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LibraryThing is now free to all.

1timspalding
Edited: Mar 18, 2020, 3:01 pm

See our blog post at https://blog.librarything.com/main/2020/03/librarything-goes-free/

As we explain in the post, we were going to go free soon anyway. But now everyone's trapped at home, with time on their hands. And everyone is worried about money. So it's the right time to do it.

Will this affect the site in other ways? No. Membership money hasn't paid for LibraryThing directly for some time. LibraryThing.com is our passion, a significant part of our library products and the absolute underpinning of TinyCat. So we aren't going to do less. But we're killing off one barrier to people joining the site, which may prove good for the community. We've often heard that members can't get their friends to join a "paid" site.

As I write in the blog post, thank you to everyone who paid for a membership in the past. You made it possible for us to exist. And, now, to make ourselves free to everyone.

2PawsforThought
Mar 18, 2020, 2:41 pm

This is great. and absolutely the right step to take. Well done, LT.

3clamairy
Mar 18, 2020, 2:45 pm

Well done!
(And I'm very proud to have been able to contribute my pittance when you needed it all those years ago.)

4LolaWalser
Mar 18, 2020, 2:48 pm

Sweet.

5davidgn
Mar 18, 2020, 2:48 pm

Woo!

6absurdeist
Mar 18, 2020, 2:49 pm

Long live LibraryThing!

7DyanLZBB
Mar 18, 2020, 2:49 pm

Thank you!
Ten years ago LT was my companion during those days alone in my office during the sanitary contingence... I love this meassure...
Big thanks!

8tardis
Mar 18, 2020, 2:51 pm

I paid over 14 years ago, and it's been worth every penny many times over.

I'm glad you're able to take this step now!

9lilithcat
Mar 18, 2020, 2:53 pm

What a lovely thing for you to do!

10John5918
Mar 18, 2020, 3:03 pm

>8 tardis: it's been worth every penny many times over. I'm glad you're able to take this step now!

I couldn't express it any better.

11torontoc
Edited: Mar 18, 2020, 3:10 pm

Great idea- I paid when I joined. I have read a great many books that I wouldn't have known about by joining LT

12Karlstar
Mar 18, 2020, 3:12 pm

Very nice! I consider this the best value for my $25 that I've ever experienced! I hope it expands your user base many times.

13paradoxosalpha
Mar 18, 2020, 3:13 pm

A growing user community only adds to the value of my long-ago lifetime membership.

14timspalding
Mar 18, 2020, 3:15 pm

>13 paradoxosalpha:

The network effect, so to speak. And very true.

15mamzel
Mar 18, 2020, 3:17 pm

I've been a member since 2007. I paid when I reached 100 titles in my catalog and I realized what a terrific resource this is.
Congratulations for attaining this point where you can offer membership for free. It is so refreshing that you aren't using the fees to give yourself new office chairs or raises but encouraging more people to join up.

16jessibud2
Mar 18, 2020, 3:18 pm

Thank you. One of many reasons this is the best place on the internet!

17casvelyn
Mar 18, 2020, 3:19 pm

Sweet! You all are awesome!

>12 Karlstar: I consider this the best value for my $25 that I've ever experienced!

I absolutely agree.

Now I want to catalog something. (Never mind that I'm currently at my literal job at a literal library working on a literal cataloging project.)

18paradoxosalpha
Edited: Mar 18, 2020, 3:20 pm

Free of fees, and free of ads! It's a miracle.

19etrainer
Mar 18, 2020, 3:33 pm

Nice, an early lifetime member.

202wonderY
Mar 18, 2020, 3:46 pm

>18 paradoxosalpha: Amen, amen!

Thank you Tim. Best place on the internet, in my opinion.

21rhinemaiden
Mar 18, 2020, 3:46 pm

How generous, Tim... I'm sure many will thank you! I'll always be glad I joined with a lifetime membership, it was money well spent.

22RickHarsch
Mar 18, 2020, 3:48 pm

If I recall the membership was sort of suggested, there wasn't much to be gained, but it was little enough it seemed reasonable to pay it as a sort of donation. Or maybe I never did...

23MerryMary
Mar 18, 2020, 4:08 pm

Outstanding! And I too am proud to have contributed during the leaner years. Onward, ever stronger!!

24ulmannc
Mar 18, 2020, 4:19 pm

>8 tardis: and >10 John5918: I agree 1000%

Signed the Electronic Luddite!

25Peace2
Mar 18, 2020, 4:42 pm

Wonderful - great to spread the goodness further. I'd love to say my membership was worth it in the money I saved by avoiding buying any more unintended duplicates, however, all the extra books that I've found out about probably outweigh that. :D Still the best site I've joined - I'm happy to have paid for membership when I did, and happy that you can spread the goodness further by going free now.

26Micheller7
Mar 18, 2020, 4:44 pm

I paid when I joined so many years ago and it has been worth every cent. Glad you can make this change now. I have never seen an add (which is great). But when you have a contest, you must come up with another prize other than lifetime membership upgrade.

27mitchellmom
Mar 18, 2020, 4:47 pm

I joined 5/6/2008 when I had 2 kids in school and wanted to log their books, my books and our movie collection. I had to convince my husband that $25 was a great investment for a lifetime membership! Now, both kids are college graduates and we’re empty nesters, but I still enjoy logging my books!
Thank you for being so caring during the time of this global pandemic.

28reading_fox
Mar 18, 2020, 4:48 pm

Does this mean LT2 is close? (I know it's still two weeks away ;-) )

Glad you could do this, hope it doesn't attract a new round of spammers!

29jeshakespeare
Mar 18, 2020, 4:49 pm

Going free is a great! Being without ads is stupendous! Now, since we're all at home thanks to COVID-19, do a hunt. I don't even care if there are any prizes, I want something fun to do!

30Berly
Mar 18, 2020, 5:01 pm

Added this to my FB post. This is my favorite online place to be and it was the best $25 I ever spent. Hope more people join!

31EdwinKort
Mar 18, 2020, 5:14 pm

Thanks. I can't remember ever paying for this, but if I did, it was worth every penny.

I love the product more and more.

32lilithcat
Mar 18, 2020, 5:17 pm

>22 RickHarsch:

Not much to be gained? The difference between 200 books and the 5600+ I now have catalogued ain't peanuts!

33lovelytoreadyou
Edited: Mar 18, 2020, 5:19 pm

Oooohhh yes please, how about a health care or spring or Women's History or Deaf History themed hunt?

