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CollectionsYour library (445), Computer (42), Art & Design (222), eBooks (28), Photography (27), Cookbooks (22), Sports (11), Wishlist (25), Currently reading (14), Paperbacks (18), To read (1), Read but unowned (29), Favorites (7), Turcotte Collection (92), All collections (522)

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About meReal name: Christopher Holland
Work as a web/technology consultant, currently working on LibraryThing itself. I've worked on the in-place editing for your catalog. I wrote most of the code behind Common Knowledge. I wrote most of the code for displaying reviews on the site. I prototyped most of LibraryThing Local. And I've dabbled in most of other code at some level or another. See my WikiThing page for more information about my past and current LibraryThing projects.

I also do quite a bit of archaeological data research. I am a member of the Coroplastic Studies Interest Group of the AIA and I am the primary developer of numerous archaeological data tools including Digmaster and the DATS Project. I was also the director of digital tools at the Lahav Research Project's 1999 paperless digital dig season. I have presented papers at AIA and ASOR.

You can get me at christopher at librarything dot com.
Also do quite a bit of photography, drawing, and painting. You can find some of my photos on Flickr under the username of conceptDawg.

I graduated from Mississippi State University and on weekends in the Fall you can most likely find me back in Starkville for a football game and some tailgating. Feel free to contact me and hang out at our tailgate if you're going to a game at MSU.

I live in Mobile, Alabama, USA. I'm not from here. We just ended up here because my wife is a chemical engineer and got a job at an oil refinery just west of the city. I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and went to Catholic High.

My ideas about design and interface were summed up rather brilliantly by Mr. Emerson quite a while before I came along:
"The beautiful rests on the foundations of the necessary."
"We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its ends."
Goodness, that is perfect.

And as for a little lighter quote, here's Dave Gruber about Apple:
'“We’re going to make these decisions for you and offer a limited number of choices” is indeed the company’s philosophy. That’s called design.'

About my libraryMost of my books are related to either art and art history or computer technology. I have a few fiction paperbacks, but those usually end up being given to friends or "loaned" out permanently when I am finished with them.

I have eclectic interests: archaeology; history; technology; history of technology; secret societies (freemasons, templars, mostly from my interest in archaeology as I've been to many of the places where their histories played out).

GroupsAll About Art, Archaeology, Art & Books, Baseball, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Book Arts, Books in 2025: The Future of the Book World, Bug Collectors, Christopher's LT Testing Group, Christopher's Private Test Groupshow all groups

Favorite authorsAnsel Adams, Douglas Adams, Walter Inglis Anderson, Lisa Carey, Carolyn Haines, Christopher Holland, Evan Peacock, Ayn Rand, Joe D. Seger, Louis H. Turcotte (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Eastern Shore, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Mobile, Bienville Books, Books-A-Million #315 - Spanish Fort, Books-A-Million #628 - Belaire Mall, Christopher's House, McCormick Book Inn, Page & Palette, Porter Square Books, The Book Rack: Mobile, AL, Viking Cooking School - Greenwood

Favorite librariesChristopher's Office, Holland Public Library, Mississippi State University Library, Mississippi State University Library - Architecture Branch, Mobile Public Library - Main Library, Mobile Public Library - West Regional Branch, Papercut Zine Library, Starkville Public Library

Other favoritesLibraryThing H.Q., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (museum and shop)

Favorite publishersO'Reilly Media


Also onAIM, Cork'd, delicious, Facebook, Flickr, Wikipedia, Yahoo Messenger

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Real nameChristopher Holland

LocationMobile, AL

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/conceptDawg (profile)
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Member sinceJan 22, 2006

Currently readingHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) by J. K. Rowling
Old Masters, New World: America's Raid on Europe's Great Pictures by Cynthia Saltzman
JavaScript: The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford
The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World by Gabriel Campanario
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I was trying to thumb baswood's review of Our Mutual Friend on my iPad, and either my device or the site hiccuped. His thumbs went from 15 to 22. I liked the review, but not THAT much.


Chris Begley
Hello Christopher,

There is a small problem on LT with the average rating, for example with this book it doesn't show the right average based on all the ratings given by members:

As this is a nice part of LT in my opinion, can you fix it?

Thank you in advance,

I just tried to message the former bazah... now Cee after a name change this morning. It says that her account has been suspended due to unusual activity. I know this has to bee an oops.. can you fix it ?



