• LibraryThing
  • Book discussions
  • Your LibraryThing
  • Join to start using.

Disappearing books

Folio Society devotees

Join LibraryThing to post.

May 19, 7:48am Top

Has anyone else experienced books vanishing from their Librarything Library? I just went into my collection to check the price I paid for a Taschen book and the book has disappeared. I had catalogued the book when I bought it and I have noted its presence several times since. Although I know I'm not as young as I once was, decrepitude hasn't set in to such an extent that I've made a mistake about this.

Edited: May 19, 8:21am Top

>1 HuxleyTheCat: It may be too obvious, but are you searching in All collections (a drop down box in the upper left hand corner of Your Books page)?
I have had this happen only to realise I was searching on a smaller set.

May 19, 8:35am Top

>2 CarltonC: I did check, just to make sure, but the book has definitely gone.

May 19, 10:51am Top

I haven't noticed books disappear, but I'd like to know why sometimes the cover photos appear and other times they do not. It doesn't appear to be related to internet bandwidth, it just happens randomly. Just now, I can see them, but sometimes there is just a holder where the photos should be.

May 19, 5:02pm Top

>4 sdawson:
If you choose an Amazon cover for your book, if Amazon changes, or removes the cover, the cover of the book in your collection will also alter or disappear.

May 19, 5:19pm Top

Very odd, all I can think of is to wonder what criteria you've used to scan your collection for the book and whether it's possible, for instance, that someone might have seen fit to change its designated author. Could be worth a post to https://www.librarything.com/groups/bugcollectors ?

May 19, 5:20pm Top

>1 HuxleyTheCat: I've had this happen a number of times but nothing recently. In all cases, the books mysteriously reappeared a few days later. The first time, I re-entered the books only to notice I had duplicates the next day when the missing volumes reappeared.

May 19, 5:29pm Top

>1 HuxleyTheCat: Is there a big red padlock where the book used to be, with a caption saying 'Oops, it looks like you've lost your book' next to a suggestion that you pay $300 in Bitcoin?

May 19, 5:47pm Top

>8 cronshaw: Wow, Russell, do you think GCHQ know that the WannaCry mastermind is a mild-mannered web master for librarians and bibliophiles...? Tim, you've been rumbled!

>7 kdweber: In some ways it's comforting to know that others have experienced this phenomenon too. I've made a new record for the book and will watch carefully to see whether a duplicate appears.

>6 terebinth: Are you referring to those pesky 'combiners'?

May 19, 6:32pm Top

>9 HuxleyTheCat:

Well, there's good combining and there's bad combining, this place would be in a right old state if nobody ever did any combining: I own up to myself having a bronze medal for combining authors, which seems only right and proper to do when certain they're one and the same person. But, yes, without claiming familiarity with the workings of this elaborate and mysterious site, I'm imagining there are acts of editing which someone might perform with or without adequate justification that could prevent a book appearing quite where one would expect to find it: though >7 kdweber:'s contribution does suggest a software glitch is more likely.

May 19, 6:36pm Top

Would you like to share which book it is to see if someone can find something (multiple sets of eyes and so on)?

Group: Folio Society devotees

1,473 members

106,522 messages


This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic.


No touchstones

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 114,479,629 books! | Top bar: Always visible