34pgmcc
Mar 18, 2020, 5:36 pm

Just spotted this news a short while ago. Well done to the LibraryThing team. This is a great move. I hope many people take advantage of it.

35PawsforThought
Mar 18, 2020, 5:37 pm

>33 lovelytoreadyou: Healthcare would be *very* appropriate right now, and I would LOVE a new hunt, but I'm sure LT staff have their hands full.

36LibraryCin
Mar 18, 2020, 5:49 pm

This is great news! Happy to hear it!

37davidgn
Edited: Mar 18, 2020, 6:40 pm

Pandemic book hunt could be awesome.
(Though perhaps in poor taste?)

38DeltaQueen50
Mar 18, 2020, 6:09 pm

This is truly the best site on the internet, it has filled my life with so many good things. I am very pleased that you can now offer it to everyone for free.

39reconditereader
Mar 18, 2020, 6:37 pm

Awesome!

40fuzzi
Mar 18, 2020, 6:53 pm

I'd forgotten about paying my membership fee. Yes, it was worth every penny, nickel, dime, etcetera.

LT helps me with my ATDS (Attention To Detail Syndrome) too.

Thanks, Tim, and all.

41Crypto-Willobie
Mar 18, 2020, 6:55 pm

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- probably the best $25 investment I ever made. I've even paid the $25 twice more over the years from sheer gratitude. I'm here everyday. I'm going to spread the word on other sites.

42Norinski
Mar 18, 2020, 6:59 pm

As a graduate of an Executive MBA program, I have to say there MUST be something that will change. If a fee was required before, there must have been a reason. I applaud the move, but I am skeptical that nothing will change.

All that said, I have friends who will join now that it's free.

43ChessFanatic
Mar 18, 2020, 7:02 pm

There is a bug when you exceed 200. You can go over 200, but the moment you log out and back in, and try to search to add books, you get the error saying only paying members can add books beyond 200. As long as you are in the same session, it lets you go over. At 247, I would hate for my workaround to be delete 48 books, add 49 to add a book. Each time that gets one higher!

44AnnieMod
Edited: Mar 18, 2020, 7:04 pm

>42 Norinski:

The free accounts were limited to 200 books.
Tim had said before - they are making more money from TinyCat and Syndetics Unbound(the library products) -- the development of which had possible at least partially because of the member fees here. Now things had shifted and they are sustaining the site.

PS: More members, more data, better library services. You "pay" with your contributions to the site. :)

45susanbooks
Mar 18, 2020, 7:03 pm

You are wonderful! And have been ever since I joined

46libraryperilous
Mar 18, 2020, 7:03 pm

Thank you, Tim. This is a lovely gesture, and I hope the site gains new members because of it.

This is the only website I visit daily, and I appreciate all the hard work that has gone into the site over the years.

Thanks again.

47AnnieMod
Mar 18, 2020, 7:03 pm

>43 ChessFanatic:

You could not add but you could always import more than 200 - it was a known... "feature/bug". :)

48krazy4katz
Mar 18, 2020, 7:04 pm

As someone who paid my $25 many years ago, I am thrilled with the value I have gotten and pleased that more people will be able to enjoy this site for free. It has be a life saver on more than one occasion. What to read. What I have already read. The best site ever!
Thank you, >1 timspalding:

49timspalding
Mar 18, 2020, 7:10 pm

>43 ChessFanatic:

Thanks. I'll get right on it.

50ChessFanatic
Mar 18, 2020, 7:13 pm

I have no idea what importing is. Well, in LibraryThing that is! :-)

51Carnophile
Mar 18, 2020, 7:14 pm

Years ago there was a discussion thread in which someone said something like, "Purchases can't make you happy." I, having just paid for a lifetime membership, said, "Not true, I just got an LT membership and went 'Whoo-hoo!'"

52Carnophile
Mar 18, 2020, 7:15 pm

So technically, LibraryThing is now a... free-for-all?

53timspalding
Mar 18, 2020, 7:17 pm

>43 ChessFanatic:

There is a bug when you exceed 200. You can go over 200, but the moment you log out and back in, and try to search to add books, you get the error saying only paying members can add books beyond 200. As long as you are in the same session, it lets you go over. At 247, I would hate for my workaround to be delete 48 books, add 49 to add a book. Each time that gets one higher!

Can you paste me a bit of the message? I can't find or recreate the problem, and I'm not quite sure where you're seeing it.

54AnnieMod
Mar 18, 2020, 7:19 pm

>50 ChessFanatic: https://www.librarything.com/more/import

Allows you to add books faster if you already have a list somewhere (or an account in a few different sites).

55timspalding
Mar 18, 2020, 7:19 pm

>52 Carnophile:

The first version of my blog post had that implication.

56ChessFanatic
Edited: Mar 18, 2020, 7:21 pm

In response to 53:

If you click on "Add books" at the top, and search, instead of getting results, right above your recently searched books list is the following:

Free memberships are limited to 200 books. Upgrade to a paid membership and catalog as many books as you like. A yearly membership costs only \$10.

Then that link takes you to the page saying it's free, which has a link to this page. That's actually how I got here!

57ChessFanatic
Mar 18, 2020, 7:26 pm

Tim,

I also sent you an email with the image. Again, that page comes from clicking on "Add books" at the top.

58ChessFanatic
Mar 18, 2020, 7:29 pm

What happened was I was at 182 (would add about 50 at a time, and then fill in the rating for past books I read - I was only recording recently read and upcoming prior when I had the limit).

I did 65 straight, went to go rate them, came back, and got the error at 247.

59timspalding
Edited: Mar 18, 2020, 7:40 pm

Okay, I think we're good. Try now? I'll going to keep looking.

60ChessFanatic
Mar 18, 2020, 8:03 pm

As of 8:03pm Eastern, same defect. Tried logging out and back in.

61timspalding
Mar 18, 2020, 8:23 pm

Okay, if it's still true, I'm crazy.

62abbottthomas
Mar 18, 2020, 8:31 pm

I have been here for nearly 13 years - what else could I get for $2 per annum that could provide so much enjoyment and entertainment coupled with a remarkable utility not to mention the blessed absence of advertising. Thanks, Tim and all your associates. Roll on 200 million books!

63mhatchett
Mar 18, 2020, 8:50 pm

I'm crushed. Now all that riff-Raff from Goodreads is going to show up and pull the site down....LOL!!!

64timspalding
Mar 18, 2020, 8:56 pm

65lquilter
Mar 18, 2020, 9:04 pm

Solidarity forever!
Thanks, Tim.

