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Why, back in my day we looked things up in the phone book, and then we walked there, in the snow, uphill, both ways.
At present Local Books does not show inventory from local bookstores and libraries.
But book lovers can't be happy in a world with fewer and fewer physical bookstores, and a rising threat to libraries.
And libraries, which far exceed bookstores and are almost everywhere, are absolutely critical.
One of these things is not like the other.
Love it. Used it to confirm that no, there were no other bookstores in the town I visited today. So, app makes me happy, lack of bookstore makes me sad.
Michigan City, Indiana. There's one bookstore in a run down mall and another tiny, overpriced store in an outlet mall that yuppies from Chicagoland come to shop at.
Still better than the city I live in, we have zero bookstores.
7: It shows kilometers if you are in a country that uses km, or if you set your iPhone prefs to use metric. The app follows Apple's guidelines there.
No plans for an android version at this minute, but that could certainly change at any time.
9> From his or her profile, it looks like verenka is in Austria. So maybe there's a bug, or maybe verenka is visiting the US.
ok, had my settings to UK, I thought they have changed to metric. it works on German > Austria settings. thanks!
Yeah. Interesting note: The UK is the one place where we have to do a custom action. The OS actually tries to do metric for UK so we have to override that to show imperial units.
>17 That whole metric thing was a Napoleonic plot anyway!
Tested it for Ireland on my wife's iPhone: seems to require a very precise entry rather than just Dublin which brings back nothing...
that sounds nice, but since I have an Android phone, I can't use it, which is a shame.
19: That's because Dublin is a pretty non-specific name. You and I both know what city you're talking about but there's a pretty decent sized Dublin, Ohio in the US too. Although it should bring back something I would think. I'll look into it.
As for the Android, Symbian, Blackberry requests: We had to start somewhere and iPhone is the obvious choice. If things go well then I could certainly see us looking at other platforms.
I thought the UK had switched to metric? I certainly hear my British friends talking about buying fabric by the metre all the time!
Road distance (and speeds) are measured in miles; there's no evidence of any attempt to change that. Most everything else... I've lived here 14 years and can't say exactly what the rules are. I'm pretty sure that legally shops aren't allowed to sell things in imperial units, but you often see things that happen to weigh 454 grams. Pubs can still sell beer by the pint, of course. (I think the islands would crumble and sink into the sea if you couldn't buy a pint of beer.)
Remember when the United States switched to metric? ... Back in 1975? ... What do you mean you don't remember?
If this can be the theme song: (Lord It's Hard To Be Happy When You're Not Using) The Metric System
#25 - How do the people in the legal department at Target Corp. feel about LibraryThing using their logo? *wink*
Yes, yes, I know. You added an extra ring. And made it look a bit like a heart, which is kind of sweet.
(And, I remain very jealous of all you iPhone owners.)
It discloses the true purpose. We're assembling bookstore and library locations, so Amazon can target them with its space lasers.
For Android inquirers: http://www.librarything.com/blog/2009/12/augmented-reality-for-librarything.php
I think the venue info is identical but Tim or Chris should confirm or deny this.
side note: Temporarily ignore that it says Layar is available for iPhone 3GS (though it matters much less now from our perspective) because the Layar people pulled the iPhone version due to some terrible crashing bug (:
The difference is that Local Books includes events, favoriting, click to call, etc. It's a more integrated experience with the data.
The Layar data is, on the other hand, a little more whiz bang way to view what's around you. But it only includes the basic venue information.
Metric for the UK would be just what I would want if I had an iPhone...
Metric for the UK? I suppose if you're walking metres may make sense if that's what you're used to, but if you're driving all road distances are measured in miles...
I would expect the distances would be in kilometers when in metric mode.
There isn't a "metric mode". The closest is the region setting, which I have set to UK. The native Maps app reports distances in miles, which is entirely reasonable since that's what road signs and car odometers use. I would expect Local Books to measure distances the same way as the built-in apps with the same settings (and it does).
You know, I really am a total geek but I noticed that the "n members online now" seems to be about 50 or so higher than it was a week ago (and for a long time). Is that number sensitive to the iPhone / Local Books traffic? (if not, then this is officially off-topic, so apologies)
No. Actually, it's been creeping up for a while now. 300 used to be a standard max. Now about 400 is.
So, maybe I'm missing something obvious, but is there a way to show all the local bookstores on the map rather than looking at them one at a time?
On the iPhone or site? The phone version doesn't have maps, except on each venue "page." It's a Google limitation, actually.
