Monday, November 20, 2006

LibraryThing integrates with Shaman Drum

LibraryThing now integrates with Shaman Drum, the legendary independent bookshop in Ann Arbor, MI. Edit your profile, check a checkbox (down at the bottom) and your work page will sport availability and pricing information from Shaman Drum and a link to their site.

Right now, it's just Shaman Drum. But the program is open to any bookstore. So long as you have a decent inventory system, it should be a snap. We've published participation details on our other blog. I'm going to approach a few, but feel free to let your local bookstore know about it.

If you've spent time in Ann Arbor, you know that Shaman Drum is the best bookstore in town, and one of the best independents in the country. It doesn't exactly lack for competition, with the flagship Borders store across the street and the Dawn Treader one street farther. I went to grad school in Ann Arbor, and Shaman Drum was practically a second home. I'm so glad the fine folks who run the place were receptive to my idea.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know Tim bit by bit you're getting there. well done.

11/20/2006 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love to see Portland, Oregon's "Powell's City Of Books" on here.

11/20/2006 8:15 AM  
Blogger Steven said...


Why not open this to libraries as well? Or library vendors? Users can then customize their own profile and be able to see right away if their local library (the one where they actually check out books, not just the one closest) has the book that they tag.

Now, that would be sueeeeeeet.

11/20/2006 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

> Why not open this

I think Tim is working on it. :-)

11/20/2006 9:44 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

A second "Aye!" for Powell's!

11/20/2006 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I used to live in Ann Arbor--1986-1990. Lived in Sojourner Truth Co-op. Worked at Drakes, Thanos, Michigan Student Union. Miss seeing Captain Dave and the Psychedelic Lounge Cats @ the Heidelburg.

Cool to see Shaman Drum added. Couple of my books that survived the move to Florida are listed on here. Bought all my mom's Christmas presents there. Crap, now I'm home sick for Michigan.

11/20/2006 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see the Tattered Cover added. Beyond the benefit of them being a local bookstore, they have always had a relatively decent web presence. (As a personal joy, they are staunch first amendment supporters and the owner has been given quite a few awards for independent booksellers).

11/20/2006 7:29 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I wrote them. Now let's see if it gets read. I did notice they have the sort of web back-end that should be able to do this.

11/20/2006 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are pursuing the connections to libraries, there might be some useful ideas at Jon Udell's
LibraryLookup Project. He's designed a system that looks up ISBNs in your local library's online catalog.

11/20/2006 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question is will Shaman Drum ship to those of us no where near Ann Arbor, or how do we encourage our own local bookshops to likewise become available through LibraryThing?

11/20/2006 9:10 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Anon: Yes. Udell's system interests me. I think it's time I gave him a call.

Kali: Shaman Drum probably ships, but they're not a national outfit. The way to get your bookstore online is to tell them about the service, pointing them to this post. (It has a link to what they need to do.) Most bookstores, however, do not have systems capable of reaching the web, unfortunately.

11/20/2006 11:16 PM  
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11/21/2006 12:12 AM  
Blogger kencf said...

I've already mentioned LT to Rediscovered Bookshop, a new indie in Boise with the same business model as Powell's, albeit on a much smaller scale. As in orders of magnitude smaller.

11/21/2006 12:22 AM  
Blogger Jonathan K. Cohen said...

I think you should approach the BookSense people at ABA and see if they'd be interested in opening up their network of stores. I think it would be a win for independent bookselling.

11/21/2006 9:51 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Jonathan: I agree with you on BookSense. I've had no luck contacting them--tried multiple times, even pulling strings (my wife's best friend worked there). I'll try again, I guess.

11/21/2006 10:41 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

If you want Powell's to work with this, send them an email or call them. I did. The more they hear about it, the more likely they'll take us seriously.

11/26/2006 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the UK, I'd love to see Foyles on here, easily the leading independent bookseller. I've sent their customer services people an email (, but an approach from you/other interested LibraryThingers might help...

12/13/2006 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need to integrate a non-profit bookstore into Library Thing. How can I get this going? They aren't set up with anything yet, but I can get them up and running. I need to get them able to use Library Thing AS their online bookstore, for free books to prisoners. No cash changes hands. Please advise.

8/11/2007 5:23 AM  

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