66Narilka
Mar 18, 2020, 9:14 pm

Amazing news!

67ChessFanatic
Mar 18, 2020, 9:29 pm

>61 timspalding: Sorry about the delay - was eating dinner.

As of 9:28pm EDT, it appears to be fixed. Thanks for the help.

68melannen
Mar 18, 2020, 10:04 pm

Hurrah!

I'm planning to use this time to finally finish inventory, so I'll be here!

69NorthernStar
Mar 18, 2020, 11:39 pm

How nice! I paid for my life membership many years ago, and have loved so many things about LT. Thank you for all you do!

70fcplcataloger
Mar 19, 2020, 12:31 am

I just paid my lifetime membership a few weeks ago but that's okay because Library Thing is a wonderful resource for us all! Connie

71Meredy
Mar 19, 2020, 1:03 am

Nicely done. Bravo.

72AndreasJ
Mar 19, 2020, 3:33 am

I thought the fee was $10, not $25? Maybe there was a discount or something when I signed up. Either way, money well spent.

So here's to an influx of impecunious but bookish new users!

(And yes, I'm only too aware that bookishness can cause impecuniousness.)

73Nicole_VanK
Edited: Mar 19, 2020, 3:53 am

>72 AndreasJ: As I remember, one could negotiate. But yes, best use for US$ 25 in many years.

74ddejaco
Mar 19, 2020, 4:21 am

Well done! Congratulations! Thanks, Tim and all your associates.

75karamazow
Mar 19, 2020, 5:09 am

fantastico! hope this will attract many who felt $25 was too much of a burden
well done, indeed, this is a very sympathetic site IMO

76Moloch
Mar 19, 2020, 5:20 am

Nice gesture. I have been a lifetime member since 2005, and obviously LT has repaid the money since then. I use both Goodreads and LT: Goodreads is more "fun", I use it for groups and talking (groups here never really worked for me, probably because Italian members on LT are few and/or not really active), but LT is much more powerful for cataloguing, and I like that they both serve their different purposes for me.

Thank you LT!

77Papiervisje
Mar 19, 2020, 5:34 am

I am here for the long run. Well done

78Novak
Mar 19, 2020, 5:43 am

Wonderful! My $25 paid more than 16 years ago has been the best investment I ever made. I would pay again today if needed. Well done LT.

79N11284
Mar 19, 2020, 5:49 am

Joined ( and paid) in 2007 and even though money was tight then for me I have never regretted it. Great gesture and sure to attract more members.

80CarltonC
Mar 19, 2020, 7:58 am

Great. Many thanks for the many years of enjoyment already provided and here’s to many years to come with even greater user generated content.

81lisapeet
Mar 19, 2020, 8:17 am

Excellent move, Tim et al. I paid my $25 for a lifetime membership years ago and consider it money extremely well spent, and I'm glad to see you're able to do this now. Especially in these weird fractured days when everyone's looking for more connection (and hopefully getting a bit of extra reading in), this is a good place to gather.

82majkia
Mar 19, 2020, 8:27 am

Wonderful.

83MaryMeg
Mar 19, 2020, 9:27 am

Wow, wonderful news! I hope readers everywhere take notice. LT has been (and will be) a great source of information for me as well as a fun site all about books.

84lilithcat
Mar 19, 2020, 9:37 am

>72 AndreasJ:

There was a very early $10 discounted price.

85mnleona
Mar 19, 2020, 9:58 am

Thank you. Great team at LT and I appreciate all the hard work.
I am also a member of Goodreads and I like both sites and check each one daily.

86lorax
Mar 19, 2020, 10:10 am

lisapeet (#81):

hopefully getting a bit of extra reading in)

I think that phrase right there is indicative of the divide between people with school-aged kids, who are finding themselves trying to both do a full-time job and be a homeschool teacher and a child therapist for kids devastated by the loss of their routine and of interactions with their friends, and those without who suddenly find that their evenings can only be occupied by at-home activities. I think I've read a total of maybe ten pages since Saturday.

87DFED
Mar 19, 2020, 10:26 am

What a wonderful decision! I don't know what I'd do without LT and I don't regret paying my Lifetime fee several years ago at all :)

88lisapeet
Edited: Mar 19, 2020, 11:45 am

>86 lorax: Yeah, understood. I think there are a lot of us who fall into the "less time than ever" category for one reason or another. But hope springs eternal for everyone to steal reading time when they can, and I know there are folks who are dealing with too much time on their hands too (whatever that is).

89timspalding
Mar 19, 2020, 11:30 am

90briteness
Mar 19, 2020, 11:38 am

Fantastic move! Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do.

91Fourpawz2
Mar 19, 2020, 12:55 pm

I've only clicked on a pop-up ad once in my life - Saturday, April 8,2007 - and I've never regretted it. LT is the best! It's a great thing you've done, Tim.

92bragan
Mar 19, 2020, 1:51 pm

Yay! I've actually genuinely felt a little guilty for years over how much value I've gotten out of my lifetime membership vs. how ridiculously little I paid for it. I will regard this development as reason to let go of my guilt. :)

93sbaldi59
Mar 19, 2020, 2:09 pm

Years ago I paid to be part of the Library, and now I'm personally proud and happy to read such extremely interesting news. Well done my friends!!!!!

94Bookmarque
Mar 19, 2020, 2:13 pm

I think this is great. Hopefully free overcomes the complexity and the old design.

95.mau.
Mar 19, 2020, 2:15 pm

>1 timspalding: Tim, does it make sense to translate the blog post in other languages? (maybe it's already translated - I prefer to stick to the English interface). If so, I can provide the Italian version.

96Heather19
Mar 19, 2020, 2:17 pm

This may be the most comforting and wonderful thing I've heard since this whole virus mess started. I'm not around LT as much anymore but it brought me over a decade of joy and excitement (as well as a wonderful community-feeling!). I actually remember my mom buying me a lifetime membership for my birthday only a few months after I joined, and the excited frenzy to catalog more and more of my books was pretty much the best birthday present ever.

It's amazing to think LT and it's connected ventures have come so far since then that LT itself is able to actually be free now... I almost can't wrap my head around it. It's exciting.

97ian02054
Mar 19, 2020, 2:49 pm

Like others here, I too forgot that I had paid... I use the app all the time to recommend books to others, I'm pleased teh business is doing well, and that you can make this move to open the doors of the virtual library to many more..
Thanks

98klarusu
Mar 19, 2020, 2:51 pm

You guys are amazing and I hope you’re staying healthy.

