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Zhenya BS: Booklovers - Anyone using LibraryThing? (23) RE: BS: Booklovers - Anyone using LibraryThing? 17 Mar 07

Sandra and everyone else who checked it out - Glad you liked it, and thanks for spreading the word.

You can make your list private so other LT users can't see it, but of course it's still online and could be hacked by someone with the wrong intentions. If the only thing you want to do is catalogue your books, I would say stick with the program you have. I like LT because it connects your list with other reader's lists. You can explore lists of people with similar tastes, and find new books you might like. There's also a lively discussion board.

By the way, I'm not listing every book I have, mostly just the music and fiction and selected other favorites. Most of mine are inexpensive though - paperbacks or used hard covers. I wasn't using any other book cataloguing program, so I like that aspect of it, but I mainly like it for the community aspects. I feel I don't have time to join a book club right now, but I really like discussing books with people. This isn't quite the same, but enjoyable nonetheless.

As for the internet having a record of your reading list - well, it's a personal decision whether or what to post. The site apparently has over 100,000 users to date. I felt I was comfortable using it, but I understand your concerns. Perhaps if you want to just take part in some of the community aspects, you could join as a member and just post a few very non-controversial books. This would allow you to take part in the discussion section, look at other people's lists, etc.

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