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gen. 17, 2016, 1:13pm

I'm seeing a few book/review questions over in the groups thread, so I decided I'd make a thread for those.

gen. 17, 2016, 1:14pm

I posted this in the "my profile" thread, but it seems it might be better to have a separate thread for that.

So, here is one tip:

I wanted to let people know that you can give 1/2 stars here at LibraryThing. It's a bit "funny" the way to do it. I had to ask someone, but I suspect some (many?) of you might be interested in this feature.

When you are clicking on the stars to rate them, just click twice in a row on the star just above where you want to rate. So, if you want to give 4.5 stars, click twice in succession on the 5 stars.

gen. 17, 2016, 1:15pm

>2 LibraryCin: To add to this, MarthaJeanne, in the other thread also mentioned that if you click a third time, it will clear your stars.

gen. 17, 2016, 3:40pm

I brought my books over but they came without covers any ideas?

Editat: gen. 17, 2016, 3:42pm

Covers aren't imported, you'll need to go choose your covers from the work pages.

Amazon covers aren't recommended, they are attached to ISBNs and will change your ISBN if the cover isn't connected to the one on your book. Their covers can also randomly change, if a publisher makes a new printing with the same ISBN and a different cover.
If there's not a member uploaded cover that matches yours, you can always add it yourself, either photographing/scanning your copy and uploading, or finding it online.

gen. 17, 2016, 3:42pm

how do I do that?

gen. 17, 2016, 3:44pm

Shucks too slow, lol, I just added a bit of info to my post. xP

When you go to the book page, on the left nav area there's a link to Change cover. :)

gen. 17, 2016, 3:47pm

Ok, copying over from the Groups thread, as it pertains more to people's individual books/shelves/profile:

Yesterday, 3:05pm Top

>1 LibraryCin: LibraryCin: Cin, do you know how to batch edit? All my books dumped into the my library collection and didn't retain their read, currently reading, tbr status. I want to fix that but I don't have the time to do it one by one.

Yesterday, 3:09pm Top

>8 LibraryCin: Mootastic1: Batch editing is done via power edit mode, the little lightning bolt icon in Your books (click it again to exit).

gen. 17, 2016, 3:51pm

Also copied from another thread, re: adding reviews:

Edited: Today, 9:38am Top

I know of three places you can enter your review. It should work, but if you are having trouble one place, maybe try another.

1) I don't use the catalogue page for editing, but I know that gives problems on at least some touchscreens.

2) The reviews page.

3) The edit book page.

Just tested 2 and 3 with my iPad, and they both worked.

gen. 17, 2016, 3:52pm

One more question/answer from the Groups thread that might fit better here:

Today, 10:08am Top

I looked up on google and it said there is an icon to delete duplicats of books but I can't find it. Has anyone else seen it?

Edited: Today, 10:16am Top

An icon? No. But if you go on your profile under your Stats/memes you can see the list of your work dupes.

gen. 17, 2016, 3:55pm

I went to my book page...please explain again how to acquire my covers

gen. 17, 2016, 4:00pm

On the left side of the book page is a list of links, the 2nd one is "Change cover." Click that, and then choose the appropriate cover.
If you hover them, then you can click to see them larger and make sure that they're the one you want.

gen. 17, 2016, 4:03pm

>11 pennsylady: For instance, this page takes you to changing the cover for Poirot's Early Cases.

gen. 17, 2016, 4:11pm

mine has a note
Member-uploaded covers (0) with each book

No covers
Covers from Amazon (0)

No covers to choose from

gen. 17, 2016, 4:15pm

Something weird is going on on your end... I doubt if this is anything I can help with, but just for kicks, what browser & OS are you on?

gen. 17, 2016, 4:16pm

Firefox and I finally got one to load thanks

gen. 17, 2016, 4:24pm

I've noticed that several shelfari refugees have some books that came through with mangled authors. These books will not have combined into the general work, making it quite unlikely that there will be good covers available. If there is an ISBN there should be an Amazon cover, but there won't be any member covers.

gen. 17, 2016, 5:12pm

Yeah it seems their fields may be a bit misplaced somehow, in one of the threads here someone mentioned that things went all in the wrong fields. But I know in Pennsy's case at least they didn't all mess up at least, since I saw we had a handful of books in common.

gen. 18, 2016, 10:09pm

Rock With Wings, Anne Hillerman

* * *

I'm trying to still figure this out.....