My membership and my daughter are heading into teenage years this year and I’d pay for LT many times over for the pleasure it’s brought me, the people I’ve met and the books I’ve enjoyed.

Stay safe. Stay well.

99jmulick
Mar 19, 2020, 3:16 pm

Bravo, Bravo, Bravo! You are nice people! Glad I had a Lifetime membership these past few years. I look forward to the flood of new members this change will permit. Thanks for all you have done!

100rosalita
Mar 19, 2020, 3:19 pm

>96 Heather19: And I will never forget that you, Heather19, gifted me with a lifetime membership back in December 2008. I had joined LT in 2005 but as a non-traditional college student I couldn't justify spending even the small amount for a membership, and you gave out of the generosity of your heart to a total stranger, simply because our paths crossed in the BookMooch group in Talk. Every time I see your username, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling all over again. So one more time, thank you so much!

101arthurfrayn
Mar 19, 2020, 3:23 pm

Great!!

102MarthaJeanne
Mar 19, 2020, 3:51 pm

>96 Heather19: My membership was a birthday present from my Mom, too. One of the best I ever got.

103guido47
Mar 19, 2020, 4:24 pm

Thank you very much ,TIM

I remember buying a Lifetime membership, but paying a little bit more than $25. I looked for an amount that was a PRIME NUMBER above 2500 (pennies of course)
Sorry I am not Bill Gates :-(

Hum, why? Cos I like prime numbers...:-)

Guido.

104cipeciop
Mar 19, 2020, 4:35 pm

Great! It's wonderful news. Thank you
Antonio

105lorax
Mar 19, 2020, 4:38 pm

guido47 (#103):

I looked for an amount that was a PRIME NUMBER above 2500 (pennies of course)

So, you went all the way up to $25.03? Big spender!

106librisissimo
Edited: Mar 20, 2020, 11:44 pm

>13 paradoxosalpha: "A growing user community only adds to the value of my long-ago lifetime membership."
Too true. In particular, I am finding that, as I go back to review my books and especially movies, items that had no covers when I entered them often now have a wide selection available. Special thanks to all the members who take the time to upload their covers!

107Delfi_r
Mar 19, 2020, 4:43 pm

I am very happy with this decision, because I understand that the amount paid was really little for the real cost of all this, and I'm glad you have found a way to finance LT

Congrats

108librisissimo
Edited: Mar 20, 2020, 11:43 pm

>25 Peace2: - "I'd love to say my membership was worth it in the money I saved by avoiding buying any more unintended duplicates, however, all the extra books that I've found out about probably outweigh that."
Verily so. I still find myself buying books I already had, but had not yet entered into LT, but the number of duplicates is decreasing. Now I just have to find time to read the first copy....

109gilbertine
Mar 19, 2020, 4:46 pm

Love and kudos to LT for this decision.

110Lisa_Francine
Mar 19, 2020, 5:11 pm

I was happy to pay my lifetime membership, and am thrilled that you all are now offering it for free - especially during these uncertain times with COVID-19. I posted it to my personal FB page today, and thanked you all!
Be safe and be well,
Lisa

111Lyndatrue
Mar 19, 2020, 6:28 pm

>72 AndreasJ: It used to be that you could get a "yearly" membership for $10, or a "lifetime" membership for $25. I have no idea when it changed, because I was happy to pay the #25 (and long ago converted my other account to lifetime, with $50, because why not?).

LibraryThing is one of my very favorite places.

112MM_Jones
Mar 19, 2020, 6:53 pm

I started with the free account and paid a "life membership " a few years back. At the time I was surprised there was a fee, but money to a good cause. Read on!

113andersonden
Mar 19, 2020, 6:57 pm

What wonderful news! Good timing, too - so glad more people will get access to all the features of a fantastic site. As others have said - worth every penny and then some.

114Petroglyph
Mar 19, 2020, 7:11 pm

This is good news! May it grow your user base and may you never regret this decision!

115the_red_shoes
Mar 19, 2020, 7:17 pm

Is the LT revamp right around the corner?

116Kathleen828
Mar 19, 2020, 8:20 pm

I joined in 2007 and couldn't believe that I got a lifetime membership for $25.00! What a deal!
And nowyou are free - how wonderful.

117timspalding
Mar 19, 2020, 10:02 pm

>95 .mau.:

Thanks. Honestly, if you're willing to do it, I'll take it, and we'll owe you one. We'll will send you a t-shirt when the madness calms down. (We're going to put up a message that we're not sending out t-shirts. It would involve employees leaving isolation.) We are going to be rolling out the message across the other domains soon, so indeed it would be helpful.

118halloleo
Mar 19, 2020, 10:54 pm

>95 .mau.: I can do the German translation if that helps.

119AnnieMod
Mar 19, 2020, 10:59 pm

>117 timspalding:

I will be more that happy to give you a Bulgarian version if you want it. I probably also need to go back to translations. :)

Why don’t you add it into the translation system? That should make it easier and more visible if someone wants to translate it.

120Nicole_VanK
Mar 19, 2020, 11:49 pm

>95 .mau.: Good thinking. I hadn't even considered how that might be helpful.

>117 timspalding: I could provide one in Dutch

121timspalding
Mar 20, 2020, 12:32 am

Let me think on it tomorrow. It might work to write a much shorter one.

I am in any case revamping the way Google indexes the non-US site. Which should be helpful.

122oregonobsessionz
Mar 20, 2020, 1:15 am

I joined in February 2007, and paid for a lifetime membership shortly after As others have said, that was the best $25 I ever spent, even it has been massively detrimental to my bank account, and I am running out of wall space for bookshelves.

I have spent countless hours diving into "users with your books" and "what should you borrow". And Talk is one of the most civilized places on the internet. (I would have said the only civilized place, if not for Ravelry.)

Congratulations on reaching the financial stability that enables you to do this. Thank you for doing this now, when even $25 is too much for people who are losing their jobs. And thank you for building such a wonderful site.

123Diane-bpcb
Mar 20, 2020, 1:31 am

When things are getting me down--even before this Corona nightmare--I find that when I open up LT, I'm filled with hope again, being with other readers and the interesting things one can do with this wonderful ap (sp?).

Can't remember when I joined, but it was early on.

Thanks so much for the whole experience.

124PawsforThought
Mar 20, 2020, 3:42 am

If you need a translation into Swedish I'll be more than happy. I can even provide translation credentials if you want them. ;)

125divinenanny
Mar 20, 2020, 3:47 am

>123 Diane-bpcb:
If you go to https://www.librarything.com/home#folly, you can see your thingaversary, the date you joined with your current account, or you can check your profile. You joined on Aug 8, 2012 :D

126MarthaJeanne
Mar 20, 2020, 3:59 am

>125 divinenanny: It's also listed on your profile.

