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Compare: Connections will let you see the overlap between books in Your library and the libraries for a selected subgroup of your Connections. The feature is particularly useful for determining how similar libraries got on your list.


Connections can be chosen by you (friends, interesting libraries, or private watch list) or provided by LibraryThing (similar libraries). You can find out more about how to view/change your chosen Connections here. To find out more about your list of similar libraries, see here.


To compare Your library to those of Your Connections, simply choose the group, then click on the view you'd like to see.

Choose one of the following from the Compare drop-down box:

  • Your friends
  • Your interesting libraries
  • Private watch list
  • Your top 50 similar libraries

Then, choose a view from Click to show:

  • Shared books, books will show the books shared and the Connections who share them; the books are sorted with the most-shared books first. Unlike for Recommendations or calculation of similar libraries, this list is NOT a weighted list; unusual books are treated equally to common books.
  • Shared books, people shows Connections and the books they share with you, this time ordered so that Connections who share the most books are listed first. You can see each member shares # books/total library size. All books are weighted equally, and ranking is based on the raw number of books, not the proportion in a Connection's library; as a result, you may find that larger libraries tend to dominate the beginning of your list.
  • Top books lists the books held most frequently by your Connections, including both shared and unshared books. You can use this list as a way to find common books to read you that you might have overlooked.

From any view, you can click on a title to go to its work page. You can also click a LibraryThing member name to go to the corresponding Profile page. The total number of Connections who own the work is listed in parentheses just after the author's name.

By default the top 250 books are shown in book views, but you can also click on the links to show the Top 1,000 books (if there are that many), or All books.

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