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May. 11th, 2009 | 09:17 am


Well sort of.

This morning I finally completed the loading of all of my books into LibraryThing.

The reason I started this project was to keep myself from buying duplicates (and to keep down the number of duplicates within my friend circle in general).

The problem is, most of the books I don't care about really. Other then graphic novels, the rest are for the most part paperbacks I just loan out. Some I get back, some I don't. I've given away scores of O'Reilly books and dozens of copies of a couple of other series. When I find some books for under a buck I just buy them so that I can give them out to others.

It is not like I own every book I have ever read.

What I would love to have is a dump of the database from my childhood libraries (or from the library in Iowa City, I read a lot as a graduate student). Part of me would love to know some of the titles of books I have almost completely forgotten. This sort of information would be fun to have.

As for books I currently have?

The graphic novels I worry about duplicating since I pick up a lot of these, almost all, at used bookstores. So it is handy to pull up a browser and sort through a stack of them before I go to the checkout counter.

Everything else?

If I was to move nowadays I would shed a lot of books before I did. Less and less, do I see the point of keeping them around. There are only a few technical books that have stayed relevant enough for me to want to keep them. For fiction, once I have read the book I am done with it. I hardly ever go back and reread fiction.

If it wasn't for DRM, I would just switch to electronic books (and I fully expect DRM to go away with books within the next few years).

The value of an object is inversely valued based on a ratio of its weight and awkwardness when carried up a flight of stairs. When I stopped moving every year I stopped tracking this as much, but I still ponder this fact whenever I buy something (I live on the third floor of an old house with a very narrow stairwell). Books weigh a lot when you have to carry crates of them.

The main realization of this morning when I completed cataloging all of the books?

I think I still have a crate of Geology and Math textbooks downstairs that I have never unpacked.

So much for completion.

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from: awfief
date: May. 11th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)

I use www.paperbackswap.com to get "rid" of books -- basically, you pay for postage when you send your books to people who request them. You get 1 credit for each book sent, and can request books with the credits you have. So it's basically a 1-for-1 book swap -- I like it because I have a lot of books I read once and then I'm done with it, so I can constantly rotate for under $3 a book, and unlike donating to a library, i know that each book is going to someone who wants them.

I bet you could get a history of your college/grad school readings -- likely the system was computerized, even back then. And it probably wouldn't hurt to ask your childhood library if you can get the records of the books you checked out. (I assume that's what you mean about "database dump", otherwise you can probably find the library catalog for your childhood library online).

For the record, I also would love a list of books I've read over my lifetime....and movies I've seen....and and and.....

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from: dip_thong
date: May. 12th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)

I assume that math hasn't changed that much since the Pliestocene when you were in college, maybe I should look through them when my life gets unbusy again.

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from: anonymous
date: May. 13th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)

Do graphic novels also have ISBNs? I just have a text file of ISBNs, sorted, and cut to a "note" for the iphone when it was released. My issue is with dupes: 10-digit ISBNs and 13-digit ISBNs (prefix 973, and diff checksum) catch me sometimes.

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from: krow
date: May. 13th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)

Yes, graphic novels have ISBN.

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