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Seamus Kleissler
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I was just looking for a book (not sure if I own it) and it occurred to me how useful it would be to have a database of my books (and feedback on them) like I have for my games. So, I know that is some seriously significant project. But I was wondering if anyone is familiar with something similar to BGG for books.

For my part I did a google search and found http://www.librarything.com/

This seems like a descent site but a far cry from BGG and its interface isn't so wonderful to me.
 
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I asked the same question, at one point, but didn't get any recommendations.
 
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I love librarything, although your collection may not have much in common with my collection

http://www.librarything.com/profile/MelissaRogerson

It's not strictly BookGeek, but I don't imagine that there could EVER be a bookgeek, given the number of published books in the world.
 
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http://www.eten.se/ (in Swedish) gives recommendation based on your own recommendations in books. But it doesn't serve as a database as books need to be recommended by someone to stay.

http://www.filmtipset.se/ (also in Swedish) acts as a database for movies and gives recommendations based on your grades on movies. The makers of this site have plans of doing another site like this with books.


The sites that only gives recommendations based on your bookshelf wouldn't be of much use to me personally since I'm not much of a book collector.
 
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I joined Librarything too shortly after seeing Melissa mention it here a few months ago.

One way that it is similar to BGG is that it is under constant upgrading. I don't visit that site nearly as often as I do this, but it seems that every time I do visit there is some new feature I have to check out.
 
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I just took a look at the site -- thanks for the recommendation! -- and it looks fun, but if I have to pay to list more than 199 books it won't be much use unless I pay.

Clicking on authors' names only gave me a "can't go there" message.
 
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ssmooth wrote:
I just took a look at the site -- thanks for the recommendation! -- and it looks fun, but if I have to pay to list more than 199 books it won't be much use unless I pay.

Clicking on authors' names only gave me a "can't go there" message.


Yeah, I was lucky and got in when the lifetime membership was $10... but it has been changed since then. I don't know if I would be willing to spend $25 on a lifetime membership... I guess that depends on if I thought it I would use it for more than 2.5 years...
 
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that is a good point about it being constantly under upgrade. I did check out Delicious Library for my computer too. $25 would be worth it to me. I think as someone pointed out above that the sheer quantity of books owned by folks is a challenge.

Thanks for the feedback everyone!
 
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I just found a fun little thing that I though was worth resurecting this thread for.

You can edit your LibraryThing profile to show that you are a user at Boardgamegeek. I was shocked to see BGG listed as on of the "Also on" choices.

The only bummer is that you can't see how many Library Thing users are also BGG members. (maybe that will be a future ability)

Check out my profile to see my BGG link.
http://www.librarything.com/profile/Melsana
 
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It's alive!

Maybe we should create a group for BGG members? I'll get right on it, join up in the libraryThing forums.
 
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Done: http://www.librarything.com/groups/boardgamegeeks
 
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seamusk wrote:
I did check out Delicious Library for my computer too.


Me too, and while it's simple to use and very pretty, last time I looked it was missing both a wish-list facility and the ability to record last read / read count data. I stumped up the cash for Bookpedia, which has both, and interface-wise is, to all intents and purposes, iTunes for books.
 
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Are these book-thingie websites places where you can buy/sell/TRADE, just like good ole' BGG? goo
 
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bentlarsen wrote:
Are these book-thingie websites places where you can buy/sell/TRADE, just like good ole' BGG? goo


For buying (used) books, I can't recommend www.abebooks.com highly enough. The selling side looks good too, but I haven't used it in anger.
 
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bentlarsen wrote:
Are these book-thingie websites places where you can buy/sell/TRADE, just like good ole' BGG? goo


I was reading the Blog at LibraryThing and they have 3 swap partners. I think it is one of these swap partners that you can use to swap books just bgg, I've never looked into them though.
 
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tim-pelican wrote:
bentlarsen wrote:
Are these book-thingie websites places where you can buy/sell/TRADE, just like good ole' BGG? goo


For buying (used) books, I can't recommend www.abebooks.com highly enough. The selling side looks good too, but I haven't used it in anger.


Tim, I have given ABE lots of money over the years, but thank you for the suggestion. I have done well trading on BGG (only once disappointed, and I do not believe the Geek did me wrong on purpose), and I hope other geeks feel the same. I have books that I do not like, and you cannot sell them and make any money off of them, so why not trade with others who have something you want, etc. Just an idea that might happen one day.

By the way, Tim, what is that furry fuzzy criter in your avatar? goo
 
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