I have been adding books to my collection. Today, every time I went to change the collection group, the page would go back to the first collection I entered today. I tried going to the home page, different areas in Library Thing, but every time I went back to add books, it would go back to the first collection group and would not change to another collection group. Hope you can figure out the bug. Thanks sdugan
Hi, Can you explain to me why when I log into my books it always is in format A Titles when I left it in format B, alphabetized by author and publication date? Thanks, Thom
8-Year Thingaversary: huzzah!
Having checked out the alive or dead section of my reader profile, I've found many dead people carried as still living or LT is unsure whether they are alive or not. How does one update the alive or dead lists so we can be more accurate in this feature? I'm not a very organized person on computers but I can personally check on whether people are dead rather than setting up a Google algorithm for this. I like the Zombie joke though.

Dinadan's Friend
I have just arrived back in Greenland after christmas with my family in Denmark and I just want to say thank you very much for my santathing books. They are all new to me, but look very interesting, so I can't wait to get started on them.
Hope you have had a merry christmas and that the new year will be a great one for you
From trisweather
Hi, I'm working on Wikipedia and I've done projects for Wikipedia, I'm asked to link Wikidata and librarything, if you want to know what's wikidata. you can read more in [ Wikipedia article]. I want to mass-add links to your pages (one example []) I hope if you help me about API of librarything I would really appreciate that. Best
Hi Chris,

Deerhorne says that as none of the 90 had a matching venue he marked them as unlinkable. Could you undo all of deerhorne's non-linkages and return the events to the pool for a second go at them?


Hi Chris,

There is a bug in the collections sorting. The 'click and drag' feature is not working properly. When clicking on a collection, it randomly sorts it below somehow, but no customization is possible presently.

Many thanks,
Hi Chris

I would like to see a small change on the Members Giveaway page.

I visit every day or so and if I have time I take a look at the Giveaway page. It grows longer and longer and I am starting to find it tedious to review for new offerings.

There are some sort options at the top of the page and I use them but I would like the offer opening date to be clearly posted with each title (alongside the close date perhaps) and then to be able to sort by offer date so that I can only look at the ones added since I last looked. The START DATE sort does not seem to work exactly like that because the sort function does not seem powerful enough. I haven't taken screen shots or anything in order to check my impression, but by listing the opening date it would be clear to all.


I would like to have my tags visible when I add a new book - there is a blank box, but a drop down list of what I've created would be really helpful. I guess my librarian gene is showing up, but creating an "authority" list so I use the same "subject" is something I would like to be able to do on the entry screen, not the edit screen.

Thanks (and if I can and just have not figured out how ... please let me know.)

kathy (afktm)

There is a bug in the program. I just reviewed
and was pleased to see that there were a lot of other reviewers who rated the book highly. Unfortunately, this is NOT reflected in the chart on the right numbering how many stars each rating gave. The chart and the ratings in the reviews are widely different. There has to be an error somewhere.
i'm really interested in photography.... good books!
Hi there, I signed up for 2 library thing accounts. One was for our homeschool bookclub THINKing Cap Society, and the other was for me. I can remember the info to access my account, but I can't remember the info to access out bookclub account. I tried creating a new account for our bookclub, but I'm informed that there is already an account by that name. Can you help me either by deleting that account so I can make a new one, or by giving me the info to access that account? Thanks, SEG (mtntopgrays)
Is thier an easy way to indicate that my book is an ebook?
When I add a new book I am offered a quick opportunity to add a tag. Someday, could there be a way for tags (like subjects or shelf locations) which I have already entered, to pop up and offer themselves, just to prevent me from duplicating very similar tags. It would be like a "smart field" on my accounting system. This would prevent me from adding the tag "Literature, American, Modern" when I already have the tag "Literature, American, Post-war".

Perhaps there is already a hierarchical feature that keeps me from the mess I have now made? Do tell.

Thanks for this great site,
Hi, Something is weird with the rating system. This book should have a different average rating than is shown. Am I missing something?
Best, Richie
I would like to enter a book in the Member Giveaway and the cover image is a generic one, not the actual cover of my book. Is this normal or will I have to import an image? Thanks.
Hi - I have a request for several columns to be added to the standard import .csv format: COMMENTS and PRIVATE COMMENTS? We're thinking of using LibraryThing to import a couple of catalogs for small book collections under academic department's control at Colgate University. I'm with the main library, and we have to date offered them a way to catalog them in a separate database in our III ILS, but we want to move to something moer user-friendly and geared to the needs of these small collections. So we have fields that we could map to comments, if we could import them.
Comment on this image. Image comments only appear on your own profile page and the image page itself.'s my count (top to bottom): Classic II, 15" Alum. Powerbook (not pictured..but just to the right of photo), 15" MacBook Pro (box), Pinstripe Grey G3, Windtunnel G4, 1st Gen Mac Mini, iPhone 3, iPhone 4, Power Mac 2x2.4 Ghz Quad Core Xeon (17GB RAM), and the Harmon-Kardon Soundsticks (not nec. an Apple product but design was overseen by Apple), Apple aluminum keyboard.
Please correct the address for Fitchburg (WI) Public Library. It is listed as 5520 Lacy Rd., but should be 5530 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg, WI 53711. Thanks so much.