Jim Chee & Bernadette Manuelito have come back from their "honeymoon", to go out to Monument Valley to help Jim's cousin who is in the process of setting up a guided tour business.

While there, Chee is called in to locate a missing woman from a movie set and ends up w/ a murder and and unexplained many years old mystery.

Bernie stops and arrests a suspicious driver who offers her a bribe... only to find the FBI are very interested in this man....

Bernie's sister is a major piece of work & disappears often, leaving their ailing mother alone...

Lieutenant Leaphorn is recovering from a bullet to the head and learning to communicate via computer (word programs).... he is asked by both Chee & Bernie to help with their respective cases...

It took me quite awhile to finish this book. It did not really hold my interest, too much going on in too many different places with too many people.

gen. 18, 2016, 10:10pm

Shroud for a Nightingale, P.D. James

2016 Challenge: "A book you put down & didn't finish"

★ ★

Now I remember why I put this book down... The opening was boring and I just didn't care but I needed a book for the challenge.....

Two young nursing students are murdered... They were not particularly well liked and one was a self-righteous petty blackmailer. Called in to investigate Inspector Dagliesh has his work cut out for him..... for there are many other victims besides the two poisoned nurses and many people jousting for positions of power.

I couldn't keep the characters straight as many were on the peripheral and mentioned in passing and for the most part, I didn't care about the rest. They were not nice or likable people and I found Inspector Dagliesh tedious as well.

gen. 18, 2016, 10:30pm

>19 Auntie-Nanuuq: and >20 Auntie-Nanuuq: Hi, Nanuuq! I wasn't thinking of sharing our reviews here. I was just posting tips.

Now, maybe I should ask if people want me to start a review thread? There's no focus or topic with this group for books/reviews. Our commonality is that we emigrated from shelfari, but if people want to share reviews here...

Anyone want to weigh in?

I don't think I want to "promote" specific groups in this group, but if anyone sends me a message to my profile, I can fill you in on a few groups I'm in. I'm sure there a lot more that I'm not a part of that would be of interest to people, as well!

Nanuuq, don't forget that you can "link" the title of your book to the book page when you are posting in a discussion thread. I think I explained it in the "groups" thread, but basically it's called a "touchstone". Instructions on that are immediately to the right of the text box you type your post into.

gen. 19, 2016, 4:31am

There's nothing wrong with sharing groups you're fond of, or with folks asking "I'm interested in XYZ, are there good groups for that?" and so forth.

gen. 19, 2016, 9:50pm

How long does it take to get all your books imported into Libarything..

gen. 19, 2016, 9:52pm

>24 Lindz2012: I started my import one evening last week and my books had all transferred here by the next morning.

gen. 20, 2016, 2:52am

It depends on how many books, and how backed up the queue is. Since there are a fair amt of Shelfari folks testing the waters here, in addition to any other random importing being done, it can wind up with a little backlog. If it seems stalled you can send an email or post in one of the standing groups to ask about it and make sure things are running smoothly.

gen. 20, 2016, 11:40am

Heavens, it says I have close to 600 multiples. I some when I type in the title in search for them it says I have 0. Librarything is was complex.

gen. 20, 2016, 11:46am

>27 blueberry: The good news is that you don't have a lot of singletons, that number shouldn't go up much when those are combined.

gen. 20, 2016, 11:56am

>27 blueberry: You might want to retry your searching. Just searching for the first two titles in your work duplicates page shows you definitely have dupes.

