Imagine if you will, an ecru-colored rectangle containing the covers of 9 books. These books display for 10 seconds before fading into nothingness, magically replaced by 9 different book covers. All of the books are familiar favorites, “keepers.” Well, maybe not your keepers, but definitely mine. And this vision of animated book covers would appear on my blog, if the widget would work on WordPress.
I discovered a wonderful site: Library Thing. It allows members to input all their books, by title, author, ISBN or Library of Congress number, and automatically generates the cover and a description of each book. These are all maintained in a virtual library, easily updated so you can keep track of what books you own.
Not only that, you can read reviews of books you are interested in, find other people who share your taste in books, and chat with other booklovers. And, for those who are smart enough to figure out the secret of adding widgets with html codes, you can post your personal library on your blog.
Another great feature is that you can keep track of 200 books for free. For $10 per year, you are not limited to 200; and $25 gets you a lifetime membership without a limit on the number of books you can catalog. I’m not a tech wizard, but I had no problem inputting some of my books, and I’m tempted to purchase the lifetime membership despite not being able to put them on my blog. Call me a nerd if you want, but this is an awesome site:
Although it isn’t nearly as cool as the actual widget, I was able to post the text link for my personal library on Library Thing. Check out the column on the right side of my blog; clicking on the link will show you some of the books I own. BUT please only click on it after you are finished reading and commenting on my blog as I can’t figure out how to make links open in a separate window and I don’t want you deserting me to browse the Library Thing.
Edited April 13, 2009: I’ve learned how to make links open in a separate window. Maybe someday I’ll be able to figure out html widgets. 🙂