Friends of Fitchburg Library
... and the contact page:
The Staff List on WikiThing needs updating. Dan seems to be ThrivingKings now and John has left.
Hi. I was wondering is there some way to have the print APP work when you are on a friends wish list. Thanks. Really like this site.
(I have translated my text into English using an online translator).
I have a question you submit.
Do you or do you plan to encode a solution easily book (same ISBN) involving several works by the same author or more different writers?
Thank you in advance for your reply.

(J'ai traduit mon texte en anglais au moyen d'un traducteur en ligne).
J'ai une question à vous soumettre.
Auriez-vous ou envisagez-vous une solution pour encoder facilement des livres (même ISBN) réunissant plusieurs oeuvres d'un même écrivain ou de plusieurs écrivains différents?
Merci d'avance pour votre réponse.

Bingo! Although how I managed to change my font when I was using my mouse will remain a mystery!


I'm happily using the site when suddenly the display got huge. How can I get my setting back to normal? (I tried clearing my cache but that didn't work.

Every time I attempt to search the database a screen comes up with "indexing catalog" and a bar graph that is part green and part grey. Can't maneuver at all in the database. This has been happening off and on since the last major change to site. Can you help?
I've started a discussion about something you mentioned a while ago, the CK search:


I'm having problems all of a sudden where the screen comes up basically unusable. It doesn't seem to be receiving the images in HTML format. This was intermittent for a day or so and now it is pretty much constant. Is there something I can do to change this. I am using Internet Explorer but was using Mozilla when it started.

Thanks for your help


I've been trying to get a new Member Giveaway up and keep getting the following message: Error #212a (Okay, we made that up.)

I tried signing out and signing back in and I also tried a different browser, but no luck. Any ideas on what I can do to get the giveaway posted today? Thanks!

~ Paula
I'm trying to add 'The Last Ringbearer' in English ( to my books, and can find it through the general search bar. When I click on 'Add to your library' though, Librarything can't find it. I've switched sources (one person recommended I use the Nat. Lib. of Poland), but I've had no luck. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?
Thank you!
Hi this isn't a big problem. For some reason when I add a book to my list, it has stopped showing up in other members with the same books.
No worries, mate. Glad you liked them..
too bad! I hope to receive good news from you very soon!

is there a Librarything iPhone app? if no, do you plan to develop one?

I'm new to LibraryThing, and I have a question about one of the display styles. In style D, there is a column for "Google Books." There is no information in this column for any of my books. Could you please explain what this is used for? I would appreciate it.

Thank you.


Hi, I just wanted to mention that the swap site Frugal closed 1/1/2010, i.e. last year. I notice it is still listed on LT and thought you might want to remove it as it has been over a year and I don't think there are any plans to reopen. Thanks.


After a long time away, I revisited your site to find the exact text of the Emerson quotes about beauty & the beautiful, so that I can share them with someone else . . . and, rather like a packrat, I'm leaving you two suggestions for books with which you may not be acquainted, but which I think you may enjoy:

Alan Fletcher's "The Art Of Looking Sideways", and

"The Book Of Gossage", by Howard Luck Gossage.

Both men are deceased, both were involved in the visual arts, Fletcher primarily with design, & Gossage (who was a friend of both McCluhan & Steinbeck, among others) with advertising.

Both books teem with interesting insights, often phrased as aphorisms or epigrams which stay with me & prompt me to consider another slant, or tack to take, to generate new, innovative ways of completing projects I have underway.

By the by, I like your painting, & the way you've given your books attractive rooms in which to abide!

Appropos "Talke Like A Pirate Day", I've heard it said that the "Arr, Me Hearties!" talk made famous by Robert Newton in "Blackbeard" (& perhaps by other Piratical Scenery-Chewers) is based on the English dialect prevalent in Cornwall, where, supposedly, lots of smuggling & other "non-mainstream activities" went on in days of yore.

