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Other sites I joined because of LT

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1cckelly
des. 3, 2006, 4:08am

Since I'm running out of books to catalog and my budget can't support purchasing new books in the quantities necessary to feed my LT desires, I often wander other areas (like groups) when I need my LT fix. In Tim's blog he often makes mention of other sites and I am joining more sites because of Tim's blog and other LT's mentions than I've ever joined previously.

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:
43 Things
43 Places
Recipething
Mobuzz TV
Bookmooch
Bookins
Digg

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?

2Jenson_AKA_DL
des. 4, 2006, 2:09pm

For me it was the other way around. I heard about librarything on a myspace group and decided to check it out. There are a lot of book related groups on myspace as well.

3cckelly
des. 5, 2006, 1:29am

Good to know about MySpace. What turned me off of MySpace was how much spam I received. I had one real person contact me but every time I posted (mind you, only a few times) on any group, my Yahoo mail got several spam invites from "people" wanting a friend on MySpace.

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?

4Jenson_AKA_DL
Editat: des. 8, 2006, 3:20pm

Here are a few of the book clubs:

The Fiction Files

Readers Circle

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.

5katbook
gen. 5, 2007, 4:15pm

I've also joined Bookmooch which works well with the LibraryThing- I can easily see which books I own are the most moochable.
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!

6Seajack
gen. 5, 2007, 4:53pm

My progression was Bookcrossing to here to Bookmooch.

7Eurydice
Editat: gen. 5, 2007, 9:46pm

I joined BookMooch and was reminded about (and participated in) NaNoWriMo.

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.)

8katbook
gen. 10, 2007, 1:17am

Eurydice-The BooksforSoldiers site works out well for me because I have access to large quantities of cheap books. I volunteer at a thrift store sorting books and we don't exactly get a huge # of bookbuyers there so I end up buying a lot of them (25 cents for paperbacks and $1.00 for hardcovers) (and that's before my 25% volunteer discount!) (and then every 3rd weekend everything is 1/2 price!). That is how I have ended up with over 4000 books on LT. (Along with all my other cheap books from library sales, etc.) Also when I told the thrift store ladies there about BFS they just let me have some books for free (for instance no one seems to buy the sci fi so instead of moving it along to the Goodwill I have been taking it to send to soldiers who often request it).
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

9varske
gen. 12, 2007, 5:03pm

I wish you hadn't posted that list. After exploring 43places, in one evening Iadded 61 places I had been to and had photos to prove it. Now I have to scan all my old photos as well as load my books onto LibraryThing. And I had fun thinking of the obscurest places to add, trying to fill up the globe.

10sunny
Editat: juny 16, 2007, 12:00pm

BookMooch, rate your music, flickr

11cckelly
gen. 20, 2007, 6:06pm

sorry about that varske, but send me your 43 things user name, I want to see where you've been!

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:
Digg

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.

12SqueakyChu
Editat: març 17, 2007, 12:16pm

I just discovered The Reading Lounge and signed up this week. It looks as if it's just the sort of reading group I'll like. Not too much pressure, plus the kind of books I most likely have or will acquire.

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.

13bluesalamanders
abr. 26, 2007, 7:58am

Not exactly a site, but I joined Second Life because of LibraryThing. Other than that, I can't really think of anything...but I am looking at a few of the sites people have listed here. And I am considering joining a real-life bookclub.

14perlle
març 7, 2008, 11:54am

I joined LT because of AllConsuming.

Since then LT has led me to Vox, Wordie and Shelfari.

15cckelly
juny 5, 2008, 2:26am

wow, nice to see people still find there way to this old thread.
Thanks for the update. I'll have to check out VOX and AllConsuming.