attractive NYT bestsellers web page/widget - suggestions?
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My library just got one of those big flat-panel TVs to run announcements on, and we're trying to find a variety of stuff to show so it won't be too boring and repetitive. We'd like to highlight some books, as well as events.
Does anyone know of a web page that displays the NYT Bestsellers as just covers, instead of a long text list? We want just enough to invite a patron to place a hold, or ask if we have something in - no need for a lot of information or links, since this is only going to be on the TV. Does anyone display the bestsellers this way on their site, or know of a site that does? The best I've found so far is Amazon's site, but there's a lot of other clutter.
I've seen a widget on a few library sites that looks perfect (see http://dallaslibrary2.org/services/readersAdvisoryNYTimes.php), but it requires a NextReads ID, and my library doesn't subscribe to that.
I have been remiss in reading the posts in this group so I'm sorry I am so late with this idea.
Is it possible to hook your TV to a computer? You could create a simple Power Point presentation that would cycle through the covers (which you could access here at LT). This would be easy to update each week. You could have any additional information for each book on the slides and info on requesting them between the book slides.
I don't know how I missed seeing your reply.
Yes, we're already using a Powerpoint. But we're already cycling through 20+ slides -- services and programs -- before we add any book slides. We want multiple covers on a slide, or the slide show won't be viewable in its entirety while patrons are at the desk. I was going to insert an attractive web page as a live slide with the LiveWeb add-in.
Currently, I'm adding all the bestsellers to a dedicated LT account (nytbestsellers) every Monday, going to cover view, and taking a screenshot, then inserting the image into a slide. I was just hoping for a more automated method. Although I think it looks pretty good as-is. We've also decided to do slides of interesting new titles that aren't bestsellers. We just wanted a quick way to let patrons know what was out ("look, the new Grisham is out!) and what we had.
Any other librarians are welcome to use the nytbestsellers library for themselves. No point in duplicating work. Though it's not going to be historical - I delete old ones so I don't hit the 200 limit. I have to admit, I was kind of surprised there was no easy way to view the NYT bestsellers on LT already.
How about creating a LibraryThing ID for your library, creating an extensive library (can this be automated?), and feature the LibraryThing widget on a dedicated webpage on your library's site. The widget will refresh the view on a pre-set periodic basis providing patrons with an entertaining and compelling display. Would be cool if patrons could actually interact with the widget, say, on your OPAC computers. Just a thought.
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