Tuesday, October 21, 2008

LibraryThing Reviews in Library Catalogs

We've just released a new feature for LibraryThing for Libraries—Reviews.

LibraryThing reviews will start showing up in library catalogs across the country, and library patrons will be able to add their own reviews directly into a library catalog. But that's not all. Check out this post on Thingology for more.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have finished reading Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson and are curious about his education. There does not seem to be any information out there.

10/23/2008 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Wikipedia, he is a trained librarian.

10/23/2008 12:31 PM  
Blogger Kerrie said...

Wheer can we see a list of which (or how many) of our own reviews have been included in the LibraryThing vetted reviews?

10/25/2008 5:25 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Sorry. There's no place currently. I'm not sure I want to add it. I can understand why you'd want to know, but it is also likely to cause members to get snippy—"Why wasn't *this one* included?" When you get down to it, we were very profligate in not approving review. Most were rejected because of some pattern we found, like "Copyright" or "Amazon.com" or because they were too short, too long or from a user who was associated with a non-English site.

My worry is that, by providing stats like that we open the door for complaints. We simply *can't* review, change or explain the decision on 300,000 reviews—not without making LibraryThing for Libraries a huge time drain—and therefore unprofitable. LTFL is profitable or, since it's not designed to increase traffic to the main site, it's not worth it.

Anyway, that's my thinking. Perhaps you can at least appreciate I didn't duck the issue.

10/25/2008 10:00 AM  
Blogger Kerrie said...

Thanks for replying Tim. I was flattered to know (found out through a friend actually) that some of my reviews were included.

I though it could work in a couple of ways

1. a notification that a specific review had been added to your set
2. a little button on my tool bar which links to a list of my reviews added to the vetted ones. Could be an incentive to those who just copy the Amazon synopsis to be a bit more creative

10/25/2008 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"High quality vetted reviews from LibraryThing."

Hmmm, who is doing the vetting?

10/26/2008 11:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was disappointed by Out Stealing Horses. The purity of the language was appealing but the story made me fee like who cares.

11/11/2008 6:42 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just read IN SEARCH OF BILL CLINTON and i was disappointed. It is a hagiographic biography masquerading as a psychodynamic study of the man. the author all but genuflects before clinton which reduces its credibility. No where in the many pages about Clinton and his efforts at peace keeping in Ireland does it mention Hillary. I thought she claimed during her campaign that she authored that peace. If so Clinton fails to give her any credit.

11/11/2008 6:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Do read ADDRESS UNKNOWN. I series of about 12 letters written in 1938 between a San Francisco art dealer and his former Jewish partner who has returned to Germany to live. It is fiction, prescient at that and totally mesmerizing.

11/11/2008 6:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am into english writers at the moment and am currently reading DEAF SENTENCE by David Lodge. While I like it, it is not as funny nor as compelling as his trilogy one of which is CHANGING PLACES. They are hilarious academic novels.

11/11/2008 6:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

One of the funniest English novels is SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh. Of those i have read it is the best.

11/11/2008 6:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

do get a Kindle. It has given me mucho pleasure. It doesn't supplant hard copies but it does supplement. If you have questions about it feel free to email me and i will share with you my experience.

11/11/2008 6:51 PM  
Blogger Tim said...


12/04/2008 1:30 AM  

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