A Sheriff of Detectives I knew in years past, in the Washington county adjacent to the British Columbia area near Vancouver, used to work frequently with a Cornish fellow,a regular (& regularly inebriated) visitor from Canada, whose ordinary speech was unselfconsciously laden with expressions like "Arr!", & periodically reiterated admonitions, such as "Remember, Lads, 'Ee 'urts Me, I 'urts Ee Back! Arrr!" followed by deeply sincere, (if maudlin & weepy) amiable invitations to buy all the officers a drink.

My Sheriff-Detective acquaintance said he & his mates were so charmed by this big, burly, well-lubricated but sentimental Cornishman, who sounded so like a movie pirate come to life, that:

"Every time we arrested him for Drunk & Disorderly, we'd keep him an extra hour or so, just to give him more time to sober up, but mainly, just to hear him talk."

Well, ConceptDawg, I don't know exactly what that has to do with your LT site, except that yours is the best-worked-out costume I've yet seen for "Talk Like A Pirate Day". So There. Arrrr!

All The Best, & Thanks again for the Emerson quotes, from ---"J.A.Lesen"
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That's me. That painting's been half-finished for over a year now though. Seems that my work gets in the way of my hobbies. Probably because I'm such a good employee.
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I like that box/ottoman. I didn't know you painted. Or is that your wife?
Thank you. It actually took longer to design than build.
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I've got my Dad's old rolleiflex - many childhood memories wrapped up in that. I love your collection.
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On top of the shelf is part of my camera collection, including a Nikon FE, a old 200mm Tokina lens, an Argus C20, and a Canon Powershot A95. Also on the top shelf is my cowbell. I went to Mississippi State University and they are a bit of a tradition for sporting events....and technically that's my MOM's cowbell. It was hers when she was at school and then she gave it to me when I went to school there.
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Well, it's actually a Tower and the smaller one is an Argus 75, but they are similar to a rolleiflex. I have a small collection of old cameras. All of them used by me or my family. The big one on the right is a Mamiya RB67, my pride and joy of film cameras. That thing is quite an experience to use. There's also an old Twindar to the far left and my first digital camera, a Minolta Dimage EX, on the right.
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Do I spy an Rolleiflex on the top shelf? Tell me I do!
conceptDawg---I like your Emerson quotes re: beauty & necessity, & have shared them with some friends, who would like to know where in Emerson's work they are to be found; can you help? thanks. j.a.lesen

We already have a catalog of 1100 materials in our church library which we catalogued using Collectorz software. If we were to switch to LibraryThing, is there a simple way to just mvoe that collection to your database?

Also can we back up a LibraryThing database to our computer here at the church?

You can reply to us at Thank you!

Charles W. De Grove
Hey cD,
I searched Common Knowledge by Related Movies under "Blade Runner".
It brings up both Blade Runner and The Kite Runner. Should it do that?
I love your pirate photo! It made me laugh...good costume, and that expression...! (NB your normal face is quite pleasant to look at, it's the costume and the grimace that makes it funny.)


I tried Tim on this a while ago a didn't get a response. Perhaps he's too busy. Perhaps you are too, but something like, "Gee, that is a problem. We'll look into it," would be nice. Perhaps my catalog is just too big. Anyway...

More than a month ago I posted a set of problems to bug collectors:

bluetyson reported some similar issues but we didn't get a response.

The problem with adding books may be related to entering tags using the "tags to add" box on the left of the add books page, rather than with selecting collections as I originally thought.

I have also found two new problems. My full list of tags (all collections) will not load on the tags page. This has always been something of a problem, but in the past I had found that in Safari (as opposed to Firefox) and on a reasonably fast computer it worked. Now, no dice. It doesn't even seem to try. My main statistics page also doesn't load. Tried on several computers with fast connections.

I feel like I'm slowly losing functionality. But for a start, the inability to save the edit page is the most serious problem.

Thank you,

Er, all the LT groups have been deleted?! As of 10 minutes ago.
Come to think of it maybe baby steps would be best, thanks. ML
Oh, you are my new hero! Thank you so much!!
can u read a book on this site,if so,how?
Okay, is the "wishlist" for books I wish I have read or own? If so how do I generate that list? In general I have had issues with the collections and how to utilize that function. I have been a member for awhile, but, being technologically challenged, need baby steps first. Thanks for the help.
That's OK. I figured out by trial and error. I was actually adding the comic book series of the 'The Gunslinger'
I went to Stephen King's website and downloaded pictures from there.

