@eldang ooh I will check this out!
@eldang Would you be able to walk me through LIbraryThing a bit? I've looked at it a few times, but have had trouble making sense of it.
@jessmahler happy to, with the caveat that I’m still figuring it out a bit myself. Do you have specific questions or just want an overall intro?
@eldang Overall intro would be great. Thanks!
@jessmahler Actually, one more question before I start: are you a Goodreads user? I'm realising how many things I'd explain differently by reference to Goodreads vs for someone who doesn't have that set of habits.
@eldang Yeah, I'm on goodreads
@jessmahler Cool. I think the natural starting point is to import your existing library, which I did by following these instructions: https://blog.librarything.com/main/2013/05/sync-your-goodreads-to-librarything/
But I also got confused by some differences between GR & LT, so I'll mostly talk about those. (...)
@jessmahler Three biggies for me:
1) LT doesn't maintain its own catalogue; instead it lets you select from various catalogues to search in. This even comes into play in the import, because rather than importing all data from the GR export, it seems to try looking each book up for its reference copy. But none of the catalogues I tried covered every single book in my GR collection so I ended up importing twice with different ones (there is a setting to avoid duplication).
@jessmahler 2) Where GR has 3 built-in shelves and you can add others (e.g. I added one for a wishlist), LT has the concept of collections (listed in screenshot), and everything else is a tag. My import mapped my GR Read shelf -> LT Your library collection, and followed to-read and currently reading appropriately. But the custom shelf became a tag. The main reason it matters is that it's easier to combine ccollectionatalog+tag than two tags, so I converted my wishlist tag to the collection...
@jessmahler ...and now I have an easy way to give my parents-in-law a poetry wishlist (poetry tag in wishlist collection) for Christmas.
3) The thing I'm still getting tripped up by is that searching for a book in the obvious site search doesn't lead to an easy way to add it to any of my own collections. Instead I have to go to the separate "Add books" link and search there. As long as I remember to do that, adding to 1 or more of my collections is easy, but I don't have the habit yet.
@eldang Um. Just so you know...
@drwho (but still, thanks for letting me know, as disappointing as this is. I think I'm still happier having moved to something that they don't have a controlling stake in, but at best this knowledge dulls my enthusiasm for evangelising LibraryThing)
Unfortunately there aren't any f/oss, self-hosted alternatives out there. Best I was able to find was rigging up a second copy of Shaarli for that purpose.
@data @drwho @eldang it's still very early days, but it's chugging along! I'm posting all #Readlebee-related things on its own account: @Readlebee
And all the information about it can also be found on that masto profile, too!
Once it's far enough along, I'll be asking for a lot of help with translations and code, but for now it’s still getting the basics set up. 👍
@eldang whoa you have a hundred and eighty something reviews already!
@compostablespork imported from Goodreads! That’s most of the books I’ve read in the past ten years or more....
@eldang that makes a lot of sense, I was like, dude, he is a fast reader!
@compostablespork lol, in reality I’m not particularly.
@eldang I am such a slow reader
@eldang *rushes out, signs up for Library thing*
*comes back, finishes reading threads*
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