Other sites I joined because of LT
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I also find that people with libraries I admire often participate in sites I like as well, so I follow a few of their suggestions in their profiles and such.
So far, off the top of my head:
I'm not normally so much of a follower but I have to admit, the sites I find here somehow seem more of a fit. I had to build a bookmark category just for sites, blogs, and places that I've discovered from LT wanderings.
What about you?
Sadly, I never found the book groups. Are there any you recommend? And how do you get around the spammers that seem to troll there?
The Fiction Files
MySpace Book Club
They all get varying amounts of spam posted on them but the group leaders are pretty good about routing it out quickly.
I've never had too much trouble personally with spam from posting and I've never had any myspace spam go to my regular email account. But, I'm not sure if that is unusual or normal.
Then I saw a reference in one of the discussions on www.BooksforSoldiers.com and I've been spending a lot of time sending books to soldiers ever since. I just recently started to get thank you cards from servicemen and women and it feels great. Considering my addiction to buying books it works well to fill that need while not filling up my whole house! (Of course at the moment I have little piles of books everywhere -the moochables, the books I am keeping to enter into LT, books I bought for sending out to BFS, and books I am sending to my relatives for Christmas- oops!) Though I now spend more time in line at the post office at least I always have a book to read!
Books for Soldiers looked great, but I am not so good at getting books out that I felt I could add more. (And one of the benefits of BookMooch is its inherent cheapness - within the US.) Yet I feel guilty about not doing it. Perhaps I'll manage, later in the year. My compliments, meanwhile, katbook. It's an excellent thing to be doing.
(Just fixing a line break.)
The mailing costs the same as mailing any domestic mail because the APO address is in the US and then I guess the military delivers it from there. So mailing a single small paperback, for instance, is still only $1.59 via media mail, 39 cents for a letter and 24 cents for a postcard. But the costs do add up because it has been as addictive for me as LT, so I mail more than is prob. should.
It is time consuming to go to the post office- each pkg needs a customs form filled out. Then I always include a little note and that takes time also. So mailing a bookmooch book feels easy by comparison.
The other cost was getting the BFS form notorized to participate - I think it was $10.00 but I don't know if that is standard. However once the I sent off the form it only took a week to be official.
Anyway that is one woman's experience and I recommend it once you have some more time and if you can keep yourself from going overboard! Kathy
Oh, sorry about your pda crash. That happened to me, then my computer went a week later and took it again and then I discovered my disk drive had been corrupted for several months and many of my backup disks couldn't be reopened on any other computer. Which I why I now use places like LibraryThing. Still, I'd love to have my whole library on my Palm too.
I've joined a few more sites since I posted my list, have to dig them up so I can list them here. Ohhh, yeah, there's one:
Which I joined only because Tim had a listing in the blog asking for a Digg for librarything. No one had done it when I checked but by the time I signed up and posted, someone had beat me to it.
I can't remember if I joined Bookins before or after I joined LibraryThing, but I know I found out about it from BookCrossing (of which I've been an active member since 2003). I did write to Bookins and asked them to comply with LT's request to integrate both services. I'm glad they did!
I joined LiveJournal recently but probably won't be using it. I wanted to try it out for book journaling, but I like having the book reviews I write better on Word Document(s) here on my home computer.
Since then LT has led me to Vox, Wordie and Shelfari.