I was thinking of the iPhone--it's pretty inconvenient to look one at a time. I want to know where there are groups of bookstores, and I want to plan out a logical route to get from one to another rather than jumping to whatever's closest at the time. Especially since Local still, as far as I know, has no way to sort bookstores in order of favouriteness. Too bad about the Google limitation.
Now that you mention it, though, I'd also really like to be able to see more bookstores by scrolling on Local itself. I'd like the page to load faster initially and then be more versatile. Geocaching.com manages to load places as you scroll around.
It is something that we are thinking of adding. It was a technical limitation of the 2.x version of the iPhone OS. We wanted to target as many people as possible with the first version of the app so we targeted that OS version.
Hopefully we can make the next version 3.x-friendly and put in a global map.
I don't suppose this will work with an Ipod Touch will it, as it doesn't have the GPS part or 3G, but does have Wi-Fi.
42, not sure whether you're talking about the app as it stands or the suggested improvements mentioned in 40-41.
The app as it stands works with an iPod Touch. I've used it. The localization part of the app works depending on how well Apple can triangulate your location based on your wifi signal. But you can also search for locations by zipcode or name, and find bookstores on the app that way.
Thanks, yes, I meant as it stands now. I will give it a go. Does it work anywhere - i.e the UK? How much is it?
It's free. I don't know if it works everywhere. Well, it "works" everywhere, in that it covers all the locations and venues that are covered in Local (and there are venues from the UK in Local).
Whether Apple's localization via wifi works everywhere (a separate, non-LT issue) I don't know. Does it work for other apps for you in the UK?
Localization (and localization when using the LT app) has worked fine for me in Southern California, but in a smaller town in Canada, Apple/the iPod couldn't discern my location. Your mileage my vary.
OK, thanks. I will give it a go. Even it I use it to search bu zip codes or names it should be useful.
It works on my iPod Touch as long as there is wi-fi available. Otherwise, not.
The UK has pretty decent coverage in LibraryThing Local so you should be able to get fairly dense results, especially in and around London.
OK so I guess I was slack and stayed with the one I was using from BETA testing. Now the provisioning is about to run out so I go to the iTunes store, search for "Local Books", find the app and discover...
"The item you tried to buy is no longer available.
*Can't be the case, 'cos I just went back to check on the wording and got the same thing.
I don't know if you did anything, but I just downloaded from the AU appstore no problem tonight.
I was not able to find Local Books in the App Store. What gives?
I guess it went away in the intervening 2 years. I'd forgotten about this (never used it, I'm on Android, but it's interesting). Tim said (in the 7 Years blog post) that one thing they're working on now is mobile - maybe this could be revived and/or integrated into the new app?
They've renamed it; it's now called "Readar". A bad name, IMHO, because it's very difficult to find when I search for by name -- iTunes shows everything with "reader" in the name. Searching for "LibraryThing" does work, though, and brings it up as the second hit.
Note that this thread was begun in 2010, and the app...well, at a minimum it's changed. They are looking at mobile right now, both iOS and Android; how long it will be until there's an actual app (and whether this one will be ported/recreated for Android) I don't know.
There are a few Android apps, from and for LT. LibraryThing Browser (from an LT user, and very new) downloads your LT library and lets you search and view it various ways - very helpful in a bookstore/booksale ("do I already have this one?"). LibraryThing Scanner (from a user, been around a while) is supposed to help you add books via your phone - I find it very slow and awkward, but it works if you need it. The others are pretty much library access apps - LibAnywhere and for specific library systems. Those are from LT itself, and work well _if_ your library system is on them - useless otherwise.
The nearest libraries to me in LibAnywhere are about an hour's drive away, vs my local one and a half-dozen others within 30 minutes. But that's because they haven't signed up with LT - I need to lobby them harder to use LibraryThing for Libraries and the LibAnywhere app.
As I understand it, they're planning to make a way to access and edit your LT library offline in a way that it can sync back to the website when you get back online. At least, that's what I'm hoping they're working on! It may be a pipe dream, we haven't had any details (that I'm aware of) of what they're planning to do mobile, merely the statement that mobile is high priority right now.
They were talking about it when I was in high school, in the 60s! I wish they had gone ahead and done it and got it over with. We'd all be used to it by now.
I'm talking about the metric system, I thought it would post where I clicked Reply, but it came to the end. Sorry.
62> Yes, there's no threading on LT - it's all one conversation. To indicated what you're referring to, you can put the number of the message you're replying to at the beginning, as I did here. No problem - LTers quickly learn to hold dozens of half-finished conversations in their heads. You'll do it too. I figured what you were responding to.
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