127anglemark
Mar 20, 2020, 5:47 am

>124 PawsforThought: Are you also a professional translator? Excellent! I've been alone in translating the interface and tags for some years now. Let's talk! :)

128PawsforThought
Mar 20, 2020, 5:50 am

>127 anglemark: No, I'm not a professional, but I've been employed as a translator.

129anglemark
Mar 20, 2020, 5:59 am

>128 PawsforThought: If you've been paid to translate, you're by definition a pro.

130PawsforThought
Mar 20, 2020, 6:14 am

>129 anglemark: Well, then I guess I am one!

131sometimeunderwater
Mar 20, 2020, 6:44 am

A wonderful decision. Well done to you and the team.

132Heather19
Mar 20, 2020, 11:22 am

>100 rosalita: Awww, that's so sweet! I'm glad to see you are still around and using this wonderful site.

Someone mentioned this on the blog and I'd like to firmly agree here: Being able to offer this site free because of success on different products is wonderful and awesome and exciting, but I hope Tim knows how many of us would gladly donate or help out if the site ever needed it in the future.

133.mau.
Mar 20, 2020, 1:38 pm

>117 timspalding: : you've got mail :-)

134amysisson
Mar 20, 2020, 1:41 pm

This is truly wonderful. As a long-time lifetime member, I say thank you! The more the merrier on LT.

135bellsreads
Mar 20, 2020, 3:59 pm

This is great! I'm happy to be a member.

136RoseCityReader
Mar 20, 2020, 6:01 pm

LibraryThing is my FavoriteThing! I'm glad to hear LT is financially secure enough to be able to make individual memberships free. I have never begrudged my $25, paid way back in 2006. You provide the best way to organize my books -- thank you!

137pantsu
Mar 21, 2020, 1:40 am

This is wonderful news...I'm hoping to drag lots of friends in to catalog their personal libraries now!

138TalecArashi
Mar 21, 2020, 4:38 am

Congrats on financial security!

I totally forgot I could add movies and music. I could do that now! oooh...

139Cynfelyn
Mar 21, 2020, 6:16 am

Repeating what others have said: congratulations on financial security, LibraryThing is my favourite site, and $25 well spent (If anyone wants ideas as to where else to park $25, head over to https://www.kiva.org).

I've just set up another account for myself for the various books I don't actually own, that I've added for various projects. Is there a pain-free way to mass-transfer one of my collections straight into the new account? If so, entry-level instrucions, please.

140mnleona
Edited: Mar 21, 2020, 7:12 am

>100 rosalita: That was so sweet. Helped brighten my day.

141amylynn1022
Mar 21, 2020, 9:39 am

I paid for a lifetime membership over ten years ago. Even at the time I thought it was a bargain. Just recently I worked with a non-profit organization that is using TinyCat, so as far as I am concern my lifetime membership was money very well spent. Thank you, LibraryThing.

142Stbalbach
Mar 21, 2020, 11:29 am

I'm not complaining, but this will change the site over time. Previously it attracted a relatively small number of dedicated readers, for better or worse. Now it will be more like GoodReads. This wont happen overnight, but over time. This is true elsewhere also, compare Reddit (free) with Metafilter (pay), the quality of the community and dedication is different. There is a place for free sites and pay sites, they are just different.

143MarthaJeanne
Mar 21, 2020, 12:04 pm

>142 Stbalbach: LibraryThing has always been a free site to those who are starting out here. For several years now there has been a move away from paid membership. People joining through the app have been lifetime members. There have been special deals for people coming from other sites at critical moments. Free lifetime memberships have been given out to anyone finding 5 answers in the treasure hunts. People gave away memberships to others who couldn't afford them. (>100 rosalita: is not all that uncommon here.)

I think it is a good development that nobody is being left out because they don't know the loopholes.

144BookstoogeLT
Mar 21, 2020, 7:28 pm

I understand >142 Stbalbach:'s concern but as >143 MarthaJeanne: pointed out, there have been a lot of loopholes throughout the years allowing people to get free lifetime members. In fact, using one of the TinyCat promotions is how I got my lifetime membership for free.

I do share a concern that LT will eventually turn into Devilreads-Lite and I'd be interested in how >1 timspalding: is planning to make sure that doesn't happen.

145brashley46
Mar 21, 2020, 8:12 pm

This is lovely ... I joined many years ago, but never got around to paying, that I remember. Almost all of my books are now in ePub format on my hard drive, catalogued in Calibre (and backed up to Mega.) I shall try to add them all in soon.

146moekane
Mar 21, 2020, 10:53 pm

Way to go. Love this site, agree w all posters who claim it was the best 25 they ever spent

147AndreasJ
Mar 22, 2020, 5:28 am

>84 lilithcat:, >111 Lyndatrue:

Thanks. I'm certain I only ever paid for a life membership, so if the recollection of $10 is correct it must've been a discount like the one lilithcat mentions.

148AnnieMod
Mar 22, 2020, 6:00 am

>147 AndreasJ:

It used to be “choose your own price” for awhile as well.

149Moloch
Mar 22, 2020, 6:50 am

Great idea, now I can finally add my wishlist here in a separate account! :-)

150tonythebook
Mar 22, 2020, 8:43 am

Just what is needed in these difficult times - long live LT!

151paradoxosalpha
Edited: Mar 22, 2020, 12:39 pm

>142 Stbalbach:

I don't think the elimination of the user fee will change the character of the site much. There are several quality "gates" here that don't have to do with an upfront payment to eliminate free riders:

a) cataloging is an activity that tends to reflect personal passion,
b) the anti-advertising elements of the site (including user content),
and to be honest, I think there's a non-negligible effect from
c) non-intuitive elements of the interface and the basic purpose of the site.

I know that Tim and his LT team aspire to eliminate as much of c) as possible, but I do think it's fair to observe that it has contributed to the culture that currently exists here, acting partly as a social filter. I would expect far more impact to the site culture from a big UI rework than I do from the elimination of membership fees.

152Jim57
Mar 22, 2020, 7:25 pm

I just joined about 12 days ago, and now I feel a bit guilty not having made a donation at that time...would gladly pay a year's donation fee if that is still possible...otherwise thank you Tim for your decision!