Having said that, I didn't check anything else...and you did say "some." Just be sure you are searching "All Collections " (upper left drop down) when searching for dupes. That's usually how I end up with dupes.

gen. 20, 2016, 1:31pm

>27 blueberry:

Most of your duplicates - most of your books, for that matter - are in your 'series' Collection and not in 'Your Library', which LT tends to use as the default. As lesmel says, make sure you're searching "All Collections".

gen. 23, 2016, 3:46am

Chomp, Carl Hiaasen

2016 Challenge: Book I've Been Meaning to Read

★ ★ ★ ★

What an enchanting read.....

I ♥ most all of Hiaasen's work: he's honest, irreverent, funny, and takes a look at real environmental issues.

Wahoo & his father have a wildlife rescue center in their backyard.... His father has recently suffered a concussion from a frozen iguana that fell out of a tree, and now has headaches & sees double.....

They are approached by a reality t.v. show that wants to hire them & their alligator for an Everglades episode.

The star of the t.v. show is a total egotistical fake with ideas of grandeur. While filming w/ Alice the tame alligator, the star decides to hop on Alice's back and ends up going for a wild ride...

Soon all are on their way to an Everglades tour site, with the addition of Tuna, a run-away schoolmate of Wahoo's whose father has blackened her eye.

When her father shows up, even more madcap madness abounds.

Well written, fast paced , and entertaining... a good read for pre-teens.

gen. 23, 2016, 3:51am

Sorry Cin:

If we are not going to have a Thread/Discussion where we post reviews, then I need to ask:

Why are we here?

This other thing about linking to other pages is confusing..... I am retired, I'm on other book places and I don't want to have to work to figure this place out.

If it isn't easy, then I'm sorry to say, I'm not going to be bothered. Reading & sharing should be enjoyable not a hassle.

gen. 23, 2016, 3:55am

Well most of us don't find LT "a hassle," we find it a most excellent place. There is always a learning curve with anything new.

Cin made the group for people to come and talk, see familiar faces, and ask questions about how LT works, since it is new and there's lots of things here. Help is always nice.

gen. 23, 2016, 3:56am

gen. 23, 2016, 1:21pm

>32 Auntie-Nanuuq: I started this particular group so shelfarians who are here can find each other and ask questions.

There are lots of groups here already where you can join and post reviews. I can't recall which thread (in this group), but there have been a number of group suggestions made to people who have asked. I suspect you are looking for a "general" group like that, and I believe Melissa has asked about that, so there are a few answers to that question already. I do hope that helps for you wanting to post reviews. (I get that! I like posting/sharing my reviews, too. If you want me to, I can also PM you with some of the groups I'm in, but - at least the ones I'm active in - are either challenge groups or Canadian. :-) )

I will admit that LT is confusing, especially when starting out. That's (in part) why I started this group. So, people could ask questions and maybe feel more comfortable doing it with mostly other shelfarians around. (Though I am grateful that other LTers have jumped in to help answer things I can't answer.)

gen. 23, 2016, 2:48pm

My books transferred fine from Shelfari, but none of the dates I completed my books show up on my librarything shelf. Help...

gen. 24, 2016, 4:59pm

Hi all,
I am wondering if anyone can help me. I imported all my books over from Shelfari but when I did so they all came in under one place and didn't separate out into "read" "currently reading" or "to read." The problem is I don't see any option under my collections. I click the folder file and get "your library" "wish list" Currently reading" "to read" "read but unowned" and "favorites" but no option for plain old "read"

Does anyone know how to help me fix this? This is true when I access the individual book or the "all collections" drop down menu.

Editat: gen. 24, 2016, 5:37pm

>37 JenPrim: It's odd.

I just wanted to add that I've tried talking Jen through finding where to mark a book "read", but she really doesn't seem to have the option! She could always "edit collections" and add a "read" shelf, but "Read" should be one of the main options, so we decided she should ask for help to get that fixed instead of setting up a "band aid" solution.

