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Subject: Best book website?
Date Posted: 8/12/2009 9:31 AM ET
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What's the best site to use to get a complete list of an author's books, including the order of series? I'm in the midst of updating my book lists. Thanks!
Date Posted: 8/12/2009 9:34 AM ET
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Fantastic Fiction work's for me.

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 9:35 AM ET
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Fantastic Fiction Link has always worked for me. Hopes this helps.

Jane

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 10:02 AM ET
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Thanks. On the whole, does Fantastic Fiction include any stories in anthologies or online, as they fit into series? This seems to be the hardest part, finding all of those "missing links" that connect series.
Date Posted: 8/12/2009 10:27 AM ET
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I think www.FictionDB.com might work better for what you're looking for.   HTH

Subject: Bestest, bestest, bestest book website
Date Posted: 8/12/2009 3:03 PM ET
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fictiondb.com is the bomb!

Kelly, the webmistress, is a romance fanatic. She's got synopses, series lists (incl. sequence and novellas published in anthologies), complete lists of category titles in numerical order, cover images, lists of upcoming releases, author pseudonyms and more! She's just given the whole site a major makeover and it looks and works great!

If you've checked out this site before but shied away because of the membership fee, check it out again! There are now 3 levels of usage: Basic, Basic with login, and Premium. The basic memberships are FREE and if you sign up and login, you can track your books, your wishlist, your reading, your ratings, etc. Premium gives you more goodies and the price has dropped to $20/yr. I've been a member for 3 years now and I'll never let it go.

BTW, Gina, if you've got a bazillion books, you might want to get your fingers on a CUECAT SCANNER (trust me, I did not manually list 1,300 books on PBS and fictiondb.com). This barcode reader is sooooo easy. You plug it in a USB port and brush the kitty's mouth across the ISBN barcode. No software. Works in any application where you would type the numbers. Use a text editor like Notepad, give the filename a .csv (comma separated value) ending, and upload it to PBS, fictiondb.com, etc. It also works in the PBS "post multiple books" page. You can get it brand new on eBay for 13.13 incl. shipping. I recommend seller "theguywhopaystoomuchjusttowin" (his eBay store is "the cuecat store").

I don't have affiliations with any of the websites or vendors mentioned here. I'm just a book junky who found some neato-boss-keeno ways to keep track of my books and to find more books I just gotta have!

Colleen 



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Date Posted: 8/12/2009 5:07 PM ET
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I have to agree that fictiondb is better than Fantastic Fiction. I find it more accurate in keeping track of series. Fanfiction is better with the covers tho.

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 8:50 PM ET
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I gotta disagree, Seton. fictiondb.com includes all the covers with which a book has been published and reissued. I also think it's better organized and allows you to sort an author's booklist however you like (alphabetical, date published, etc.).

I also find the white background of fictiondb.com much easier on the eyes.

Colleen

 

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 9:34 PM ET
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FictionDb doesnt always include all the covers. For example, I was checking out the bibliography of Sheila Holland (the real name of Harlequin author Charlotte Lamb). FictionDB had almost none of her covers while FanFiction had a lot more.

I guess it's just best to check both sites but I still do think FictionDB is more accurate with keeping track of series and pseudonums

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 10:24 PM ET
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Fair comparison, Seton. fictiondb.com is much better with books/authors published since 1990, but Kelly is always working to fill in the blanks. I had a few dozen 1980's Silhouette Romances and submitted synopses and images.

In correspondence with Kelly, she told me that she has a huge storage space filled with books and that was the basis for the orginal database she started 10 years ago... Nobody has every book printed in the genre. Reader participation is always welcomed and appreciated.

Colleen

 

Date Posted: 8/13/2009 3:35 PM ET
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Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/13/2009 8:17 PM ET
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I usually google the author and see how they have the series listed.  Most authors have a least a rudimentory website at this point.

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Date Posted: 8/14/2009 1:39 PM ET
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i enjoy librarything.com the best of the website I have looked at.

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 2:02 PM ET
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Mary, I already did that, and though some authors have truly fantastic sites, others are definitely lacking. It's those authors I'm looking for through other means.
Date Posted: 8/21/2009 11:42 PM ET
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Of the paid sites like LibraryThing, Byron, and Fiction DB....i definitely agree Fiction DB is tops.

 I plan to let Byron expire as I never use it.

Fiction DB recently upgraded their site.....great!

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 6:32 AM ET
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Sheila, glad you agree with me about fictiondb.com (it's always nice to have someone else confirm my opinion). While I spend the $20/yr for fictiondb's premium subscription, their basic subscription is FREE. I like the premium because it gives me ad-free screens, advanced search features and printer-friendly lists.

FREE is good. It lets everyone test drive before they buy. <grin>

Colleen