Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Readers United, Swap Club / International tweaks

Everyone give a warm welcome to two new swap sites, Readers United, a UK site, and Swap Club, a New Zealand one.

All told, we now integrate with nine swap sites around the world. (We could had eleven, but one died and we nixed another after we discovered them listing books they didn't really have available.) The continued appearance of swap sites, is a good sign for book swapping. Clearly the idea is here to stay!

Swap sites that aren't yet integrated with LibraryThing should check out our directions.The more the merrier.

The swap sites are now also integrated with LibraryThing's new "geolocation" feature. Basically, LibraryThing looks at your IP and/or domain (eg.,,, etc.), and reorders the swap sites accordingly.

We're doing the same on the home page as well. Here's how it looks if you enter the site from a French IP address:

Geolocation is an inexact science. We won't want to overdo it. ("Wait, are you suuuure you don't want to be on the French site?") But we're open to suggestions.



Blogger Aquila said...

Cool, I had no idea Swap Club even existed. I just went and joined and found a book I wanted, so I'd better start listing some for people to swap with me quick smart.

So thanks, and it's nice to feel included.

7/05/2007 1:04 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Is "quick smart" a Kiwi-ism?

7/05/2007 1:20 AM  
Blogger AndrewB said...

Tim, it sure is - akin to "post haste" :p

7/05/2007 1:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It might make sense to have the sentence "LT in your language, etc" in the language itself. For a French IP: "Library Thing en Fran├žais? Essayez" for instance.

7/05/2007 2:53 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

> It might make sense to have the sentence...

Yes, in theory. I skipped it because sometimes it would need to be in multiple languages (eg., Belgium), and because it's unclear where the translation of it should live. So I'll it on the misc tidbits list and if it gets translated a lot, bring it in.

7/05/2007 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Readers United link.

I'm not sure what you mean by "we now integrate with nine swap sites". How does LibraryThing integrate with these sites?

7/06/2007 9:46 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hey, good point. I sometimes forget that not everyone is a master of our(sprawling) site. Basically, work pages have a "swap" link, which lays out who has or wants copies of the book. We link to give and get books on them too.


7/06/2007 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Tim.

7/07/2007 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7/09/2007 1:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Please make it as inobtrusive as possible. I'm an American living in the Netherlands, and it can sometimes be very difficult to get a site in English (for instance, assumes I'm Dutch, so half of this page is in Dutch and not changeable).

7/11/2007 10:35 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

To get English, use, not .nl.


7/11/2007 11:02 AM  
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