Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Book pile contest

It's been a while since we've had a bookpile contest, so we figure it's time to bring back that LibraryThing tradition. We're also nearing the 30 million books milestone as well as coming up on our third anniversary—time to start celebrating!

As you know, we've been doing a lot of work on the home page lately. As we announced last month, every member now has a personalized, customizable home page. Next up is redesigning the home page that everyone sees when they first visit LibraryThing (the signed out home page). We're considering a new book pile (see the current one to the right)—that's where you come in. We're not guaranteeing we'll use it, but we figured we'd see what LibraryThing members can come up with!

So, the contest! We want book piles. Remember, your pile should represent LibraryThing itself, however you choose to interpret it (is it all about the cataloging for you? The talking about books? Connecting with other members?). Given the international flavor of LibraryThing, extra points if you include non-English books in the pile as well.

The rules
  • Post your photos to Flickr and tag them "LTbookpile" (also tag them "LibraryThing"). If you make a new account it can take a few days for your photos to be publicly accessible, so post a URL to them in the comments here.
  • Or, post your photos on WikiThing here.
  • Or, if all else fails, just email them to and I'll post them for you.

The deadline
Get your photos in by Friday, August 15th at noon EDT.

The prizes

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My submission.

7/23/2008 7:47 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

And mine. I'm just now preparing a course on international crime fiction, so this was fun.

7/24/2008 10:07 AM  
Blogger Ironichles said...

Here's my submission for the bookpile contest. Description:

Inspired by the design of the Teatro Olimpico and based on the paintings by Canaletto, this is the City of Paper in which the spirits of ancient scribes wander and read. Homer can still be found roaming the narrow streets of the boulevard of classics, searching for his lost manuscripts that went up in flames with the destruction of the library of Alexandria.

7/24/2008 1:21 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

My submission.

7/26/2008 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my submission

7/26/2008 4:12 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

My submission

7/27/2008 5:25 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Here's my submission of horizontal and vertical bookpiles.

7/28/2008 10:33 AM  
Blogger Rybrarian said...

Here is my submission

7/28/2008 3:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Here's my pile - wow, way too hard to narrow down some favorites... I included a range of collectible presses (folio society, easton press, subterranean press) since they started my catalogue-mania in the first place; several genres (crime, history, children's lit, fantasy, comics, science, reference, cooking); English, French, German and Latin texts - (yes, I've moved a lot!); a special LT book question; and of course one of LT's authors (yay naomi!). Cheers.

7/29/2008 10:11 PM  
Blogger Walter M said...

No submission (yet, anyhow), but I think it would be even better if one of many bookpile images was randomly shown when the page loads!

7/31/2008 3:54 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

Here are my piles.

Perhaps not exactly what LT had in mind as these are wayyyy more chaotic and organic as piles, i.e. much like LT itself, than some of the others... piles with "character" as someone asked for... lol...

8/01/2008 2:07 PM  
Blogger Devil's Apricot said...

here's mine

8/02/2008 1:06 PM  
Blogger Michael Sauers said...

& mine (as I know how much Tim loves Star Wars books...)

8/02/2008 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My submission

Ten places I would like to visit and one thing I would like to see...

8/02/2008 10:07 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

Here are my submissions

Maybe I will be able to persuade the live felis to join in next time!

8/03/2008 9:46 AM  
Blogger nobooksnolife said...

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8/03/2008 7:35 PM  
Blogger nobooksnolife said...

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8/03/2008 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I finally made mine!

8/03/2008 10:46 PM  
Blogger Felicity said...

Darn! Most of my books are packed for a move, and I just sent a bunch of the remainder to my libraryless grandma.

8/04/2008 7:57 PM  
Blogger Explore Academy said...

OUr submissions:

8/05/2008 5:07 PM  
Blogger nobooksnolife said...

Here are my LTbookpiles:

Thanks for the fun contest!

8/05/2008 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first attempt.

8/06/2008 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And my second attempt. And last. I think it´s better.

8/06/2008 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My submission to this awesome contest!

8/07/2008 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Walter. Having a new book pile come up every time the page is loaded would be really coo. Then people would see the eclectic nature of all the libraries.

8/07/2008 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My submission:

8/08/2008 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My submission

My submission Part II

8/09/2008 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's mine.

8/11/2008 1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My submissions:

Book Pile 1

Book Pile 2

8/11/2008 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/12/2008 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not quite sure how to make a link, but here's mine:

8/13/2008 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And here's my submission.

8/14/2008 4:15 AM  
Blogger Mette said...

Here is the submission from the Greenlandic National Library, Children's library

8/14/2008 11:48 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My submission:

or here :,
and click on files to see pictures.
Thanks :)

8/14/2008 12:17 PM  
Blogger WholeWideWorld said...

My three submissions:

8/15/2008 4:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my non-english book pile and my manual trackback

8/15/2008 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last minute submission here and here.

8/15/2008 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My links and post seemed to have had a problem. So here are the hard links:
(Notice the first letter of the titles in the photos...)

8/15/2008 1:49 PM  
Blogger Deirdre said...

Meant to enter, connection didn't work from work. Ah well, they're here anyway.

8/15/2008 5:50 PM  
Blogger skholiast said...

2 photos. same stack.

8/16/2008 12:16 AM  
Blogger skholiast said...

sorry-- not only missed midnight on the east coast, but missed noting that the deadline says noon, not midnight. Anyway, I too am all in favor of a variety of stacks chosen from randomly. Many of the submissions here are excellent.

8/16/2008 12:33 AM  
Blogger HairyDogTrumpet said...

8/22/2008 7:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I only remembered today that the blog said to post the url here! I had them tagged correctly by the deadline but thought maybe I should put the url in now anyway, so here it is:
it is a set of 6 photos, 5 different piles/aspects of piles.

8/25/2008 6:53 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

darn, it cut off the url. here it is in two parts

8/25/2008 6:55 AM  

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