us that there is life (and indeed, books!) beyond Harry Potter…

Stay tuned, we’ll announce the winners of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows review contest soon.

You can see all of the entries under the LibraryThingHarryPotter tag on Flickr, and check out our own book pile archive for all the past contest winners.

*I blame the delay in posting the winners entirely on J.K. Rowling. After finishing book 7, I had to go back and re-read 1-7 again (thus cutting into my nightly work hours).
**For a total of seven winners—coincidence? I think not.
**Email me ( to claim your prizes! Oh, and include your LT user names so I can update this post with the right attributions…

Labels: book pile, contest, harry potter

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Harry Potter book piles

Just a reminder, you’ve still got a few hours to post your photos for the Harry Potter book pile contest

The submissions so far (plus some more listed in the comments of this blog post).

Labels: book pile, contest, harry potter

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Harry Potter book pile contest

You probably already know that the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling will be released at 12:01 a.m. on July 21. (I love that so many bookstores have midnight parties).

Of course, we’re going to celebrate LibraryThing style, with a book pile contest.

So gather all your wizard and wizardry books (head to Diagon Alley for any supplies you’re missing), pile on the creativity, and take a photo.

The rules.
1. Take a photo of your books.
2. Post the photo to Flickr. You’ll need a Flickr account to do this (it’s easy and free).
3. Tag your photo on Flickr with “LibraryThingHarryPotter
4. If your photo doesn’t show up right away on Flickr’s tag page (a problem if you have a new account), then post a link in the comments of this blog post. We’ll make sure to find it.

The prizes
First prize—$50 to use on Amazon or
Second prize—Free lifetime membership on LibraryThing

The deadline
July 31, 2007 (so you’ll have plenty of time to actually read the book too.)

And once your photo is submitted, don’t worry, the fun isn’t over. There’s plenty of Harry Potter games, discussion, and speculation happening in the Groups.

Join the Hogwarts Express group to discuss all things Potter. Or check out the Watching Harry Potter 7 topic to weigh in on the following:

1. How long will it take to break 10000 copies on LT?
2. How long will it take to become number 1?
3. How many copies are going to be listed in LT the day BEFORE the book is released?

Enjoy! (And remember, if you’re sharing your copy, read fast so the second person doesn’t have to wait too long…)

Labels: book pile, contest, harry potter

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Book pile winner

Sorry for the delay in posting this, I was trying to give the job posting as much time as possible on top. So go read it again. Forward to your friends and get $1,000 worth of books. Come work with us, we’re fun.

Now that that’s out of the way, onto business.

Once upon a time, LibraryThing had a bad couple of days. Bad for everything, it seems, except book piles. We got a *huge* response to our impromptu contest to find a new book pile to grace what we call “the down page”—what becomes the homepage when the site is down, for whatever reason.

The sheer number of entries was astounding. Clearly the lesson to be learned here is that you all have a lot of free time on your hands when you can’t be on LT. Logically, we should bring the site down everytime we do a book pile contest in the future. Right? :)

Without further ado, the winning pile, which will now live on our down page—here’s hoping we rarely see it!

The Paradox of LibraryThing by adamallen

A few other favorites, ranging from philosophy to dispair…

The poignant Wish You Were Here by Lilithcat
Oh so subtle
From Blue Screen to Death Notes…
Fix-it by Staffordcastle (let’s just hope that home plumbing never comes into it).
A Series of Unfortunate Events
And if there was ever doubt that a picture is worth a thousand words…

You can see the rest of the incredible photos here:, and a colorful selection of them in this blog post.

Make sure to check out past winners in the book pile archive. We’ll announce the next contest soon..

Labels: book pile

Friday, June 15th, 2007

A selection of down-pile photos

A small slice of the many photographs submitted for our “down” book-pile contest (see announcement). Many more can be seen at:

I love all the variants. Despair, love, criticism, encouragement, piles, jumbles, structures, balls of yarn, cats, babies. You people are amazing. When I talk about LibraryThing I like to say that it’s 10% software and 90% the community that’s grown up around it. I just realized another reason that’s good—you people don’t go down.