153mhaloin
Edited: Mar 22, 2020, 11:44 pm

When I joined donating $50 many years ago you sent back a note "Are You My Mother?" I dramatized that book with Kindergarden kids for decades. I have always enjoyed that response and continue to love and learn from Library Thing. Thanks for supporting as we go through this terrible time. I am confident we will emerge stronger on the other side.

154divinenanny
Mar 23, 2020, 6:39 am

>1 timspalding:

The message: on https://www.librarything.com/more/accounts
Is still: LibraryThing is free up to 200 books. After that we ask for $10 (year) or $25 (lifetime). In fact, you can pay us whatever you want.

I see this now, I already have a lifetime account (if that matters for the message)

155divinenanny
Mar 23, 2020, 6:41 am

>152 Jim57:
You can donate here:
https://www.librarything.com/more/store

(Bottom of the page)

156Watry
Mar 23, 2020, 8:29 am

As others have said, there have been plenty of loopholes already. I got my membership in 2012(?) after a security breach*. That's what got me coming back here at all, because a 200-book limit was useless to me and I was unemployed at the time.

*I think this is the only time that's happened. Tim and the team are excellent site caretakers.

157Africansky1
Mar 23, 2020, 8:46 am

Congratulations on going the free route . A message from S Africa . Cheering news at a grim time . I've never regretted paying a lifetime membership in 2011 and having catalogued over 17000 books , made friends on line ( And even met a couple in person ) it's been value for money in untold ways . You are the backbone of my library . It's an amazing site and should you ever require a donation just ask my way .

158erinclark
Mar 23, 2020, 1:24 pm

I paid for my membership many years ago and still to this day it is one of the best investments I have ever made. Kudos to the Librarything team!!!

159Kuiperdolin
Mar 23, 2020, 4:51 pm

Disappointing but Librarything has not really been exclusive for a long time.

160astahura
Mar 23, 2020, 7:02 pm

I will continue my monthly donation out of appreciation for the bandwidth and reliability. LT has been a sensational tool for my cataloging needs.

161nicsreads
Mar 23, 2020, 11:21 pm

Hi Tim,
I paid $25 about 10 years ago and it is money well spent. As a busy teacher-librarian ( the last of a dying breed I'm afraid), LT is my go-to whenever the students ask me for "a book like" another. I tell the kids that LT is my other brain, that stores all the books I have read over the years so I don't have to remember and I currently have over 1,000 reviews stored. Awesome value. Thanks to you and all developers for a wonderful tool....just hoping the App will have its bugs ironed out and become as good too. Cheers from Locked Down Australia - Nicola

162Moloch
Mar 24, 2020, 9:10 am

My only worry was not about the "culture" of the site, but that maybe there will be less attention to bug fixes and new features. But I trust LT staff will continue to work on the site as always.

163LLoLaguayasaminaj
Mar 24, 2020, 9:22 am

The life-time membership was always great value and this is great for all new members.

164lisapeet
Mar 24, 2020, 11:07 am

Curious: How do people envision the culture of the site changing negatively once it's free? I would think bringing in more people who were curious about what's going on over here but didn't want to make a financial commitment might be a good thing. And am also of the opinion that more people who might think twice about spending $25, as I would have been in my early internet days, might also be a good thing for encouraging more diversity here. It seems that people tend to self-separate into groups according to their interests on the site anyway.

165tuckerresearch
Mar 24, 2020, 11:30 am

How about a nice little badge for the ol' paid lifetime members?

166matthewgray
Mar 24, 2020, 12:47 pm

thanks for doing this in this rather challenging time with corona virus. Something good for people to do constructively whilst confined to their homes etc.

167lorax
Mar 24, 2020, 12:52 pm

Moloch (#162):

My only worry was not about the "culture" of the site, but that maybe there will be less attention to bug fixes and new features.

That would be a reasonable worry if it had been the case that membership fees were a significant part of LT money. As Tim says, that hasn't been the case for some time now - for quite a while their prioritization has been directed toward where the money comes from, rather than the base site. That said, the "LT 2.0" redesign, which we'll hopefully see later this year, is the most significant development on the core site in years, so it's not like they've completely stopped work here.

168rosalita
Mar 24, 2020, 1:05 pm

>159 Kuiperdolin: Disappointing but Librarything has not really been exclusive for a long time.

I may be misinterpreting this comment, but to me it's an unqualified *good thing* for LibraryThing to become less exclusive. As >164 lisapeet: says, increased diversity can only improve shared data in terms of recommendations and such.

169John5918
Mar 24, 2020, 1:11 pm

>164 lisapeet: encouraging more diversity here, >168 rosalita: increased diversity

Well said.

170whorbert
Mar 24, 2020, 3:23 pm

There's no such thing as "free" - it just means that somebody else pays. This announcement says that subscribers are no longer the source of revenue at LibraryThing and it is a logical consequence that their wants/needs will no longer be the deciding factor in decision-making. I think it's a sad day.

171r.orrison
Edited: Mar 24, 2020, 3:55 pm

>170 whorbert:
True, and what LibraryThing is selling is our crowd-sourced data - tags, reviews, connections, etc.

But that means that they will still very much need to be responsive to users needs, in order to keep the data coming. If the service for users goes downhill and we leave, they'll be left with nothing to sell.

Honestly $25 for a lifetime membership is effectively free - they haven't been surviving on our payments for a long time. I signed up in 2006 - that's less than $2 per year. Best value online service ever.

I have no worries about this move, and think it's great news that the company is in a position to do it.

172lorax
Mar 24, 2020, 4:08 pm

whorbert (#170):

This announcement says that subscribers are no longer the source of revenue at LibraryThing and it is a logical consequence that their wants/needs will no longer be the deciding factor in decision-making.

That's been true for a long time. Making it free is acknowledging that reality, not creating that situation.

173AnnieMod
Mar 24, 2020, 4:24 pm

>170 whorbert:

it had been free for anyone using the apps for years (due to the way Apple deals with apps that need payment for the iOS one for example). This does not change the realities much - it just makes people jump through less hoops to get it for free. Tim and LT had been moving towards the free for unlimited books for years now; this just removed the last small corner where it was still paid.

It is a great news - but for all intents and purposes, it just makes official a state that had been there for awhile.

174mcar
Edited: Mar 24, 2020, 5:21 pm

I've been with LT for years and this is great news. LT was and is the perfect fix for my small church library.

175robertwmartin
Mar 24, 2020, 9:38 pm

This is a great move. I'm very happy knowing that I helped this site and the company when it was needed, and would be happy to continue to do so in the future. Happy cataloging, everyone!

