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Subject: My Library in Google Books
Date Posted: 4/3/2010 8:13 PM ET
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I played around with creating a library in Google Books today. It's a work in progress, but I thought some of you might be interested.

You can search the full text of any book in my library. Hits will display only what the publisher allows. But what the heck. You may remember you read a book on Xenophon, but not remember the title.

To browse my HF shelf, you may have to scroll to the bottom of the page.

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 9:30 PM ET
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That is so cool!. I've started my bookshelf.

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 9:43 AM ET
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Thanks, Donna. It's a test run for something I want to do at work. I was amazed at how easy it was to set up.

Are you ready to share the URL for your bookshelf yet?

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 9:44 AM ET
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This IS cool...and of course, I started a shelf too!  I'm sort of working on both novels and non-fiction about ancient Greece, and so I've started my shelf with this in mind.  I want to use it as a TBR listing.  Maybe I'll just read my way through history!  That sounds like so much fun to me.

Does this make me a nerd or a geek?  ;D

My Nerdy Shelf

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 10:21 AM ET
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Oh, I really like this! I already have gmail, store some documents there, why not keep my books there too? This looks great!

Vicky, if this makes you a nerd, well, you are in good company, cause we are all nerds! :-D

I can't wait to get my shelf started!

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 10:23 AM ET
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Vicky, when I try to look at your nerdy shelf, it takes me to my own nerdy shelf. lol  I can see Genie's just fine tho.

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 11:00 AM ET
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Hmmm...that's strange.  Let me try it again.  Does this work? 

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 5:36 PM ET
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Here's the link for mine http://books.google.com/books?uid=15184384196743100125. It's defintely a work in progress.

Genie, how did remove the "Reviewed" section?



Last Edited on: 4/5/10 9:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/5/2010 7:46 PM ET
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Okay..Donna, your link takes me to my bookshelf!  Does my second link take anyone to my shelf?  If not...Genie, what are we doing wrong??

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 7:49 PM ET
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Y'all, the link thingie is confusing. The way to link to your library is:

  1. Log in to Google and go to Google Books
  2. Follow the link for My Library in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. The link for your library will appear in your browser line. It will contain a UID number, like this: http://books.google.com/books?uid=12084543871139605562

Yeah, we're all geeks.

Re the reviewed section, I didn't remove it. Much to my dismay, Google doesn't let you remove the preset bookshelves. Everyone gets a reviewed, favorites, reading now, etc shelf.

The only reason I can figure for the reviews not showing up is, they haven't yet been vetted by Google. Or maybe they don't meet Google requirements. I'm not sure. (I don't really care either.)

I'd love to be able to order my bookshelves the way I want them rather than the Google defaults. I'd like to be able to remove bookshelves that Google insists I need. But, what the hey, it's a free service. Maybe they'll come out will something we (libraries) can subscribe to and take more control over.

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 8:24 PM ET
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Okay..let's try this:  

http://books.google.com/books?uid=9295127604075894024

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 9:11 PM ET
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Is this better http://books.google.com/books?uid=15184384196743100125

Vicky, yours works.



Last Edited on: 4/5/10 9:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/5/2010 9:15 PM ET
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Donna -- your link works fine if you take out the first http://.

Will one of you come and enter all my books?? I'm much too lazy -- but it sure looks cool.

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 9:25 PM ET
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Deb, I loaded my books by downloading the lists we have here in PDB into excel.  I deleted the entries I didn't want and copied the ISBN's into Word.  Now it's a table. I converted the table to text and then copied the list into Google.  It only took a few minutes.

Date Posted: 4/6/2010 3:06 PM ET
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I used the LibraryThing export feature to export my LT library to a spreadsheet. Then I sorted the spreadsheet by tag so that most (if not all) "historical" (historical fiction, historical mystery, etc) tags grouped together.

Next, I copied the ISBN column for this group of tags. I used Notepad to remove the brackets ([ ]) LT used to surround the ISBNs.

Then I copied the list of ISBNs (one per line) in Google Books. The whole process took only a few minutes.