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LibraryCin asked me to re-post here some links and group info that I gave in another thread.
So here you go (with some editing for clarification)!
I hope you'll continue to ask questions. Welcome to LibraryThing, or the Talk about LibraryThing groups are good places, not to mention Frequently Asked Questions! I see that LibraryCin has set up a group specifically for Shelfari refugees. There are also a variety of groups that address specific issues, such as combining, Common Knowledge, etc. https://www.librarything.com/groups/community
Ignore this Cindy. I found the thread where you explain this :-)
And how do I go back and amend any post errors afterwards,or is it too late?
Sorryfor asking dumb questions,but am still finding my feet.
This is the main "generic" Canadian one (at least that I've found):
There is also one specific to Canada Reads and a Canadian challenge group, as well.
There is one genre-specific one I'm active in and one challenge-focused group.
If anyone is interested in the challenge group, this is a fun one. Lots of challenges going on there:
I'll leave off the genre one at the moment, since everyone likes different genres.
I'm sure there are lots of other general groups for discussion, as well. I'll let others chime in with recommendations, as well.
>14 Melissa_J: My favorite non-challenge group is Club Read, where everyone keeps a thread chronicling their reading over the year, and chatting with everyone else about what they are reading. Club Read and the TBR Challenge (where you choose 12 primary & 12 alternate titles from off your shelves to read by the end of the year) are my LT "hangouts," haha.
If reading one or two books a week sounds like a lot, look at the groups that are most active http://www.librarything.com/groups/active and see if any suit you.
Welcome to LibraryThing! I hope you make it your home. There is quite a deep set of Groups covering a lot of interests beyond books. Browsing under the Groups tab is informative, but you can also do a general search, for example 'needlework' and click on Groups in the left column, you'll find 8 related groups, 7 of them dormant, but the 8th is Needlearts. Dormant groups can be re-activated just by posting a message. You can also create groups to fit your own interests.
Once you are settled enough, check out other members' profiles. If you find someone who seems simpatico, go visit the groups they belong to. Once you've made some connections thataway, the 'Groups and posts' setting in Talk will be more meaningful.
Once again I am having technical trouble. The group use ''tickers'' to chart their progress. I went to the site,chose my ticker,but havent a clue how to make it appear on this site!I copied the ticker,but dont know how or where to paste it.lol. Ah well,I'll get there eventually,Im sure someone in that group will help out.
Two days ago it was learning about Touchstones to make my titles appear a pretty blue,a nice feature.Who said you couldnt teach an old (68 end of the month!) new tricks?
In fact, I hope you'll join us at the Group, "All Writers Considered," where we like to recognize that there are people behind all those books we love, and we have plenty to say about favorite authors, new-to-me ditto, and maybe authors we wish weren't. if you don't see a topic about your favorite author, please start one.
Everyone's friendly on LT, and most are helpful. So once again, pull up your favorite reading chair and join in the discussions. We'd like to hear from you!
And how quickly you did it! I have been waiting 10 days for my Goodreads import.Done by they themselves on shelfari,and only two books arrived.Now that I have my correct books on LT,and backed up on Leafmarks,I get the feeling GR will soon be seeing the back of me.The ''merger'' has been a disgrace on every front
Is there undo instructions?
Go to Your Books.
Click the Lightning Bolt button.
Click Select All Books (you might want to do All on Page if you have a lot of titles).
Click the Delete Books tab.
Click the Delete Selected Books button. ** This cannot by undone. **
>29 dustydigger: & >30 nospi: As for covers, if you look at Your Books, make sure you can see the ISBN in one of the views. You should notice that the titles without covers are the titles without ISBNs. You can see your cover stats here: http://www.librarything.com/profile/MEMBERNAME/stats/covers (Or click Home > Stats/Memes >Book Covers)
Looking at your library now, the blank covers are appearing largely on books that either have no author information, or incorrect author information listed, like this one, and this one. These can be easily fixed, by correcting the author information. That should automatically combine them with the correct work page, which should then get you covers.
I'm not sure how much poking around on LT you've done yet, but let me know if you have any questions about how work pages, um... work, for lack of a better term.
I know that you can have multiple collections selected at the same time, but I'm not sure if you can deselect them all? Or what would happen if you deselected all the options by accident.
If you click on the book title and and look at the book page, are you able to click on Collections to see if it accidentally got added somewhere else? Or deselected from everything? Am I making sense!? :-)
Things usually show up in a new collection immediately.
When you say you moved it, how did you do that?
BTW Reentering (or deleting and reentering) is usually the worst thing you can do. It just confuses the servers even more. It's frustrating when these things happen, but they usually clear up fairly quickly if you stop trying to fix them.
