I like books. I especially like reading them and have, in my time, gone through a few. I’ve recently come across a couple of interesting web sites pertaining to the subject and thought I would share them with you.
First I came across Library Thing (courtesy of Neil Gaiman) and being a somewhat obsessive cataloguer I’ve started entering each book I read as I start (or finish it). If I tried to record all of the books I own or have read I could be at it for quite a while. What I’m appreciating are the wisdom of the crowds features where I can use the information that other people have entered to find books that I might like to read. Even better, as Mr Gaiman mentions in his post, is the unsuggester which gives you the exact inverse and highlights books that I wouldn’t look at in a million years. That feature is a stroke of genius and reason enough to use Library Thing. The spiffy interface and general usability of the site are just an added bonus.
The second book related site I’ve been spending some time at is Programming Books. Its more technical, and appropriate to this blog, than Library Thing and pretty much does what it says on the tin. So far, at least, the recommendations in the categories I have perused are pretty spot on. I’ve picked up a few more books to read and resolved to re-read a few that I have in my collection – which will then appear on Library Thing of course.
I suspect that I’m going to be spending a lot of 2007 with my nose in a book.