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Week in Review

I came to the sudden resolve this weekend to finish cataloging our books, already. Have I mentioned how much I love my $14 bar code scanner from eBay? I catalogued 1427 books this weekend, which I'm ballparking at 200 books/hour.

LibraryThing now contains every distinct book in our house, except two books completely in Japanese that Chad was given as a gift and the cookbooks, because I don't really care about them: 2,087. (That's not the full total owned, as we each have a handful of books in our respective offices, and there are some duplicates that need good homes that I will enter later, now that I don't have to fear getting them mixed up.) I've exported the data to my Palm and resolved that no book entering our house may get past my computer without being catalogued.

I'm pretty sure I got all my read books tagged, though obviously sorting out the unread books will take a lot longer. It's vaguely depressing that I've read less than half our books, even with a substantial number of books that I either have no intention of reading or am vastly unlikely to read. Gotta get moving on that!

Notes to self: (1) When suffering from heartburn, do not sit on the floor for a couple of hours and bend over your work. It does really bad things to your stomach that last quite a while. (2) You still have an oral allergy to raw apples, and even though brie and apple paninis are delicious, they aren't worth the itching, the paranoia, and the stomach problems.

I'm really behind on writing LJ and booklog posts, as I spent most evenings this week proofreading stuff for Chad's tenure box. If I can sleep tonight, I'll start tackling the backlog tomorrow.

Oh, wow. Now I want a scanner thingummy.

This is where I got mine:

So very worth it!

I'm stoked you guys are doing LibraryThing. It's amazing.

I did ~800 books manually, entering ISBNs. Wasn't that bad...

Ah, missed the 2087. Holy crap.

It was getting the Palm that really got me to do it, since I can export and then say, "Hmm, do we own this?" in the bookstore.

I'd actually back-of-the-envelope'd our collection at 3,000, so I actually thought the number was a bit low!

I started out doing ISBNs by hand--USB number pad for the laptop--but really, the scanner is so fast and so cheap, there's absolutely no reason not to do it.

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Kinda both. My computer is a laptop, so I would bring it to whichever room I was cataloguing. The mass market paperbacks are mostly in the bedrooms, so those I would take a shelf at a time and put on the bed (or the floor, which was stupid, see above)--the ISBN bar code for mmpbs is in the inside flap, so it's easiest to scan them when they're laid out like that.

The ISBN bar code for trades & hardcovers is on the back, and those are mostly in Chad's office, so for those I set the laptop up on a little folding table and pulled books off the shelves a few at a time.

(Add'l unsolicited information:

By the end, I'd settled on scanning a shelf at a time into a text file and importing that [*]. I'd done a whole bookcase of X ISBNs and then found that LibraryThing only found X-n ISBNs in the file. (I'd mistyped a couple that didn't have bar codes, and absent-mindedly scanned the wrong bar code for one or two.) Figuring out which ones were the problem in a list of 100-odd numbers was not so much fun.

[*] Faster than the individual add-a-book page.)

Wow, you and I have a big chunk of books in common. (Mine's here.)

Exporting to a Palm is an excellent idea. I need to remember to do that next time we go down to Portland to Powell's; then I can take my "books to look for" list, too, in a more convenient format than the piece of paper I usually cart around.

Hey, that's a very cool thingie (that shows you books in common when logged in).

I exported to CSV, changed the text encoding from Unicode to ANSI, and then imported to a program with the utterly generic name of "DB-Editor". just FWIW.

I noticed that, of the books I share with you, quite a few are in my library due to your reviews/recs.

That's really nice to hear, thanks.

And I like the Amazon bookmarklet when I place an order because it saves me from getting books that I've bought but haven't arrived yet--which hasn't quite happened yet, but is entirely possible.

We entered ours manually. All 3498 of them. Yikes.

(It took six months with both of us working on it.)

I have just one word for you:


Well, the library started out on two different continents, for one thing, so it would have required two scanners. And neither of us were exactly oversupplied with spare capital, what with an upcoming wedding and transatlantic move...

Also: We knew we had duplicates, so we wanted to de-duplicate *before* shipping all of mine across the Atlantic.

I think we cleared about a couple of hundred (not included in that figure) at least in the de-duplication, so we entered that many more than it looks manually, too.

Too bad the new automatic duplicate-finder didn't come out before then . . .

Yeah, we weeded our duplicates by hand, but still missed a few. It must've been at least a couple hundred for us as well.

Still--for anyone contemplating doing this themselves, dead cheap scanners on eBay, really worth it . . .

I love librarything. It's so geekily satisfying, opening a box from amazon and adding all the new acquisitions to my catalog.

I entered my books by hand, but I don't have anywhere close to the amount you do (~600).

You know about the Amazon bookmarklet? on the right-hand side.

Though it's not quite as satisfying.

Ooh! I saw it, but hadn't actually read to see what it does.

Oops, that was me.