Editat: gen. 24, 2016, 5:49pm

"Read" isn't a default collection on LT (although I can't imagine why it isn't). If you want a "read" collection, you have to go to collections drop down menu, choose "edit collections" down at the bottom, and click on "add new collection" in the popup menu. Once you've created the collection, use power edit--the little lightning bolt icon--to add your books to the collection in bulk.

gen. 24, 2016, 6:33pm

>39 amanda4242: Thank you! I honestly don't remember having to do that when I joined LT!

gen. 24, 2016, 6:54pm

>36 Judy_Ryfinski:

Sorry for the inconvenience. Will take a look at this issue.

gen. 25, 2016, 11:44am

>36 Judy_Ryfinski: The 'date read' import issue has been fixed.
Now, all the dates from the 'Date Read' column will be imported from your Shelfari file.

Editat: feb. 8, 2016, 1:37pm

Whoops, my mistake :) I'm talking out the review now, finally.

gen. 29, 2016, 8:15am

>1 LibraryCin:
Cin ... maybe you want to change the TITLE of this thread to "questions about books/reviews"

gen. 29, 2016, 8:44am

You can't change thread titles once they're made, only edit posts. (Okay technically there's a couple mins of a window when you initially create the thread during which it can be edited, but, that's it.)

gen. 29, 2016, 6:33pm

>45 .Monkey.:
Well that's a real shame ...

gen. 29, 2016, 6:58pm

The point is not to confuse people who are participating in the topic by having the title change.

gen. 29, 2016, 8:48pm

>44 BookConcierge: Yeah, I hadn't thought that far ahead when I named it! And, yes, I would have changed the name after Nanuuq's reviews if I could have! I did send Karin a P.M., though.

gen. 30, 2016, 9:03pm

Does anyone know how to clear a rating? Thanks!

gen. 30, 2016, 10:24pm

Tapping once rates the book, tapping twice gives it a half star, tapping three times clears it.

gen. 30, 2016, 11:26pm

Thank you. Im sure someone recently mentioned that, too, and id already forgotten!

gen. 31, 2016, 4:45pm

On the page where you edit info about individual books, what is the drop down of numbers next to the book's title for? It doesn't seem to matter what I put there because it doesn't show up on any of the other pages...

gen. 31, 2016, 5:02pm

>52 MelanieTid: It's not meant to. It's for alpha-sorting the title correctly. In other languages with different articles, the system doesn't know not to sort them by the first letter of the first word (e.g. "Die" in a German title) and needs to be told where it ought to start.

gen. 31, 2016, 9:11pm

Oh, okay! That makes sense.

feb. 8, 2016, 1:40pm

Is there a way to combine multiple entries of the exact same book? Or an easy way to request this right from the listings of the title? By that I mean two entries for a title in hardback that only came out in 2015, so there aren't two different editions or even printings yet of this title. I'm guessing that audiobooks and paperbacks are kept separately more like at a library rather than combined as we did on Shelfari. Is that so?

Editat: feb. 8, 2016, 2:14pm

No, there is no editions level, all copies of the same work are a single work. What it's created on has no bearing, same for language. The only reason copies of the same work are separate is if the content is different, e.g. abridged, or annotated (with significant material, not just a few notes). If you have copies of titles that are not combined, there are various ways to do it. It can be simple, listed in the "combine/separate potentials" link under "editions," or from the author page, or occasionally it takes a little more work. You can go to the Combiners group to ask for assistance with that.

I'm going through combining a bunch of your singletons now ;)

feb. 8, 2016, 2:46pm

>55 Karin7: I've worked on some of your singletons. Because you had Amazon listed as your source, a lot of the older books have rather peculiar titles and authors listed, so the combining is rather more work than >56 .Monkey.: mentions.

feb. 8, 2016, 3:35pm

A bunch were simple ones, others took more work. I am off to do other things now, I'll leave any left to you! xD

feb. 19, 2016, 12:03pm

Some of these book shouldn't have come over. They were hidden on my Shelfari shelf; they were only on it so I could do some Shelfari edits when I was doing a lot of editing there. Had I realized every KJV I ever edited was going to move (didn't even think about it!) I'd have eliminated them before the transfer. Normally, I only wanted one copy of each title showing on my shelf.

