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Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by SFG75, Sep 21, 2006.
Anyone see this site before? Kind of snazzy, not to mention different *groups* and a personal list.
I've been a paid member since late last year. It's a pretty awesome site. It goes down every now and then, but other than that, it's great. I love the catalog function. It gets two thumbs up from me!
Hmmmm, missed the pay part. Is that absolutely necessary or does that just get you more from the site?
You only have to pay if you want to have more than 200 books in your catalog. Here's what the site says:
I went ahead and got the lifetime account, just so I could have a way to catalog my many TBR books for a good, long time. I'd recommend trying it out a while for free and then if you find the need to add more books to your catalog, you can upgrade to the paid account.
Personally, I don't like the site all that much. It just looks so ugly, which is something that of course could be remedied.
I spent some time cataloguing my books with listal last night; it doesn't have all the features and is still very much in development. I'm just scratching the surface with my books as listing them all is going to take some time but it's a start (and costs nothing, allowing DVDs, CDs, and more too) and you can see it in my signature link.
I use and like listal too and there is a developement forum were you can make suggestions, comments and see what improvements/changes they have planned for the site.
Having tried both library thing and listal, I like listal better too. The main draw to library thing might be the sheer number of other members whose libraries one can view..Free has such a nice ring to it, so I will be sticking with listal and seeing how the site develops.
You're right about that. I guess they want it to have a simple look, but it is possible to do simple without it being plain and yucky. Even the colors are drab.
I might have to check out this listal thing!
If you are interested, I wrote up a tiny little review comparing both Listal and LibraryThing on my blog.
I'm a member of both, but limited use on librarything because of the price, and limited use on listal because I lack the stamina required to input books in listal.
Gee, I complain a lot.
I've had librarything for a couple months - not noticed it had to be paid after 200 books! What a shock I'd have been in for at the end of, say, a year and a half when I hit the two hundred mark and wham! No more entries. Guess I need to check out listal too, sigh. Thank heaven for an informative thread. I don't do well with ANY change.
Just signed up for both. Each one seems promising. Looking for an easy way to transfer all my lists from Excel spreadsheets.
After looking over my lists, it maybe a good time for some house cleaning. Anyone interested in used books/DVD’s, I maybe having a Crazy Justin’s Everything Must Go Sale!!!!
You're absolutely right, but the good thing is you can export your list out - that means you can get LibraryThing to export what you've painstakingly put in into an excel sheet or something. You'll never really lose anything.
Since I've written the entry on my blog, I've noticed that Listal also has the ability to export data now, which is a lovely lovely thing. Finally. This was the sole reason I didn't use Listal.
So now the only complain I have about listal is the less than efficient way to add new books.
Less efficient? As far as I see it, I just enter a book's ISBN and it's listed.
ISBN? Dude you're so cool. Tell you what - get yourself a cheap barcode scanner and scan the barcode into the Listal search field. Saves you typing time.
But even if you do that you'll know what I mean - when you do a search, you get a hitlist. Select something on that page, and click Add to collection. When you do that, you're taken to your catalogue. If you want to get more books, you have to go to the Add function again and repeat ad nauseam.
If you have a big collection of Nabokov books, for instance, you will get a huge hitlist. The books that you have may be scattered in the various pages of the hitlist, but you can't select them all (move from page to page) without losing anything you've checked on the list that you haven't yet added to your collection.
It does seem minor, but if I have a lot of books that's a major turnoff.
Listal also has two nice linky things you can add to your favorites bar (at least if you're using Mozilla firefox) that you can use while browsing amazon to add books to either your Have or Wanted lists. I couldn't get it to work in IE but it is a neat tool for mozilla users.
Got my listal. Didn't put a thing on it yet though. These things take ti-ime.
how many books can you have on listal?
I don't think there is a limit.
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