Thanks for getting back to me, tho!!

unfortunately the column titles in "your libary" have disappeared once again for my Opera browser (it had been working quite well until ? yesterday?). It would be very nice for you to have a look again. Kind regards and sorry for being a nuisance. Christian

As a developer on Library I am hoping that you will be able to resolve a problem I have, namely:

The books in my library, that I cannot find covers for, and which previously had captions (author and title) have now completely disappeared. Can you please tell me how I can get the information back on the blank covers. This is also happening for any additional new books that I add.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

David (orientalist)
By the way, I covet your book on Chinese Domestic Furniture.
Yo, Dawg-
I have a question, and don't seem to be able to find the answer elsewhere. I have two separate accounts on LT, one for books and one for music (I know, I know!). Obviously, much if the music collection is unique, as I have the only LT copy of many items. The question is, supposing I want to integrate the accounts now that collections is available, is there an easy way to do this? I've tried "adding" to my main account from my music collection, but rather than just transferring the unique record, it asks if I want to use Amazon or some other source.

Am I missing something, or am I just looking for trouble?


P.S. Thanks for all your excellent work on this site.
i can see you're bombarded with requests to join the BETA testing group - just thought i'd also throw my hat into the ring.


I see you are listed as a developer for I am trying to downkad a cover that is on my desktop to
a book that is in my collection. I have tried wit a JPEG & a PDF. when I find and upload the next page says done but no picture.

Am I doing something wrong?

Thanks for you help!!

THomas Drechsler
Hi Chris, I'd like to join the BETA group if possible. Thanks.
Hi Chris, If you are need of yet another BETA volunteer, let me know.

I would like to become a member of the BETA group as well if you haven't been overwhelmed with new members already!
our firewall at work won't let me through to your link. I'm sorry. I can try this evening from home.
Hi conceptDawg. May I please be admitted to the BETA group?
Noticed you lived in Mobile. In case you're interested, I'll be signing copies of my new novel, Dirty Little Angels, this Saturday at Page and Palette in Fairhope (from 2-4pm). Here's a link that provides info about the book. Hope you can make it.


The new widget thing with the book covers is awesome, but there does not seem to be any instruction as to how and where to place it. I have a book blog and i would love to place it there, but nothing tells me how -- nothing in English, anyway ;->

Thanks for another great idea for LT

Hello, I hope you can help me with something that occurred before the latest catalog stuff. It's this book of mine
Now matter what I do I cannot make it appear as part of the count on the author page. If I click to edit my copy and then click save, it will make the Nelson Doubleday page say I have all 45 books. It will stay sometimes for a few hours, but sometimes only a few minutes, and then it's back to saying I only have 44.
Why is it doing that?

Thank you for all you do,
Thanks for the update, Chris. I guess I'll continue displaying profile covers using HTML for the time being

thanks for the add to the BETA board!!!!
Do you ever sleep?

All night makeovers make me sleepy to just read about :)
just wanted to thank you for posting that screenshot of the new features! it's beautiful! keep up the great work (and do try to take it easy every once in a while).

i'd also like to ask to be added to the Board for Extreme Thing Advances (which i imagine is rather gigantic at this point).

Hi, I'd like to join Board for Extreme Thing Advances.
Thanks. :)
*knock, knock* Can I come into the BETA group please, pretty please?
Hi, when you get a chance (but before collections!) please add me to the BfETA group.
Please add me to the Board for Extreme Thing Advances. Thanks!
Thanks, Invitation accepted.
Hi Chris,

I know you've been swamped (not only handcuffed to collections, but also helping out on other widgets, gizmos and jiggers that are thrown your way); nevertheless, I am hoping that you might have a moment to spare...

I would like to redo how covers are displayed on my profile page. Currently, I am using img tags in HTML pointing to the files used to display covers at the same size in my catalog. Ideally, I would like to use the coverthing_dynamic command instead, but it does not currently support a height parameter (only a width parameter).

Before I begin to aggresively bump the talk topic where Tim said that he would implement a coverthing_dynamic height parameter, I thought I would ask you if the pending collections capability is likely to provide a method that serves my purposes.


1) will the initial release of collections feature the ability to automatically display on your profile page the covers contained in certain collections?

2) if so, will this be available for any collection, or only a few predetermined collections?

3) if so, will covers displayed on the profile page be adjusted to have the same height (I hate ragged heights; don't mind different widths) and

4) if so, will the size of the profile covers be user-selectable

Ideally, I'd like to populate custom collections (such as "Recently Read") with only those books I wish to appear on my profile (not tied tightly to my reading dates, since I definitely don't want my profile to display every book that I've recently marked as having finished). Will this be possible initially?, soon?, eventually?, never?

Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer this -- the best I can offer in exchange is a laudatory entry on the LibraryThing Haiku page...

I am having problems with both the SORT and the SEARCH functions on my library. For example, when I do a search for "Annie Dillard" a page comes up saying "displaying 4 of 4"; however, it only displays 2 books. So I tried the SORT. Your FAQ said I should click on the title of the column that I want to sort by; however, my author column does NOT have a title. I have also tried your re-indexing the library function but it does not help. Thank you for your assistance.
I have not been able to see the pictures taken at the recent Flash Mob. When I go to "blog" and begin to accsess them I get (on Mac) the whirling ball and "Safari Quit" etc. every time for several days altho every other place I use LT works perfectly.
Hi Chris,
I am very, very new to the site just hearing about it through an ad for the Cat so please forgive me for what may appear to be an inordinately dumb question. When I was searching for the answer I came across your name. Since I too have a son named Chris who is a wizard with computer repair and networking, I was compelled to choose you as my best hope for a solution to my problem. Perhaps not the most sound of reasons but my reason nonetheless, so here goes:).
I recently purchased a Cat scanner hoping to be able to use it to facilitate listing books into the two book swapping sites that I use regularly. Since I have a library of more than two thousand books I hoped it would make posting the books I wanted to trade easier. I seem to have run into an unexpected difficulty however. While I have found that it works pretty well in scanning in and getting the correct title and author to come up on the list here at this site, for some reason the ISBN is not listed in the information about the book. I either need to be able to import the information from this site directly into and or I need to have the ISBN number come up on the listing of the book's information so I can have two windows open at the same time and 'cut and paste' the ISBN number from this site to the other site.
Can you help me with this problem Chris? Since computers are definitely NOT my strong suit..being as my son calls me, "computer daft", I need some help to come up with a solution. The reason I bought the Cat in the first place was because my vision is deteriorating and reading the little print of the ISBN numbers is becoming increasingly difficult. The prospect of trying to use a magnifying glass and enter the sheer volume of books I want to list is just too daunting, but I want to be able to offer the books to other people who may want to read them but can't afford to purchase them. Please help me figure out a way to get the information the Cat provides so easily into the places where I need it to reach.
Thank you so very much for your time and attention,
Question about your reading timeline (which I hope Tim will let you officially develop someday).... Is there a way to show it without books added/acquired? Someone said that there's an extra suffix that will make it into what I want.
I have a naive question...I picked your address because I saw "Dawg" in it! I created a group, but the system says I can't invite anyone to join because I'm not a member, and I can't figure out how to become a member of the group I created. Can you help me? Thanks, Diane
How do I eliminate the Column titled "Shared" from my list. It seems to appear as the last column, even though there is no heading appearing on the label that identifies what should or should not appear. Thanks. --Michael
misericordia has come up with an interesting idea in this thread about an extension to WikiThing. Care to take a look and throw in your twopenn'orth?
Thanks again for reindexing my catalog (whatever "reindexing" is :P)
Hi Christopher,

I've got a question: when I fill in my Amazon Associates ID in the widget I use and refresh the page again, it has disappeared. I've tried it several times, but it doesn't seem to work...

Thank you.
Can I really only add one book at a time in the Add Books page?
I add a book, then have to do the author search again, page ahead, select the next book, repeat.

I must be doing something wrong. Can't imagine you can only add one book at a time and not get straight back to the author's list. But I can't see another way.

It would take me weeks to input my library!
Christopher, My profile stats correctly lists my location as Chicago, Illinois. However, I only get "local news" for Boston, MA on my page. I'd really like to keep up on author signings and readings in Chicago and not Boston. Can you fix this? Thx, Liza
Your "Christopher's House" photo makes me dizzy, the buildings look like they are falling over...nice photo!
I know this may be a dumb question but I've gone to FAQ, checked out the tour, looked and looked for this answer and am down to asking someone (like the website developer?).

I just send in my lifetime membership $ so I don't feel guilty asking a question.

I was introduced to LibraryThing through friends. So, HOW do I check out a particular individuals LibraryThing info? (I am not interested in blogging etc. just want to see my friend's profile/books read etc.)

I thank you VERY much for your help. Honestly, I did check FAQ thoroughly.

