Based in Portland, Maine
LibraryThing was developed by Tim Spalding and went live on August 29, 2005. As of February 2021, it has 2,600,000 users and over 155 million books catalogued.
Each work may comprise different editions, translations, printings, audio versions, etc. Members are encouraged to add publicly visible reviews, descriptions, Common Knowledge and other information about a work; ratings, collections and tags help categorization. Discussion in the forums is also encouraged.
Items are classified using the Melvil Decimal System, based on the out-of-copyright 1922 edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification
with modifications for standard spelling of division names (as opposed to the original names, which were spelled in accordance with Dewey's advocated spelling reforms
), and modernised terminology.
In 2016 LibraryThing launched TinyCat
, an OPAC
designed for the cataloging and circulation of libraries of up to 20,000 items.
TinyCat is marketed towards small independent libraries, such as schools, community centers, religious institutions, academic departments, as well as individuals.
LibraryThing is majority owned by founder Tim Spalding.
Online bookseller AbeBooks
bought a 40% share in LibraryThing in May 2006 for an undisclosed sum. AbeBooks became a subsidiary of Amazon in 2008.
In January 2009, Cambridge Information Group
acquired a minority stake in LibraryThing, and their subsidiary Bowker
became the official distributor to libraries.
At the end of June 2006, LibraryThing was subject to the Slashdot effect
from a Wall Street Journal
The site's developers added servers to compensate for the increased traffic. In December of the same year, the site received yet more attention from Slashdot
over its UnSuggester feature, which draws suggestions from books least likely to appear in the same catalog as a given book.
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- ^ "Manual Entry". Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- ^ Spalding, Tim (19 August 2010). "Introducing the "Melvil Decimal System"". LibraryThing. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
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- ^ "Introducing TinyCat: The OPAC for Tiny Libraries". LibraryThing Blog. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- ^ Klein, Loren (19 August 2015). "New LibraryThing OPAC, TinyCat, Announced". Public Libraries Online. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- ^ a b "CIG Acquires Minority Stake in LibraryThing; Bowker to Distribute to Libraries". Archived from the original on 5 August 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- ^ Davies, Richard (2006-05-16). "ABEBOOKS.COM ACQUIRES MAJOR STAKE IN LIBRARYTHING.COM – A SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE FOR BIBLIOPHILES". AbeBooks.com.
- ^ Rutkoff, Aaron (2006-06-27). "Social Networking for Bookworms". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2006-12-15.
- ^ "Unsuggester: Finding the Book You'll Never Want". Slashdot. 2006-12-04. Retrieved 2006-12-15.
Last edited on 2 April 2021, at 17:32
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