The Library Thing website allows users to enter and organize books they have read, rate them, review them, and more. You can also receive suggestions for books to read as well as connect with other readers.
- [Narrator] Welcome to Teacher Tech Tips. I'm Oliver Schinkten, and this week I want to introduce you to website called Library Thing. On this website, you can enter in the books that you've read or want to read. You can rate them, review them, see recommendations, communicate with other book lovers, and more. If you're a reader, I think you'll really like this website. Now you can get to it by navigating to librarything.com. Now it's easy to create an account, and you aren't required to share any of your personal information when doing so.
However, I do recommend that you connect it with your email address in case you forget your user name or password. I'm going to go ahead and log into an account that I already have created. So schink10 is my user name, and then I'll enter in my password. Click sign in and once inside of my account, let's take a look at some of things we can do. Up at the top, first I can access my profile. So I'll click here on profile, and this brings me to a page that will show all of the books that I've read, the ratings I've given.
It'll tell any groups that I'm in, some of my favorite authors and more. Now I haven't filled out a lot of this yet, but in this account that's something that I will do so that it makes it easier to connect with other book lovers. Now you don't have to use it to connect with other people, or show them information. You can use it as a place to catalog all of the books you've read and to enter in ones that you want to read in the future. But if you do want to share your profile, you can fill this out. Now, up at the top, let's look at another very important feature, and that is to add books.
I'll click here, and this is where we can add in books that you have read or are reading. I'm actually currently doing the 52 book challenge, and trying to read a book a week this year. So I've decided to track these books inside of here. I'm going to go ahead and enter in a book which I just finished, and it's a parenting book called No Drama Discipline. I'll type it up here in the upper left, and as you can see you can search by title, author, ISBN, LC card number and more.
I'll click search, and then on the right it'll show different results that come up. Now, at the top this is the book, right here, that I'm reading. So I'll click on that and it will now add that to my books that I've already read. On the right hand side you can see a list of recently added. So here I have No Drama Discipline, The More of Less, The Alliance, Take the Stairs, Get Smart, Money Management Skills, and more. Those are different books that I've just entered in. From over here I do have the option to click on show quick edit, in which I can quickly add tags to these books, I can rate them, I can add them to different collections, and more.
So right now in the book I just finished, I want to add a tag that is parenting, and when I start typing it in it brings it up and says that's already a tag that I've used. Now, I can have a comma and add more if I want to. Say for instance I want to add discipline, I could include that as well, and then click on save tags. Now they will be saved with that book. I also am going to give this book four stars. So, I'll rate it four stars. I can click to leave a review, and I will get to that. I'm not going to do that right now, and then I can enter it into my collections.
So here's collections, and when I click on this, you'll notice that right now, by default, I have a wish list, currently reading, to read, favorites, and then I have the ability to edit these collections. So if I click on that, I do have the ability to say get rid of one of these. In other words, one was read but unowned, and I made that one inactive. But here if I wanted to I could add a new collection, and let's say that you had certain ones that you wanted to read for a class, you could add that new collection, and let's say literacy class, include in connections, include in recommendations and active, and then save that, and I will have another category now that that'll enter into.
Now if I want to take a look at my overall collection of books that I've read or want to read, I can do that by going to the top, and clicking on your books. When I click on this tab, it brings up an overview of all of the books that I have, and you can choose from several different styles by clicking A, B, C, D, or E, up here at the top. You also have the ability to organize them how you want, if it's by date or alphabetical order or anything like that. So I can see the titles of all the different books that I have here.
If I wanted, I could click on here and search by tags. In other words, I could quickly go over to any of the productivity books that I have tagged with productivity and access those. Now to the right you'll also notice that there is different information over here that you can click on. You can click on a work page, a detail page, set collections for the book. You can edit your book titles, and then below it, it gives you more information. In other words, one of them is reviews. So here there's different reviews that are by other users.
To the left of that, you can see that there are 52 members that have listed that they've read this book. So here I have some books that not that many people have read. This one has 233, but otherwise not very popular books. I'll back out here, and as you can see, there's a ton of information that is on there. I'm going to click back on one of these books. Let's say The Alliance, which is a book I really liked. And one thing it will do here is that if I scroll down, it will give me some recommendations from the Library Thing. So in other words, if there's a book you like, you can click on that book, and it will give you recommendations of books that they think you'll enjoy because you liked that book.
If I click on those, let's say the Give and Take, on here I then have the ability to go in and see how many members have read that book. I can check out some of the reviews. I can see the average rating, and more, as well as look at the different tags that people have given to it. Now, for tags, if I want to click on one of them, let's say psychology, it will bring up different books that people, users, have tagged with psychology. So it's a great way to go into a certain category, and find books that you want.
I think this is a great way for you, while you're learning or using books for entertainment, to find new books, but also a great website to share with students, so that they can find new books and become motivated readers. Now there are other things that are on the site, a ton of them, and I highly recommend exploring the site. Some of the other things you can do, if I click up at the top on groups, you'll notice that there are different groups here. One is the 75 book challenge for 2017, which is pretty intense. I thought 52 was a lot. But you'll have different groups here that you can join, and join in on discussions.
If I click on talk, it brings up different forum topics, that I can go in here and click if I want to communicate with other readers and there is more. All in all, this is a really neat website. There's even more you can do with it, like I said, so I suggest checking this out and playing around a bit. Another great thing about it, it's free. If you want to save over 200 books, you do have to pay either $10 a year, or $25 for a lifetime subscription. But if you're under 200 books, there's no cost. So that is overview of the Library Thing website, which hopefully you can utilize and even share with your students, so that they can take advantage of its many features and become inspired readers.
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