Mmmm… home-made apple pie. (Eating as I post.)
I found an interesting book-cataloguing tool on the web. Someone had it linked, but I don’t remember who it was. (Sorry about that whoever you are!) It is called, as you might have guessed, “Library Thing“. What makes this device cool is both the various ways in which one can organise one’s collection of books and how easy it makes it to input one’s library into the catalogue itself. Most books are quickly found through Amazon, which allows one to have a thumbnail picture of the cover along with the other information. But even if it isn’t at Amazon, the search function allows one to find it via a number of university libraries or through the Library of Congress. There are other neat features, but I’ll leave it for you to discover them yourself.
When you first visit the page, you can sign up for an account simply by picking a user-name and a password. It is really and truly that simple. The free account doesn’t expire, but it does only allow you to enter 200 books into your catalogue. For $10 you can enter unlimited books for a year. (After it expires, your books aren’t removed, but you can’t add any new books.) Or for $25 you can get a lifetime account.
I’ve only got a little over 100 books entered, so the widget for displaying a random selection of books from one’s catalogue is a bit limited for me. I have a selection of five in the sidebar to the left. I haven’t purchased a lifetime account, but I think I will if I have some Christmas money this year.