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LibraryThing.com

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments · tools

I have been struggling to keep track of my books. My fairly large library was becoming unmanageable. I have books on the shelves, books on the tables, books by my bed, books at work and still more in my car. I was losing track of what I have. Recently, I have discovered LibraryThing.com. You can type on ISBN, import your Amazon order history or digg list, or even scan in the ISBN with a $15 :cuecat scanner. Never again will I buy a book that I already have! As of today, the system has 364,361 users and 23,966,692 cataloged books. I was quite encouraged to discover that Shakespeare is #7 on the list of authors by the number of copies owned – behind J.K. Rowling and Stephen King, of course.  

  But Jane Austen is # 8!  And William Faulkner actually made the Top 75 list.

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