feb. 19, 2016, 1:13pm

Well if you're sure you don't want them, you can use the power edit while searching the appropriate key words, and delete all but the one(s) you want to retain.

març 1, 2016, 7:12pm

Thanks, I'll have to do that.

juny 6, 2016, 5:54am

I've just imported my LM export, and none of my reviews have come through - anyone else had this issue?

juny 6, 2016, 8:29pm

>62 jkdavies: I did my export/import from shelfari (a few years back), so I can't help. Come to think of it, I don't think my reviews came through then via shelfari, either. I've been s.l.o.w.l.y. copying/pasting. Maybe someone else has tried via Leafmarks...

juny 6, 2016, 9:13pm

Oh hurrah! My books transferred over and my new shelf is lovely! I'll spend time familiarizing myself with its many features.

The thing I notice right off was that some of my most recent reviews (Lord of Light, for example) did not translate over to LT. Is there a delay somewhere? Perhaps I'm too wordy??

Also, several of my books are showing as being in multiple categories (Wishlist, Read, TBR). Is this a glitch?

Thank you! I can breathe again!

juny 6, 2016, 9:16pm

Oh no, wait. Only about half my books came over, and they all have the "TBR" and "Read" tag. LM shows 421 books, and here I show 256 (both read and unread).

Anything I need to re-download and then upload?

juny 6, 2016, 9:43pm

>65 threadnsong: I'll take a closer look at your import tomorrow. Right off the bat, I've noticed that there's a bit of a discrepancy between when I'm receiving the "import completed" notification email, and when the import actually finishes. It's possible some of yours are still in process.

juny 7, 2016, 12:00am

Ah, got it. That makes sense. I'll wait on your expertise with great thanks.

juny 7, 2016, 2:18pm

>67 threadnsong: Nope, that didn't seem to be the case. We're still working at figuring out where the import went wrong—I'll post updates here, and we'll get you squared away!

juny 7, 2016, 8:26pm

Thank you thank you thank you!

juny 15, 2016, 1:51pm

>69 threadnsong: Sorry for the delay on this. We've finally got a streamlined, Leafmarks-specific import in place:

For your case, I'd recommend either deleting what books initially imported (you'll get better data with the new import), or, when editing your import options, selecting a different, currently empty import collection to import to this time around. That way, if there are any issues, we'll be able to isolate the new import from the old.

The only issue that has persisted with your particular import (I tested your specific file a few times) is that some of your books are missing authors. This is a larger issue with our import system, which relies on Amazon for certain bits of data (like authors). Amazon is missing authors for the ISBNs in question. However, it hasn't been a widespread issue—the vast majority of your authors do import successfully—and I'm afraid the author issue isn't one we can fix quickly or easily. It would take a few weeks, minimum.

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juny 16, 2016, 5:52pm

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
3.5/5 stars

The story of a English professor of creative writing and told through his memos and letters that he writes as recommendations for students and colleagues. Dark, funny and a little bit sad. He contends that nobody reads the recommendations so he writes in them how he really feels. I enjoyed it. Fast read.

juny 17, 2016, 9:41pm

Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
by Alan Cumming
5/5 stars

This is the unbelievable story of the relationship between Alan Cumming and his father. Not a complete biography but Cumming's writes about life growing up in Scotland, his family and about secrets that are revealed when he agrees to be on the show Who Do Think You Are? Could not put this down.

juny 18, 2016, 5:20am

>75 JulieLill: This book turns up again and again on top 10 lists. I thought he was a footballer!

juny 18, 2016, 1:32pm

Hi lorannen,

Thank you so much for all your work on this issue.

I'm on-line for a little while so I'll delete my initial import of books and go to the link you provided to re-download my books from Leafmarks.

Can't wait to get back on and add some reviews and updates!

juny 18, 2016, 1:45pm

Speaking of reviews and updates, can I also add those to my new LT profile?

