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More Like This is a free and automatic upgrade to LTFL's Similar items recommendations.

Watch this brief video for an overview.

What's new

More Like This opens in a lightbox, where you can browse through different types of recommendations, including:

  • Similar items
  • More by author
  • Similar authors
  • By readers
  • Same series
  • By tags
  • By genre

You can also choose to show one or several of the new recommendation categories directly on the catalog page.

In the lightbox, click a book to see more about it—a summary when available, and a link to go directly to that item in the catalog.

What changes in your catalog

You'll see two changes to the Similar items as it appears in your catalog:

1. A link to "see more" which opens the More Like This browser. Depending on your settings, this may be a text link or it may be graphical. See "What you can modify" below to make changes.

Recs before.png

Recs after.png

2. The ability to rate usefulness of each recommended item. Hover over a book cover to see buttons that let you navigate to that catalog record, or to mark as a good or bad recommendation.

Rate useful.png

What you can modify

Make changes to your configuration by logging into your LTFL administrative account, and navigating to Enhancements > Configuration > Similar items.

In the catalog

  • Choose whether the link to open the More like this browser is just a text link, or if it includes the graphical icon. The text link will display below the last item in your Similar items ; the graphical icon takes the place of the last item in a grid display. By default, if your similar items are displayed in a grid you will get a graphical icon. If your similar items are displayed in a list, you get the text link.

Display link.png

  • Choose to show more types of recommendations directly in the catalog.

The main Similar items div is what you already have entered in your bibliographic template page, when you first enabled LTFL. You can choose to then display more types of recommendations directly in the catalog below that, by toggling them to "included in main div". If you do this, you don't have to then add any more div tags to your catalog.

You can also choose to turn off any type, even if you've already included that div tag in your catalog. Toggling a type to off in this settings control box removes that type from both the catalog and the lightbox itself.

Include maindiv.png

  • You could also choose to display recommendation types elsewhere on your catalog page, if you want to break them apart. For example, you could place "more by this author" on the side bar, but Similar items in the main part of the page. Just use the unique div tag for each type of recommendation to display it on it's own.
  • Main div to include Similar items
 <div id="ltfl_similars" class="ltfl"></div> 
  • Similar authors
 <div id="ltfl_similars_authorreadalikes" class="ltfl"></div> 
  • Same series
 <div id="ltfl_similars_sameseries" class="ltfl"></div>  
  • More by author
 <div id="ltfl_similars_morebythisauthor" class="ltfl"></div> 
  • By readers
 <div id="ltfl_similars_memberrecommendations" class="ltfl"></div> 
  • By tags
 <div id="ltfl_similars_workstagrecs" class="ltfl"></div> 
  • By genre
 <div id="ltfl_similars_genre" class="ltfl"></div> 

In the lightbox

  • Choose whether to show cover images or not.

Show covers.png

  • In the Similar Authors settings, you can choose to show author pictures, and also to convert the author pictures to black/white, if you prefer them all to be greyscale.

Author images.png


Why don't I see covers in the lightbox?

Currently we are only able to display covers to libraries who already subscribe to cover art from Syndetics. A common issue is if your library has not put your Syndetics cover URL into the "Cover URL" box on the Global Configuration page. If you still aren't able to turn on images in the lightbox, please email ltflsupport@librarything.com for assistance.

Why don't I have the option to show books in the same series?

Series information is only displayed for libraries who also subscribe to LTFL's Series and Awards enhancement.

Where do the reader recommendations come from?

Reader recommendations come from members of LibraryThing.com, the social site for booklovers.

Where do the author pictures come from?

Author pictures are uploaded by members of LibraryThing.com. Read more our guidelines for contributing images here.

Why don't all my books have summaries?

We can provide summary data for most popular fiction and non-fiction titles. Summaries do not occur as frequently in catalogs with more unique titles.

How can I make the "view in catalog" button say something else?

We default to the text "View in Catalog" for the text on the link to your catalog. You can change this to some other text (e.g. "View in Catalogue" or "Go to Catalog") by going to your Global Configuration page and changing the "View in Catalog text" area.

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