Free GM Resource: LibraryThing

Free GM Resource: LibraryThing
I'm kind of stoked about the fact that this is the second week in a row that the Free GM Resource I've put up was suggested by a reader and not something I (well, kind of) discovered on my own.

Hint: If you have some free resources, let me know so I can share them!

Yesterday I made my Sunday post over at Tenkar's Tavern about my Appendix N library that I have been working on and despite my best efforts I have about five titles that were accidental duplicate purchases. I don't like wasting money, and second copies of books that will probably take me forever to get to anyway just rub me the wrong way. I've been using Libib for a while now and I know one or two purchases were mistakes on my part about updating the library files for my mobile app. Another was definitely due to a title (or two) being republished with a different name. Libib doesn't know there are multiple names for a given work, nor does it know what titles from a series I'm missing.

One of the commentators, HJB, recommended LibraryThing. Allegedly LibraryThing does.....and a couple months ago LibraryThing went totally free! I already had an account, but since I had too many titles for their then-free option, I barely gave it a glance as it wouldn't work for me, which is a shame because I liked the interface.

Now that it is free, I've updated my login and I'm currently importing my current records.....

There is a mobile app and it isn't rated highly, but it also is free and it looks like a lot of folks are expecting full database interaction like you'd get from being online with a full-sized computer. That isn't an issue for me, because if the app lets me search my titles and scan in new titles.....I'm good.


  1. Thanks for the info. I didn't realize it had gone free. I might start using it again.

  2. What's it good for? Just an online catalog of books, and you tell them which ones you own? Couldn't I just as well use a spreadsheet? Or is the additional data on each book of some value? IDK, seems to me that you're just volunteering your time to groom their database, no? And of course, giving them a detailed list of what you as a consumer are in the market for. (Which is why I stopped using Goodreads.)

    1. You could use a spreadsheet.....I did for a while. I just found LibraryThing (and to a lesser extent Libib) easier for data entry. Being able to just take a picture of the barcode to enter a book is useful for me.