In general, LT is quite reliable. Now and then the servers do get out of sync, but not for long. Sometimes it goes down, but not very often, and not for long. And even when people have lost data by deleting something by mistake, Tim & co have usually been able to get it back.
>35 LibraryCin: You are not supposed to remove a book from all collections. Actually, you are not supposed to be able to do it. I think the only place it will give you a warning message is on the edit book page; it says it will add it to 'Your library'. Most places it just won't let you remove that last collection. Someone recently caused problems by deleting a collection, but a few books were only in that collection. http://www.librarything.com/topic/216945
My guess is that the systems people will try to plug that hole.
I tend to add every book I have or borrow to 'My Library' and then also mark them 'To read', 'Currently reading' or 'Read'. That way all three of the latter categories add up to the total amount of books in 'My Library'. I have also added my own categories (called 'Collections') for things like 'Reviewed' and for a few WWE challenge reads I have done/am doing, ('2015 Pick & Mix', '2016 Pick & Mix', etc).
You can modify your categories/collections in the 'Collections' drop-down found on the 'Your Books' tab on the menu bar, (a.k.a. the chocolate bar ;).
BTW, even with clicking on columns you can chose a primary and secondary sort. The previous primary sort moves to secondary when a new sort is chosen, so first click on the secondary, and then on the primary.
eta just reread your note... so i can add it as an additional column for the style i already have. Thats better. Thanks again!
Eta yay, success! Thank you.
Thanks so much!
You can search (best is by ISBN) in a variety of sources.
If none of the sources has the book you can enter manually. Go to the bottom of the left hand column for the link. The page will look like the edit book page, but is empty.
I have added it in myself - thank you for instructions! I just need to upload a cover.
I put my books in by going to add books at the top of the page.
Note that you need to make these selections (and add tags) before you select the book you are adding to your library from the search results on the right side of the page. Once you finish reading the book, simply change the collection it belongs to from 'Currently reading' to 'Read'.
Even more so, you need to make the selection of collections and add tags before you click the Search button, not just before you select the book on the side. If you forget (as I do often), after you've added the book you can click the Quick Edit button and adjust your collections and tags there, without having to open up the Edit Book page.
Interesting. I had no idea what you all were talking about. Seven unread items? Huh?
I hardly ever click on 'Talk'. I find having a 'Talk' section on my home page to be more convenient - at least for the (probably backwards) way I tend to do things...
By choosing the Groups and posts header, the most recent posts to my groups automagically rise to the top.
There are probably some great benefits to going directly to the Talk page that I am missing out on. Maybe the LT Experts can chime in and give a few hints...?
I keep my talk page on the starred in your world so I have quick access to this place.
Lots of cool ways to do things here at LT!
So... I always go to the "Talk" tab/page.
I also love how customizable things are and that there are many different ways to do things.
ETA: So, I guess I just never looked close enough and/or just didn't take the (all of about 10 seconds) time to figure it out! No that difficult to sort by "unread" and there are the new threads/posts! Oh, well. I'm used to the Talk tab now... I doubt I'll change that.
>77 .Monkey.: Tell where I can find that statement about the terms, please.
I do not consider my 'group' to be pointless, meaningless or random. It definitely has content.
"the core principle is a core principle of the site--no misuse of site features (TOS: "Do not subvert or misuse site features."). Leaving this group aside, if someone were to make a group for the sole purpose of having a place to stick their words, it wouldn't be a group and would be deleted. Groups, like all site features, are more than just a bunch of text fields that get stored in a database and throw up on the screen. They are intended to be used in certain ways, relating to the name and features of the feature, and not others. Using a group as a personal argument pin-board is no different from using the work system to catalog authors on a Goodreads hit-list, dumping databases of books you don't have any connection to into the book system, using the LibraryThing cover system to go after the LDS for being anti-LGBT (the cat shitting-on-book-of-Mormon covers), or using the user system to create dozens of alter egos who have weird conversations with each other but don't engage in any sock-puppetry per se. All of those have happened, and none of them fell under any other principle than misuse of features."
I don't think Dosha is here. If she is, I haven't seen her. Auntie is here once in while - not very active here.
I think Dosha tried LT and found it too confusing. I think she's mostly at GR now. She may still have an account, but I'm not sure she's using it.
Melissa is also here and yes, she is avidreader. She is at both sites, but more active in groups at GR, I believe. I'm sure she's around here, too, though. She likes the cataloguing here.
My favorite method of adding a book is by searching Amazon and getting either ASIN or ISBN. If not I head to worldcat.org.
I think both Dosha and Auntie (now Kimberly) are pretty much exclusively on Goodreads now.