Do you include bookcrossing books no longer in your possession?


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Do you include bookcrossing books no longer in your possession?

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Jun 20, 2007, 11:59 pm

I was just interested in how people manage bookcrossing and the Librarything. Do you keep LT restricted just to those books in your possession? What about rings or rays? Or books you have sent on to someone else? Or rings you are hosting?

Jun 21, 2007, 1:16 am

I include all my bookcrossing books, including ones I've released, traded, had in a book ring. I really need to do this as the nature of some of the titles means I could easily aquire them again without realising I've already read them! LOL

I keep it simple in my tags so I know what's what. I only use Traded on Bookcrossing (if I've had it and it's gone), available to trade, and registered on bookcrossing. I also have used temporary tags to indicate book rings until they have been forwarded to the next person etc.

I basically use LT as my book catalog, if I didn't include all the books I currently have/have recently read then it wouldn't be so useful to me, plus I have incorporated my wishlist in LT and that sometimes gets a good pruning as well. I can direct other BC users to my LT catalog so that they can see what I've read/want etc. that isn't on the BC list - which helps when trading!

Jun 21, 2007, 6:24 am

I tag all my released books 'bx' - Tim indicated a while ago that there will eventually be a way for LT to recognize books a member doesn't have in their library and he suggested they be tagged with tags beginning with '@'

as a result I currently have multiple copies of several books registered here at LT

Jun 21, 2007, 6:27 am

I use the tag "released into the wild" for bookcrossing books I have released. I have not listed all the bookcrossing books yet, but eventually will get around to that. I use LT as a reference for ME. I like looking back and remembering a book I read even if it is no longer in my possession.

Jun 21, 2007, 7:23 am

I only register BookCrossing books that are in my possession or those for which I am running a bookray or bookring (basically indicating I am responsible for knowing the books' whereabouts).

In the event my bookray or bookring stalls, I immediately remove that book from my LT bookshelf.

I like to use the wishlist at Clliff's site as it is well integrated with Bookcrossing and helps me find people who would potentially like to join the rays and rings I run.

I register many books here at LT that are not registered at BookCrossing. Most of these I'll probably register at BookCrossing prior to their release after I've read them.

Jun 21, 2007, 8:02 am

This is not the place for my Bookcrossing activity. That's what my BC bookshelf is for.

LibraryThing is for books on my physical shelves. It is not for books I want, books I've read but don't own, or books I once have but have no longer.

Jun 21, 2007, 8:27 am

lilithcat said LibraryThing is for books on my physical shelves. It is not for books I want, books I've read but don't own, or books I once have but have no longer.


Jun 21, 2007, 8:16 pm

There seems to be a lot of different responses to this. I was starting to feel a bit worried that I was doing the wrong thing. The reason I got onto to LT was to get recommendations/suggestions about other books I would like. So I basically only list books here that I have read. That is not the purpose of bookcrossing for me, as there are heaps of books I have registered for release only. And I don't register my PC on bookcrossing, so I need to catalogue that somewhere.

I am very happy to have a list of all the books I have read, but it means I need to include books that are no longer in my possession. I think I will start tagging to indicate whether I have them in my posession, as that seems useful.

Thanks for all your different perspectives..

Jun 22, 2007, 12:48 am

a nice feature would be the option of toggling each book 'on' or 'off' for the purpose of generating recommendations. my own personal recommendations are as good as useless due to the 'special interest' portions of my library - the only recommendations I get are for Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Dungeons & Dragons books - I have a lot of these but (other than future releases) I have no interest in any more.

Editado: Jun 22, 2007, 3:37 am

On LT, I have listed the books I own, tagged mine, plus the books I have read. I tag them with library for library books, bookcrossing for BC rings or rays I took part in and so on.
That gives me the possibility to filter a list of "books I read in 2006", regardless of who owns them.
I have created a number of filters, which are all explained in my profile, so people can view my library under different aspects. They will also allow me to separate the different collections, if they come into being as a feature.

My Bookcrossing shelf contains the books I culled from my library and which I have or want to release. If I haven't read them (culled from Mt. TBR - don't we all do that?), they will be deleted from LT, if I have read them the tag mine will be changed to bookcrossing.

Jul 1, 2007, 8:26 pm

If I've reviewed a book, then yes I tag it NO LONGER OWNED BY ME; otherwise, I do delete them.

Different folks have different uses here, so you can handle your book entries however you wish.

Nov 9, 2007, 3:17 am

I only use my LT for books that are physically in my possession and I was thinking of creating a separate account to create a wishlist (in addition to my Cliff's wishlist). I hadn't thought about doing it with tags.

Nov 9, 2007, 9:38 am

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I really love my wishlist at Cliff's. I think I like it so much because it meshes with BookCrossing and so that, from time to time, someone surprises me with a book from my wishlist. The book just appears magically in my mailbox!

If you wait a while, I think Tim and Company will be making a wishlist option here at LT (although it's low on the list of priorities). What was suggested here at LT in the past was to list Wishlist books on your own account but with the tag "wishlist". In that way, it will be easy to pull out the wishlist books and simply move them to the new feature when it finally arrives.