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About my libraryMy catalogue now contains everything I've read or acquired since 2004 or so - with some of the earlier parts coming from a digital commonplace book I built for myself using MySQL. It also now contains everything from my bookshelves at home, and much of what is on my bookshelves at work.

Stuff I've read since joining LT is always rated, tagged ane reviewed, but the older stuff usually only gets tagged at most. I do my best to rate and review the very best and worst in my collection - the latter being made easier now that LT allows multiple collections and to exclude some from the recommendation system. Because although I love to review books I love (and which I want you to like as well) I also see it as my duty to tell you about the few books I really disliked, so that your time is not wasted as mine was. (And if you disagree with my opinion about those, you might also disagree about the ones I really liked. Which is useful to you as well.)

In the unlikely event that you're trying to make sense of my tags, it's worth knowing that there are basically three categories of books here: books I own and have read (not tagged in any particular way), books I own but have not yet started reading (tagged 'unread') and books which I have read but do not own (tagged 'borrowed'.) Just about everything pre 1983 or thereabouts will be 'borrowed' as before then almost everything I read came from a local, school or university library. And there's no way I can remember all of it, or even a substantial fraction.

There's also books tagged 'work', some of which I own and some of which I don't, but all of which are related to work rather than pleasure. And then there's one or two which fall somewhere between those categories.

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One more example. There are only three ISBNs listed in LT for this book:
Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington…
by Stacy A. Cordery
0143114271 - 9780143114277 - 0670018333

When I look at the properties for the image displayed in the LT record, it references the first ISBN in the Amazon URL so I guessed that might be the ISBN that would work. This is the string (with mykey# being the actual string of letters & numbers):

No image. In fact, none of these ISBNs work. Does LT only have the rights to certain images?
I finally had some quiet time to spend working on this and the problem appears to be the ISBN chosen.

For example, when I use this ISBN: 0143114425 which is the main ISBN listed on the Details page for Last Night at the Lobster, no image appears, not even a placeholder. I went to the list of other editions and used 0670018279 and the image displays. Is there a trick for figuring out which ISBN is going to work? I don't even care if the image matches the cover of the book in our collection, I just don't want to waste time copying and pasting ISBN and ISBN until one works.

So, I know I have the code correct because certain images do display as they should.

Tag, you're it! I finally got back to this Library Thing account and noticed that you responded to my message way back in August.

We've been trying to use Library Thing images on our library website and on blogs that we link to the site. We use the correct developer string but the image usually will not display.

If you're still checking messages, I'd love to know if you have any suggestions. A co-worker and I have been scouring the groups for help and still have not found a solution.

Chris - Lake County Public Library
Sorry to bother you with this but you seemed to be the only truly helpful person on the blog when it came to developer keys not working outside of LibraryThing. We are still struggling with this issue at my library and have tried several of the suggestions posted including using the ISBN (by right-clicking for Properties) of the default cover shown for a book. Still, only about 20% of the covers work right and, being a public library, we want to make sure we are not infringing on legal rights.

It seems as though the topic died at the end of 2008 but maybe I'm just missing something on the blog.

If you can help, I'd greatly appreciate it.

--Chris, Lake County Public Library
You're welcome!
No, sorry.
Thank you for answering my question about the date of death field.
Thanks for the tip on finding out what one added to CK. It worked perfectly. I completely forgot that I have two print-on-demand books for which there was no description at LT, and typed in the back cover blurbs. I'll have to keep an eye on that when I add titles, so I gather more good karma.
I would like to see what you have as Comment to "The strange laws of old England" posted as a review. Did you have some special reason not to make it a review? I got this book as a Christmas present too.

Jim Roberts
Re Wisden Question.
I don't know, I only have the stadard hardback. But according to Amazon both this and the special edition have 1600 pages. I get the impression it is just a large print edition.

(From a train.) Honest to God, where am I speaking next Tuesday? I'm hoping I have it down on my calendar at home.

Saw your note about the Interzone collection - I think you have been reading the 4th anthology, not the 5th!
I'm purring!!!

Gee, thanks, love your review of Indexers and Indexes in Fact and Fiction!
Hazel Bell
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