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1timspalding
Edited: Nov 16, 2009, 4:13am Top

Update: I've published the blog post.

We've introduced a number of new features. This post is about:

*Quick Links
*Edit Your Quick Links
*All Sources

Do not write here about:
*Bugs. We know there will be bugs! I've made a whole discussion topic for bugs on Monday's features.
*For Get this Book see (link).
*For Local Book Search see (link).
*For your ebook statistics see (link)

This is a skeleton announcement. I will be adding to it over time. A blog announcement will follow, probably Monday morning.

Examples:
*Quick Links for Great Expectations, http://www.librarything.com/work/7554 (any work page has them on right)
*Edit Your Quick Links: http://www.librarything.com/editquicklinks
*All Sources for Great Expectations, http://www.librarything.com/work/7554/quicklinks

Notice:
*This resurrects and improves the "buy, borrow, swap" feature
*Your Quick Links are dynamic, so if you add Audible, for example, it'll show you their holdings on every work page
*Bookstores and libraries are now exclusively handled through the LibraryThing Local System
*There's lots of data, but data is user data and a little messy. You can add to it. We hope you do.
*Lots of sources lack ISBN searches, or title and author
*Non-Amazon links won't show on the regular work page. See the note. This is at their insistence.
*Quick links can be dragged around, for endless reordering delight
*Popular links makes no sense, because there's no data and it's cached.

2legallypuzzled
Nov 16, 2009, 6:03am Top

Where did our prior Quick Links (ie, Buy, Borrow, Swap) go?

3SimonW11
Nov 16, 2009, 8:59am Top

I would like to see a link to fictionwise.

4vaneska
Nov 16, 2009, 9:27am Top

If I click on All Sources, then the Online tab, the first column (Booksellers) begins with Amazon, Barnes & Noble then Elsevier. Thereafter is a mixed bag alphabetical list of booksellers, except that it begins with the letters Ju. Aa to Jo seem to be awol.

Also, I don't quite understand what the criteria is for the General section, as opposed to individual countries or worldwide.

In Quick Links, there is a typo in the text about the Amazon policy in the left column: prohbits.

Hope I haven't posted anything here that belongs elsewhere.

v

5vaneska
Nov 16, 2009, 9:46am Top

Will there be a way for users to add new links that aren't listed?

Also someone has just asked in RSI for publishers to be added. Since so many publishers sell direct these days, that makes sense to me - another tab perhaps?

v

6sqdancer
Nov 16, 2009, 11:20am Top

Will there be a way for users to add new links that aren't listed?

Um, I'm guessing that's what the "add new link" button is for, but I haven't tried it yet.

Also someone has just asked in RSI for publishers to be added. Since so many publishers sell direct these days, that makes sense to me - another tab perhaps?

Click the Online tab - Publishers is a tab on that page (along with Booksellers, eBooks, Audio, etc).

7AnnieMod
Edited: Nov 16, 2009, 11:37am Top

OK, I might have a slow day but where is the "add new link" button?

Edit- scratch this- found it a few seconds after I asked

8vaneska
Nov 16, 2009, 11:48am Top

6,7 The strange thing is that once they are pointed out, these things are obvious but not before.

v

9conceptDawg
Nov 16, 2009, 11:56am Top

The "General" and other sub-types are all inherited from the old Buy, Borrow, Swap sources. I tried to clean it up but a lot of that data is kinda messy so the groupings can seem a little random. I'm hoping that with a nicer interface and better usage we'll see better organization.

Oh. And nothing missing there. There are no sources with 'C' or 'D' titles in the General section.

10legallypuzzled
Nov 16, 2009, 7:34pm Top

It seems like many of the URLs for the library catalogs didn't transfer over from B/B/S.

Can somebody explain what "Confirmed Holdings: Holdings not exposed to LibraryThing" means, and what a library should do to expose itself?

Which just sounds so wrong....

11jotango
Edited: Nov 17, 2009, 3:17am Top

It would be very cool if you would offer sites a way to integrate with you (instead of you doing all the work).

We run a swapping site in Germany: www.hitflip.de and a marketplace www.hitmeister.de

I can imagine adding local sites like us is not high on your priority list. But if you would offer an interface, we would be glad to do the integration on our side.

To explain this better, a technical example. You could define an API we have to implement on our side. You tell us which parameters you have (e.g. isbn, title etc.) and we then implement XML which conforms to your specification. Then, adding us to your list would simply require you to grab our XML from a URL we define. Since all answers are the same, you can do this within minutes.

12eromsted
Nov 17, 2009, 4:30pm Top

Is it possible to get "item link" for the Library of Congress? Didn't we used to have this (i.e. clicking on the LoC link went to the book record not the LoC main page)?

13timspalding
Nov 17, 2009, 10:11pm Top

Where did our prior Quick Links (ie, Buy, Borrow, Swap) go?

Sorry. We forgot to say. They're all gone, alas. The database structure changed completely.

I would like to see a link to fictionwise.

Add it?

14SimonW11
Nov 18, 2009, 9:26am Top

ah found the add it button: I dont think its that obvious but I suspect within a couple of months there will be little call for it.

15MerryMary
Nov 18, 2009, 9:30am Top

</b> closing bold

16conceptDawg
Nov 18, 2009, 3:37pm Top

Yeah, the addition of new links isn't a commonly used feature.

17slygent
Mar 27, 2010, 7:32am Top

How do we flag up spam links? World of Warcraft "gold"-selling sites don't seem particularly relevant...

18sonyagreen
Mar 29, 2010, 1:50pm Top

Note the name of the link, and post it here in the Spam thread:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/85771

19rsterling
Mar 29, 2010, 4:21pm Top

Those appear to be vandalized links that were real links before (Borders, I think, plus something else). Can we get them reverted to what they were before?

20lissacoffey
Apr 3, 2015, 8:46am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

21Collectorator
Apr 3, 2015, 10:31am Top

This is a very old thread. :)

22MarthaJeanne
Apr 3, 2015, 11:53am Top

>20 lissacoffey: is a direct quote from >4 vaneska: above.

There is a variety of suspicious activity connected with the member.

23Collectorator
Apr 3, 2015, 12:00pm Top

>22 MarthaJeanne: Thanks, MarthaJeanne, I was unaware of this particular peculiarity. :D

24MsMaryAnn
Apr 3, 2015, 12:42pm Top

>22 MarthaJeanne: One to keep an eye on.

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