Sorting your library by number of members with a copy of a book
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I'm sure this feature is hidden in plain sight and I just haven't noticed it but I would like to be able to sort my library by number of copies in other libraries. Would anyone know how to do this?
Go into "Your books".
You will see an icon along the tool bar at the top with an arrow pointing upwards and another pointing downwards. Click on that icon.
This will take you into a dialogue box where you can specify two levels of sorting by selecting the relevant field name and indicating whether you want to sort up or down.
"Total members" is the field you want if you wish to sort by number of people with your books.
Good luck with this. I've had great fun with it.
I realized just by the median/mean count that my library is something of a backwater but I didn't realize just how much of a backwater it was until I tried this - out of 24 pages less than 2 pages with books over 1000 and 8+ pages with books of 10 or less...
You have a lot of singletons. I started going through and was able to combine several of them. But you have a lot of real singletons, too - the railroad books in particular.
Thanks MarthaJeanne I appreciate that. The other night I added Democracy in America and it came back a single (I assume because of the editor/tranlator combination) and I knew that couldn't possibly be the case but I didn't know how put it on the actual list for that book.
I'll tell you what's weirder. Having a book show in my catalogue as being owned by zero members, but when I go to the book page, it's owned by three people (myself included).
The reason why so many railroad books are singletons is that most railfans are not in LT. I am a railfan myself, and I have worked in public transportation nearly my entire career. However I have concentrated my collection in electric railways, so I do not share very many rail titles with you (maybe 7).
It is interesting that the the LT member with the best "traction" (trams and trolleys) collection is from France -- although the Seashore Trolley Museum (in Maine) is also on LT.
I am into heavy tagging of my books, so I try to put good geographic tags on my books, this is particularly because my public transport books are much more localized in character than big railroad books.
One frustration when I've tried to combine tags and getting others to vote on them, is that there is a small group of people who do not believe that the 'Baltimore and Ohio Railroad' is the same as the 'Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company'. So, these tags don't get combined -- so if you want to look up railroad books via tags you have to do some estra looking. Railroads couldn't (and can't) exist without incorporation as they need the right of eminent domain in order to build and maintain their lines.
The Seashore Trolley Museum was one of the places we went to every summer when we went to Maine. A long, long time ago.
>13 Maine has some great rail history. In addition to the trolley museum Maine is also home to the 2 foot gauge trains. There are several preservation/museum efforts in the state devoted to this unusual track gauge.
Okay, someone has to say it.
This conversation has gone way off track.
~ducks and runs~
It's cool that you can sort by total members, but I think it would be cool if you could display that on
in your book list, but when I look for that field in the "edit display styles" I don't see it. Am I just
missing something in plain sight?
It is in the last column in each display (A,B,C,D,E) underneath the open book (first icon)
It's the little person (bust) icon with the number next to it. There's a lot of info in the icon box (the last column), but sometimes it's hard to translate - the other one is the talk bubble with the number of reviews next to it, and if the talk bubble is filled in one of those reviews is yours.
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