176Porua
Mar 24, 2020, 10:23 pm

I have been a member since 2009. I was an eager greenhorn looking for a way to connect with like-minded people. I always felt LT had a certain personal touch that other similar places lacked. You guys have never disappointed me and today is no exception. I congratulate you on making such a momentous decision. Thank you!

177dieseltaylor
Mar 25, 2020, 1:41 pm

Good move. I feel proud of you for keeping books more centre stage than it would otherwise be.

178Nicole_VanK
Mar 25, 2020, 1:53 pm

>159 Kuiperdolin: I don't even want to be in an exclusive club. I have been in some, and they're boring.

Sure, this will change the demographic of LT over time. But demographics change for any group, all of the time.

179alektzin
Mar 26, 2020, 1:50 am

So, basically, librarything will start selling our personal information now.

181anglemark
Mar 26, 2020, 4:14 am

>179 alektzin: In brief, they sell the aggregated depersonalized book data we enter. Not our personal details.

182kristilabrie
Mar 26, 2020, 8:35 am

>179 alektzin: We're pretty against that, actually.

183MarthaJeanne
Mar 26, 2020, 9:21 am

>179 alektzin: Seeing as the only 'personal' data we have to enter is a member name, it's rather hard to see how that would work.

184Jim57
Mar 27, 2020, 7:37 am

Done. Thank you divinenanny!

185norabelle414
Mar 27, 2020, 9:08 am

An unintended consequence: we're having some trouble over in spamfighters because now that all accounts are "paid", it is harder to make spam accounts disappear (https://www.librarything.com/topic/315284#7102211)

186Nicole_VanK
Mar 27, 2020, 9:49 am

Oh darn, time to rejoin the effort.

187kaatmann
Mar 28, 2020, 8:32 am

I'd like to send my thanks and congratulations on this decision also. Librarything has been an important part of my life ever since I first heard about it and joined in 2007. Like many others I would not hesitate if you were to ask for a regular subscription - in fact I never understood how you cand maintain the consistent high quality for the miserly contributions we have paid. I do hope that you get some income from Amazon and others? And can generate ample sums from Tiny Cat.

188lilithcat
Mar 28, 2020, 10:10 am

189rdmac
Mar 29, 2020, 6:18 am

Good luck with the free service! Was happy to join as a life member. Great for new users to be able to use this fantastic site for free.

190steverud
Mar 29, 2020, 1:35 pm

I take this as you now are reclining on a pile of gold? At least that was your conservative estimation of your future when I joined in 2006. I hope it came true? That badge of yours, "Made with Lapsang", drew me in.

191VictoriaJZ
Mar 30, 2020, 8:31 am

I was glad to join as a life member and it's been a great site for me == and obviously for others. Good luck with continual success.

192justjim
Mar 30, 2020, 9:38 pm

As someone who stumped up their USD25 the very day I discovered the place way back in the early eighties,* and has purchased and gifted many further lifetime memberships, and even won a few at various times, I am so happy to see that LT is no longer dependent on mere cataloguers’ cash to keep the wolf from the door.

Congratulations and thank you for a wonderful website that I really do not use as much as I should any more.

*wait, checks notes, it was actually in 2007? It seems a lifetime ago.

193nsenger
Mar 31, 2020, 10:43 am

Run by the friendliest, most accessible team, and one of the most useful and well-run sites I've ever been a part of. You truly care for your members. Librarything is a true class act, as this decision proves. Thank you for the last fourteen years, and I look forward to many more.

194marquis784
Apr 1, 2020, 5:26 pm

Thank you!

195SaintSunniva
Apr 1, 2020, 10:35 pm

I have been a member since 2006, and still use and LOVE LibraryThing. It does have a friendly feel to it, as >193 nsenger: says.

196MarthaJeanne
Edited: Apr 2, 2020, 4:26 am

197Rachael
Apr 2, 2020, 4:31 pm

Tim, I bought a lifetime membership when LibraryThing first sprang into existence in 2005, before I'd even entered my first book--that's how much I knew I wanted to support this website--and haven't regretted it once. I'm so glad you've made this free to all and I'm happy that my paid membership has enabled this.

198Newmans2001
Edited: Apr 3, 2020, 5:22 am

Will you get the same quality of participants, and participation to keep the input level and quality? So much of this sight and it's input has been the diligence of those who belong.

Will you have people inputting their lack of knowledge and mistakes, will it hurt? Will they care?

I don't know, hopefully you have a better grasp than my limited exposure.

I wouldn't wish this to be exclusive nor do I begrudge my membership, it was so little so many years ago and I have received far far greater value, so I wish you well, as this a great service to our national resource. Many many thanks now and in the future. More people participating can give far greater depth, this I hope for.

199gabriel
Apr 3, 2020, 1:44 pm

This is great news! I bought a lifetime membership in the early-ish days (June 2006), and LT has been wonderful ever since.

Lapsang Souchong, Classics and Catholicism were a great basis for building the best book database in the world. Well done, Tim.

200paradoxosalpha
Apr 3, 2020, 3:49 pm

Tim is a Lapsang Souchong addict?

201MarthaJeanne
Edited: Apr 3, 2020, 4:10 pm

200> Look at the bottom of the about page.
https://www.librarything.com/about

202AnnieMod
Edited: Apr 3, 2020, 5:50 pm

>198 Newmans2001:

Considering that it was already free if you use one of the official apps at least once and the first 200 books had always been free (and there were multiple ways to go over 200), this does not really change that much - hopefully it will get new people in but it is not such a drastic change.

203Crypto-Willobie
Apr 3, 2020, 7:01 pm

204amylee39
Apr 4, 2020, 11:04 am

Nice. Thanks for doing that for everyone.

205SomeGuyInVirginia
Apr 4, 2020, 11:06 am

>1 timspalding: thanks Tim. I joined more than 10 years ago, after trying the free product. I feel the same as many others, in that I never spent $25 on anything else in my life and got as much pleasure from it.

Now that the site's free, what can the LT community do to support the site?

206Taphophile13
Apr 4, 2020, 1:21 pm

>205 SomeGuyInVirginia: what can the LT community do to support the site?

Some things that immediately come to mind are combining, spam fighting, uploading covers, writing reviews, etc. They all make the site better for everyone. And don't forget to recommend LT to anyone who might be interested.

207mckait
Apr 5, 2020, 8:30 am

>1 timspalding: I love LT. I love everything about it. I have been absent-ish the last few years, due to life changes and a few other issues. I still come to read in my favorite group. I am sort of trapped right now, away from home.. there are some reasons that it is difficult. LT is helping me get through.

