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All right, I'm in love... LibraryThing

It seems to be an amazing tool to catalogue your books --- the very thing I have been searching for! You can enter 200 books for free. I have started with series, as it is faster. I don't know how obsessed I want to be with finding the EXACT edition of each book. For now I am satisfied with capturing an entry with the correct title and author.... for me, my primary purpose is to have a record of my 1000+ volume library to avoid duplication when shopping or to enable reconstruction in the event of disaster.

I had been hunting for a good scanner/ UPC reader that would let me download the info in csv or tabbed files, this site says it will let me do just that. It would still be waaaaaay easier to find a good reader, but in the short term, this site appeals to my need for organization. I could easily become obsesssed with having the exact cover of each of my books recorded, but I am struggling mightily against the temptation.

As you might have guessed, I am "trishkit" on LibraryThing. I have only just begun to log my books, but I am not ashamed of the fluff factor of those books recorded to date!

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Date: 2007-04-23 02:24 am (UTC)
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Ooh, yes. I started putting some of my books on a while ago as part of my whole "figure out what books to keep when I move" project. (Er, which is still not getting anywhere as I want to keep everything, haha. If only!) I mean to get back to it. But then, I mean to do a lot of things.

(I'm cleverocity there too.)

Oh yeah, and I totally got sidetracked by that "exact cover" business. I scanned some of mine, even. I don't quite know why.

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Date: 2007-04-23 02:53 am (UTC)
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Oh, I can totally understand the urge to have an EXACT record. As you know, I've moved around a lot, and have actually managed to cull the library on occasion... but not by enough to make a difference.

I strongly recommend buying actual moving boxes from U haul or the like for books. I have found them to be superior to liquor store boxes because they are of a uniform size, which makes it so easy to estimate weights and square footage for shipping purposes.

Having moved Out West and then Back Again (and then Eastish and then Back Again) with a huge amount of books, I feel your pain. At one point I shipped a lot of stuff across country via UPS. They always seem to have the best rates. We also continue to ship a lot of stuff vis bus. Check out Greyhound - they have very good rates. I am sending a bike to my baby bro in Banff by bus right this second (and not just because of the alliteration factor).

Another alternative is to check with the big moving companies. Often they will have a partial truckload and will charge you less to make up the difference.

I'm sure that you have checked all of this out, just thought I'd reinforce your research! I'm so glad that you are going Out West (dumbass ex-boyfriend notwithstanding). I know that you and The Monkey Butler will benefit from the change in scenery!


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