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Subject: Can the Books I've Read list be made visible?
Date Posted: 9/18/2007 2:57 PM ET
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Hey everyone! I'm kimmie, and I'm a newbie here with a quick question for any and everybody. Is there any way to make the BIR list visible to others? I was thinking of linking to mine in a blog so my friends can see the catalog of novels I got through this summer. If that's at all possible, I'd be rather pleased, but if not, I could obviously just type out by hand every book title myself. Thanks in advance to anyone who can answer this one for me! Happy book-swapping to you all!

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 3:04 PM ET
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Kimberly,

Welcome to the world of addicted book readers.  It's nice to meet you and I hope you get just as addicted as the rest of us.

I'm not sure if you can link your BIR list to your blog, but I'm sure one of our other members can answer that question for you.

Just wanted to give you a warm welcome.

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 3:09 PM ET
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I don't think you can but there is a site called goodreads.com that you can list all of your books that you've read and link it to your blog

you could download a file and then upload it to goodreads so you don't have to enter them all



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Date Posted: 9/18/2007 3:20 PM ET
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Oh, cool! Thanks so much for the help, Leslie!



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Date Posted: 9/18/2007 5:31 PM ET
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I just made a notebook entry that lists all the books I read this year.  Then I edit the entry to add new books.  Just click my name and you can see my entry.

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 7:40 PM ET
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that works too but not sure you could link it through a blog, well you could link the page but you may not want everyone to see all of the other things.

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 7:52 PM ET
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I've already taken up Leslie's goodreads.com suggestion, but thanks so much for your input, Jen!

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 9:10 PM ET
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I see you've found a solution, but I'll chime in anyway in case this is helpful.

There's a download button with CSV on the BIR page.  I don't know how anyone would use that...I'm a technodummy, but it might save a lot of typing if one knows what they're doing.  :-)

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 2:40 AM ET
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I would definitely NOT want my list of Books I've Read or even Books I've Received posted anywhere.

What happens when you 1) decide to file for divorce, 2) need to find out some information on lupus, 3) found the perfect book to get your resumes noticed by potential employers, or 4) got a copy of The Anarchist Cookbook?

I say this as both a reader and a librarian. One of my libraries only gave information about a patron when the FBI gave them a warrant / subpoena. 

The examples I've used are requests that are often asked about at the Reference Desk.  Do you really want your boss to find out you are planning to leave the company?  Or the woman behind you, who happens to be the biggest busy-body in the PTA, find out that you may have lupus?  Or your spouse or kids find out that you are ready to file for divorce?

This is why the library doesn't keep a record of the items you've checked out once they are returned (unless you owe a fine).

I know that my bookshelf  (and Wish List) is available to look at by anyone, but I haven't necessarily read those books.  I could have gotten them anywhere.  (And the Wish List could be for anyone in my household, not just me.)

Making a list like this public is just asking for trouble.  If it is ever offered as a feature, I really hope that it will be an option not a default. 

 

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 2:14 PM ET
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I can understand what you are saying Ange, but if you can control what is seen by others, such as on goodreads.com, then it shouldn't matter what is posted and it is all up to the person that uses the site or wants to share the info with someone.  I know my list is all fiction and it doesn't bother me for anyone to see that list.  I've had breast cancer and wouldn't care if someone saw that I read a book about it...after all they don't know if it ws for me or for a friend/family member.  They would be jumping to some big conclusions.

I know my library has a feature in my online account where I can see all of the books I've checked out since activating that segment.  I find this very helpful so I don't borrow or buy a book I've already read.

so overall I disagree that someone is asking for trouble by posting a list of books they've read.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 5:38 PM ET
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Natasha, I actually downloaded my BIR list onto my computer and uploaded it on GoodReads.com so that all my books could be quickly added to my list on that site without me having to search for every individual book.