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How do I edit my profile?

Click Edit profile/account settings. Click the "Help" button, in the top right corner of each Settings page, for further guidance.


What are Connections?

LibraryThing has several different ways of letting you connect with other members.

  • You can add someone as your friend. They will be sent a message asking them to approve the "friendship". This will add their name to your list, and yours to theirs—it's mutual.
  • You can add someone to your "interesting libraries" list. This adds a link to them on your profile page without requiring confirmation (although they will be notified). It's a good way to call out or make note of interesting members and their libraries (without necessarily claiming "friendship" with them).
  • You can add someone to your private watch list. This is a private list, visible only to you. No one else can see who is on it.
  • LibraryThing automatically generates a list of authors from your library who have created a LibraryThing Author account.

How do I add people to my Connections?

You can add other users to your "interesting libraries", friends, or private contact list by clicking the appropriate add link on the upper right of their profile page.

What's Connections News?

Connections News lets you see recently added books, ratings, and reviews from members on your Connections lists, as well as from members with similar libraries to yours.


What do those obscurity numbers in my fun statistics page mean?

The book obscurity number measures how many people have your books. Basically, the lower your numbers are, the more obscure your collection is.

Take a given book - Guns, Germs, and Steel, for example. That book has 1,355 members who list it in their library. If you had only one book in your library, and that book was Guns, Germs, and Steel, your book obscurity would be 1,355 mean and 1,355 median.

Most of the time, however, you have more than one book. In that case, it provides an AVERAGE number. The most familiar type of average is the 'mean'. The mean is the average popularity of your books. Add up all the people that own each of your books and divide by the number of books in your library. If you have two books, one that only you own and one owned by 99 people your mean is 50.

If you have the following three books in your library: Guns, Germs, and Steel (1,355 members), Save Me the Waltz (17 members), and Maori Myth and Legend (4 members), your mean book obscurity is 1,355 + 17 + 4 divided by 3. This is 458.7.

'Median' is a way of doing an average that works a little differently. The mean of 458.7 seems a little wrong, skewed high by that one really popular book. A median, by contrast, looks at the middle number in the set - in this case, 17. When you order your books by popularity, the book in the middle is exactly half-way between being most popular and least popular of your books among all the LT members. This half-way book is in a way "typical" of your books, and its general popularity is your median value. Half of your books have more than 17, half less than 17 owners.

In this example, the obscurity number would show up as "17/458.7 Median/mean book obscurity".

Why are books I share with one other member labeled "you and none other"? Shouldn't they be "you and one other"?

This heading is from the French phrase Vous et nul autre, commonly used on poesy rings. The 'you' refers to the person with whom you share the book; the best way to think of it is probably "(I share this book with) you and none other".


From Landric

The phrase refers to a book only owned by two people, and is nominally said by one owner to the other [as in the avowal of affection]. If there were "one other", there would be three owners of the book. As an aside, it is odd that an affectionate remark uses the second person singular unfamiliar rather than "tu". Perhaps it is because "vous" has a greater poetic emphasis - a problem not found in English unless we go wild and realize that both "vous" and "you" can be second person plural


If you want a list of books that are unique to your library, go to the "Your Books" tab and click on the Sort button to the right of the Style selection buttons ("A, B, C...."). You will get a pop-up window which will let you select several sorting options, including that "Total members".

What's the 'also on' section for, and how do I add to it?

"Also on" provides links to your profile on other websites. You can add to your "also on" list by clicking Edit profile/account settings. See a complete list of the sites included in "Also on", and information on where to find your "handle" for each site: Also on.

You can also explore your Also on connections, which finds your friends and contacts from other sites, and tells you whether or not they are also members of LibraryThing.

How do I put links in the text on my profile page?

If you type (for example)

My favourite book is <a href="http://www.librarything.com/work/2770499">Little Women</a>.

It will show up like this:

My favourite book is Little Women.

You can also format your text by adding <b>bold</b> or <i>italics</i> tags around your text.

How do I put images in the text on my profile page?

You can combine links and images on your profile page.

When you are on a work page (say, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) you can right-click on the picture and choose (Firefox) "Copy Image Location" or (Internet Explorer) "Properties" then highlight the URL address and right-click again to "Copy" the address of the picture.

Then you can type a line similar to the following into your profile:

<img src="http://www.librarything.com//picsizes/b9/8c/b833705c88dc2c69b67f902656549363.jpg">

and you should see

HarryPotterDeathlyHallows cover.jpg


You can make the cover a hyperlink by combining the image with a link

<a href="http://www.librarything.com/work/book/18657844"><img src="http://www.librarything.com//picsizes/b9/8c/b833705c88dc2c69b67f902656549363.jpg"></a>

Due to security settings on this wiki, creating an image that links to a URL is not permitted, so there is no example. It works in your profile, though!

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