Carol VanDeventer
Christopher, As a software developer, I thought you might have some answers for me. I kind of stumbled into the Library Thing while surfing for book related sites and saw your name as sofware design/developer to Library Thing.

My question: I have a library of approximately 3-4,000 books that I want to catalog based on the dewey decimal or Library of Congress or other such respected cataloging system. The software I've Googled is for much larger libraries which need to be able to check books in and out and a whole lot more than what I need. I'm looking for fairly basic library sofware for a home library that will allow me to inventory and organize my books in keeping with standards utilized for much bigger libraries. Do you or any of your friends or acqaintances know the names of software packages that do this?
Any direction or advice you can give me would be appreciated.

would you tell me how can i my books plz?
i have add some book but i donot know how to use and rede them
when i click on edith on the cover of my book(ex.Brunner & Suddarth's Textbook of Medical Surgical Nursing ) under the the review box is writhen none.
pleaze help me!!!!
Thank you very much for fixing my index. This has been bugging me for ages and I thought it was just one of those things. It just shows that one should always ask. Thank you,again.
Bug problem- No direct link from book's main page here on lt to amazon. For instance, when I click on under "buy, borrow, swap, or view", it takes me to amazon's homepage and not the book listed. This is with any book, new or old.

I may not be telling the right person, so forgive me and hopefully you can pass this information onto the correct department.

In the gallery, author Ridley Pearson is identified as Ellen Rimbauer which is a character in his book, The Diary of Rose Red. Just thought I'd let you know.


RE: my post from the problems page, one user's stars don't show on my homepage but it still tells me that she has rated a book. The user is BCCJillster and her library isn't private. Thanks for looking into this. It's no big deal if it is too time consuming or little for you to bother with, just a small annoyance. Thanks!

For the life of me I'm not sure just what it is you're competing for. Most of the dedicated LibraryThing users are "keepers" as well as readers and have paid the lifetime membership already because we appreciate all the sort and tag functionality. Meanwhile, I think the social network aspect, while by no means bare bones, doesn't seem quite as attractive as the way it's done on GoodReads or Shelfari!

I'm not looking for LibraryThing to make my 5,000 book database available to Goodreads - well, now that I think on it I suppose in a sense I am - so much as I'd like an "import my reviews" sort of functionality.

But, I guess this goes back to proprietary use. If I'm building the personal database from mostly Amazon data and writing my own reviews, once you have my membership fee what exactly are you protecting or competing for? This looks to me more like fish and kelp competing over who gets to use the ocean.

Can my tagging schemes be sold as some sort of geek algorithm?

I hope you're not planning to billboard this out like MySpace or Facebook where the functionality drowns in the net noise.

- Barney Dannelke
Hello Christopher,

I'm not sure if you would be the go-to developer for this but I'm a lifetime member of LibraryThing

and a new-ish member of the book site Goodreads

which are fairly complimentary sites - and I was wondering if there were any plans in the works to more closely link or integrate these two sites.

Regards and best wishes - Barney Dannelke

(Any & All Books)

History is a vast early warning system.
-Norman Cousins (1915-1990)

Whenever people say 'We mustn't be sentimental,' you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add 'We must be realistic,' they mean they are going to make money out of it. - Brigid Brophy (1929-1995)
I'm having problems with Library Thing. It will not let me delete books now and it will not let me change covers the books. Do you have any idea what the problem might be?
Hi Chris, is there a way to add spell check soft ware so when I am leaving a comment after I am done writing I can run spell check. I am a terrible speller with that feature I would feel more comfortable leaving comments. Thank you
I Christopher,

Not sure if you are the correct person, but I was unable to add my Facebook "fan" page to my profile. It would be great to be able to do that. Thanks!
Just to let you know - assuming you don't read the thread on the new customization option from the top every time - I posted a new message on the "Members with your books" problems over at Bug Collectors:
Chris -- (and Tom)

I like the new member page and have just one suggestion: Under the section entitled "Member's Zeitgheist", why not list the number of the rating of the size of the member's library as it grows. I was chatting to Tim one day and he easily told me I was 16,500 in size that day. I believe you have an easy way to do this, and I would be sooooo happy to see my numbers bring me up the ladder. And yes, I suppose it IS PURE ego and against my theology, but I just think it would be the neatest thing!
Dear Christopher:


At present, I cannot even ping ( any more. When trying and pinging, I get : "host cannot be found". Because of this, of course, a call for whatever page is returning a 404 error.

I can ping (and reach) [] though. Then again, (as a whole) is crippled far beyond the original report.