Labels: book pile

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Cooking bookpile winners

We had a lot of fantastic and inventive entries for the Cooking bookpile contest—thank you all!

Our first prize winner, who gets $100 to use on is Featherbooks, with “Cookbooks on Ice“—did you have no food, or did you clean out your fridge especially to take a picture? Impressive either way…

Second prize, and recipient of a free lifetime membership to LibraryThing is
I heart cooking & Librarything!” (Who are you? Email so I can send along your lifetime membership!)

And of course, a few more notable entries for your viewing pleasure… (All of them can be seen here).

“Eating History”, by Selkie—oh, the wit :)

“Which book doesn’t fit?” Um, can I guess “Game is Good Eating”?

“I’m an eclecticook.” (A dinner party I’d certainly like an invitation to).

Sing it with me: “I’m gonna wash those books right out of my shelf”

A dream game of Clue: “Elmo in the dining room with a Sweet Potato”. Fantastic. In oh so so many ways. (There were two other ways that Elmo kicked it, also worth checking out).

The oh so elegant “Afternoon Tea Cookbooks 2″ by staffordcastle

Cookbooks from around the world, by MMcM

And last, but certainly not least… “Cook(ed) books” by tanja

Labels: book pile

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Cooking book pile contest

Our newest book pile contest theme is cooking.* For something new, we’re teaming with Abebooks. They’re co-sponsoring the contest, and offering a fantastic grand prize—$100 to use on See their announcement of the contest here.

Without further ado…

The rules
1. Take a photo of your books. Be creative and inspired! Remember, the theme is cooking.
2. Post the photo to Flickr. You’ll need a Flickr account to do this (it’s easy and free).
3. Tag your photo on Flickr with “LibraryThingAbeBooks”

The prizes
First prize—$100 to use on
Second prize—Free lifetime membership on LibraryThing

The deadline
May 15, 2007

Special note on Flickr—photos from new accounts don’t always show up on the global tag page right away. If your photo isn’t showing up here, you can always post the URL in the comments to this blog post, we’ll make sure to find it.

Need inspiration? Check out the book pile archive for past winners, or Abebooks’ new “Books for Cooks” section.

*Maybe it’s that my recent move unearthed all the fancy but long-forgotten kitchen tools, or maybe it’s that I just read Julie and Julia,** but I’m in the mood to cook lately.
**The book that introduced me to the concept of aspics. Never have I been more glad to be a vegetarian…

Labels: book pile

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Winners of the March bookpile contest

Finally! Sorry for the delay in posting the winners to March’s bookpile contests*. The challenge was a pile to do with spring, Women’s History Month, or Small Press Month. And trust me, I needed the extra time, it was hard to pick from all the incredible pictures!

And without further delay, the winner (who gets a $50 gift certificate to Abebooks) is…**

Goodsoul (Flickr user PhotoSensate) wins for this mother-inspired book pile. It’s fantastic. I say no more, you must go read the description yourselves.

The runners up, who each receive an annual membershp to LibraryThing, are:

Runner up one. How could you not love Pesky Library’s contribution: Spring Chicks dig Chick Lit!

For runner up number two, by vonlafin I loved this spring greenhouse photo—and nothing says spring like dirt!

I’ve added a third runner-up, just for this last photo, about all the projects planned for spring, from dieting to gardening to learning Italian to reading in a hammock. I love it.

There were just too many good entries to display just the winners, so here are a few more favorites.

HerStory was very creative, and full of history!

“What we call women” by roseread is a really neat look at book titles…

And lastly, a shout-out to our only submission featuring small press books, by leennnadine.

See most of the entries here, and the rest are linked to in the comments to this blog post.

Be watching for our next contest, which is a big one…

*I was dealing with my own personal book-piling (rather, piling boxes of books), since I spent the last week moving into a new apartment.
**All winners, please email me so I can pass along the prizes! ( Actually, if I’ve posted a picture of your bookpile, email me with your LT user name, so I can include it in the blog post!

Labels: book pile