BTW, I was able to successfully follow the steps (thanks for the screenshots - that was a huge help) and now my books are importing, all 422 of them, into LT. Woo-hoo!

juny 18, 2016, 1:59pm

>78 threadnsong: What exactly do you mean, add them to your new profile?

juny 18, 2016, 2:09pm

Just realized that I made a mistake in word choice. What I *meant* to say was, "Can I add reviews and updates once my new upload has happened on my LT profile?"

juny 18, 2016, 2:59pm

Ahh, I see. But, yes of course, why would you think otherwise? That's what your catalog is there for! :)

juny 19, 2016, 12:42pm

>73 Juan-banjo:
>74 JulieLill:
This thread isn't really for sharing your book reviews. It's a help thread for people having issues with importing their book reviews or having questions about how to post new reviews to their shelves.

However ... I really like your reviews!

juny 19, 2016, 2:12pm

>82 BookConcierge: Thanks for catching that, BC!

I know, I should have chosen better titles when I posted the threads! Oops! A few people have done that, now. Unfortunately, I am not able to change the titles of the threads!

juny 19, 2016, 7:29pm

>82 BookConcierge:
>83 LibraryCin:
Sorry, I should of caught on...Thanks for letting me know...

juny 19, 2016, 10:15pm

I saw some book reviews here so I just started doing that- all this moving has confused that heck out of me so I am finally getting the gist of everything.

Editat: juny 19, 2016, 11:53pm

>84 Juan-banjo: >85 JulieLill: No worries at all!

juny 27, 2016, 1:09pm

Does anyone know how to add a date read from before 2005? Looking at where I can enter that, the calendar only goes back so far, and I'm not sure how to enter a year from before then.

Thanks so much!

juny 27, 2016, 1:26pm

>87 LibraryCin: 2005 is when LibraryThing began, which is, I think, why the calendar only goes that far back. That said, you can absolutely enter in previous dates manually, rather than clicking the calendar icon. Just make sure they're in MM/DD/YYYY format!

juny 27, 2016, 4:57pm

>88 lorannen: Perfect - thank you! That makes sense, the calendar year being when LT started.

juny 29, 2016, 5:17pm

>88 lorannen:
lorannen ... when I go to enter it asks for YYYY/MM/DD
I'm okay doing it that way, but it sure is an adjustment from how I typically enter dates here in the US of A.
Is there a setting that I'm missing to enter as MM/DD/YYYY?

Editat: juny 29, 2016, 7:11pm

>90 BookConcierge: Where exactly are you seeing this? There are a few date fields on LT, and I believe some of the older ones may ask for YYYY/MM/DD, but the pop-up boxes for reading dates ("Date started" and "Date finished," respectively) model it as MM/DD/YYYY.

ETA: I forgot there was a setting for this, I'm sorry! Here's where you can adjust your date format:

Editat: juny 29, 2016, 6:57pm

>91 lorannen: When I click on the Date Started and Date Finished fields in my catalog, the suggested entry style is D-MM-YYYY, although I've noticed it will parse many things such as "feb 19" or "yesterday" or whatever, and put it into that format.

I have a vague memory that what format these dates display in is a user-customizable setting, but I may be breathing in too many paint fumes from my landlord's repainting of the hallway outside my apartment.

Edited to add: If I go to my Home page, click the Settings button, and look at the options under Account Settings, there is a place to specify preferred display style of dates. It's not clear to me which dates that refers to — but post dates here in Talk do not follow the format I have set, which leads me to believe they may be for reading dates and perhaps other things?

juny 29, 2016, 7:11pm

>92 rosalita: Aha, thanks! I should have thought to dig around in settings. I'd forgotten about that, since I selected by preferred date format years ago.

You're correct—Talk date formats aren't customizable, but stuff in your catalog is! Here's the link to the Account Settings page:

jul. 1, 2016, 11:56pm

>91 lorannen:
THANK YOU - many more settings that just MM DD YYYY vs YYYY MM DD .... what to choose? Hmmmm