Downloads of my own library, access to titles for editing are running incredibly slow - 3 to 5 minutes to download library or re-sort.
What's up with that? My speed test indicates normal download timesthrough my modem, generally.

Thanks for looking.
My Connection News is behaving beautifully now. Thank you.
I am unable to access the 50 similar libraries under Connections. This has been going on quite a long while and I actually do miss it. I think it's a nice feature. I did report this to Abby a while back and I think she said she would report it to Tim? Thanks!
Congratuations on the new addition to your family!

And thanks for the help with my problem.
Congrats on your beautiful little girl!!
I found the pics of your daughter. She gorgeous!!
Best wishes, Chris, to you and your wife on your new parenthood!! So where is the information about your little one?!
Just FYI
Your changelog on the wiki is displaying "March 2008" instead of "May 2008" at present.
on zeitgheist, largest libraries: keeping in the tradition of listing the top one percent the largest libraries, coiuld you please expand the number from 3,000 to 4,000? Now that we have more than 400,000 members? Of course, you couild expand it to 5,000 members since we shall meet 500,000 by the end of the year if not by the end of summer.

Thank you.
The bubbly is on ice. All the best to you and your wife. All LT expects a "Yellow Box" on the home page -- "It's a ....."

I just want to thank you for all the hard work you do for this site, and especially for all the recent bugs you have been fixing and working on fixing. It really is impressive. Thank you!
I was just editing a book's information under via the 'Edit' pencil, and got an error when I accidentally included a ' instead of a ". I was able to reproduce it with another book, adding a ' to the end of the Novelization tag. The message I got was:

You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near '12 Monkeys: A Novel', books_sortcharacter=1, books_authorunflip='Hand, Eliza' at line 3

UPDATE bookstack SET books_tags='Science Fiction,Novelization'', books_title='12 Monkeys: A Novel', books_sortcharacter=1, books_authorunflip='Hand, Elizabeth', books_date='1995', books_ISBN='0061056588', books_admin_sameness=1819554821, books_yourrev='0', books_sort_author='handelizabeth', books_rating=0, books_datebought = 0, books_datestarted = 0, books_dateread = 0, books_sameness_resolved = 2033384120, books_copies = 1, books_lang = 'eng', books_lang2 = '', books_lang_original = '', books_indexed = 0, books_refresh = 1 WHERE books_id=15279005 AND books_userid='dnorum'
- fatal error (31.1)

I apologize if this is mentioned elsewhere, but it looks like there's something buggy with whatever code handles the SQL commands (queries? - I'm not familiar with SQL).
How do I turn off "Community Knowledge"? When people start renaming books in order to indulge their private fetishes -- disregarding the actual title on the book itself -- it is beyond stupid.

Nor -- again -- are any of my Orwell part of any "Complete Works of" -- yet that is how they are repeatedly MIScategorized.
Hello Chris .. new member here .. great site/concept .. I would like to change my user name but the function shows as unavailable (in the Tools tab) .. do you know if it will be available soon? Thanks.
sphece, I can't answer you since you don't have comments enabled nor do you have your email public. The best place to ask is in Talk under Bug Collectors group. That way we can have some back-and-forth without you needing to enable stuff on your profile.
Can't figure this out.. The system will not let me log back into two groups that I created and made "private" , and now I would like to delete them. How can I do that?
Are you back to work?
Just a bump about Other Authors problem.
Get well soon. You ARE missed.
Thanks for getting back to me...once specific example is with the author Elizabeth Zimmerman...if I enter Elizabeth in the Search it returns all of the books in my library by Elizabeth Zimmerman...if I type in Aimmerman or Elizabeth Zimmerman or Zimmerman, Elizabeth it returns NO books...strange. Thanks for looking into this for me. DJNL
Congratulations on the "new" job. Also, you have a face! Who knew?
Congratulations on your full-time employment (shacklement?) Chris, it is long overdue! :)
Hi, Love your new to it...question in Search...when I type in just the last name of an author to search for in my library it comes back with no results (I know the name is there), but if I type in the same author's first name, the correct results show and if I type in the whole name, with last, first ot first, last..again no results??? What am I doing wrong? Thanks.
I can test when on that computer, which will depend on the weather tonight.
Hey cD, got a question for you... on Common Knowledge, on the book pages, is it possible to have a 'misc notes' spot? I'm thinking it would be interesting to notate an author's first novel or similar info. I don't think it belongs in the disambiguation notice though. What are your thoughts?
My Profile page frequently superimposes over other pages. What is going on here? Anything I can do to stop this?
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