Thank you Tim and all who started this lovely home for book people. I’m so glad that’s you have expanded your horizons and made it free for all, and I’m glad I found you so long ago.

208teunduynstee
Apr 10, 2020, 2:08 am

That is great news. To me, the $25 I spent so many years ago was trivial, but to others it might not be. LT has been a non-intrusive reliable friend in my life, accommodating the guilty pleasure of cataloguing with the exact cover image I have on my shelf, gently pointing me to things I may also like. I discovered that I enjoy writing a short review with my take on a book and then comparing notes with others. I do hope that LT2 is just more beautiful and user friendly and retains these wonderful, slightly old-fashioned characteristics (gentle, non-intrusive, etc.).
Tim et al., thanks for everything.

209Carnophile
Apr 10, 2020, 12:24 pm

Just repeating, a la >196 MarthaJeanne:, that y'all need to edit the About page to note that people don't have to pay any more.

210Fotoflow
Apr 10, 2020, 2:46 pm

Just wanted to add my thanks among everyone else's comments. I joined in 2010 and immediately realized it was the book cataloging database I had always wanted. :-). The $25 I paid at the time was totally worth it. I collect a lot of zines and love that there's a media code for it on the site. Definitely inviting zine friends to add their collections to LT.

211helena2109
Apr 10, 2020, 7:47 pm

Yep. Me too!!

212DCavin
Apr 13, 2020, 7:05 am

Thank you

213kristilabrie
Apr 13, 2020, 12:07 pm

>209 Carnophile: Yes, I've made a list of a few places to update very soon that we are indeed now free. Thanks for your patience.

214MtAlvernoNovitiate
Apr 13, 2020, 2:01 pm

Thank you so much. This couldn't have come a a better time!

215BelovedEmpress
Apr 13, 2020, 4:55 pm

Niiice, and happy to hear this. Gracias

216pinax
Apr 19, 2020, 3:29 pm

It's great that you are making LT free to join. I am very very happy to have been able to give my tiny little $25 way back when, to support a service that has given me 100 times that $25 back in usefulness. I have catalogued my entire library. Couldn't have been easier. I can see immediately in a bookstore whether I own a book or not already (at over 8900 volumes, this becomes a real issue). I am incredibly happy that LT exists as a "not-amazon" entity. I love that nothing gets added to my lists that I have not put there. Adding books that have no ISBN gives me great control. Thank you. Thank you very much.

2171redflower
Apr 20, 2020, 9:26 pm

I've never regretted paying for my lifetime membership and I'm so happy now that LibraryThing is free to join. I am currently updating my collection on the site and enjoying every minute of it. Thank you, LT!

218capenguin
Apr 24, 2020, 6:19 pm

Hear Hear!!!

219belleek
Apr 25, 2020, 11:00 am

This is fantastic. I rave about this site all the time and now I can also say it's free. My lifetime membership seemed like an extravagance all those years ago but I've received so much from LibraryThing, just the Early Reviewer Books alone have more than made up for my meager contribution. Thank you, LT.

220skirsch
Apr 30, 2020, 1:09 pm

It was $25 well spent what seems like a lifetime ago. I'm glad you are still here, no matter your business model. :-)

221Caxur
May 1, 2020, 6:48 am

MUchas gracias, por todo

222Costiveira
May 2, 2020, 10:19 pm

I think this is wonderful. Astonishing.
But I guess you were not expecting such traffic, right? I mean, LibraryThing is stalling.
Or is it something else?

223JJKING
May 3, 2020, 8:58 pm

This is great. Just wanted to know those I
Of us who payed... Will we be getting at refund?

224JJKING
May 3, 2020, 9:00 pm

I really could use the $25.

225sbecon
May 3, 2020, 10:26 pm

I’ve had a lifetime membership for over a decade. I have gotten my money’s worth plus some. Wonderful to be able to share this community free of charge. Well done.

226shaberstroh
May 4, 2020, 5:55 pm

I was a school librarian and I joined years ago. I got so much use out of it and gladly paid for a lifetime membership . I started using it as a way to find books for the Character Education at my school. Searching by Tags for books about honesty or perseverance was just what I needed. I'm retired now but still use it for suggesting books on my blog. Remembering books with a specific theme or topic gets more difficulty when you're not in the field everyday. Glad to hear that the site is doing well and you are able to offer it for free.

227DanieXJ
May 5, 2020, 9:19 am

I've always felt so guilty for only paying $25 for such an amazing place that I've gotten so so so much out of.

It was the best $25 I've ever used, and, I'm so glad that others will get to experience this awesome site for free now.

(I should get back into using the Recs again too... maybe after I've caught up with the books read in real life vs. what I've entered here. Oops...)

228DanaWills
May 11, 2020, 7:23 am

I just joined, and I think that this is the nicest welcome 'reading' gift, I have ever received. Thanks very much!

229CKHarwood
Edited: May 13, 2020, 11:00 am

DanielXJ expresses everything I wanted to post here.

> I've always felt so guilty for only paying $25 for such an amazing place that I've gotten so so so much out of.

> It was the best $25 I've ever used, and, I'm so glad that others will get to experience this awesome site for free now.

230Scrybe1
May 14, 2020, 2:47 pm

Thank you

231cee2
May 18, 2020, 2:47 pm

Though I don't come here every day, I am glad I bought my lifetime membership long ago. Definitely received more value than what I paid and to hear that the site is now free for everyone is wonderful. Thank you, Tim.

232stevemaynard
May 25, 2020, 8:45 pm

I paid $25 when I join back in 2008 and i thought it was inexpensive. I've added over the years and it has certainly helped me keep to 1 copy (except for key books). Now I have over 1,000 books. It is really a help to readers to see what people recommend, what is in libraries similar to my own. A great idea well executed. I am sure this be a great aid to many readers out there with large personal library and no way to catalog or organize them. Looking forward to your new advances.

233lkerr
Jun 4, 2020, 10:08 am

I just discovered this change! Thank you so very much!!!!

234Jotamac
Jun 6, 2020, 6:53 pm

Fantastic move! Even though I paid it always felt free...

235humouress
Jun 7, 2020, 7:33 am

It's always been good value for money. I've even paid for accounts for my sons - just waiting until the 11 year old is old enough to post his own reviews on here.

... But do we get a badge if we paid? ;0)

236krazy4katz
Jun 7, 2020, 11:14 pm

>235 humouress: Hah! You are paid in karma. ;-)

237tanveerkarori
Jun 10, 2020, 6:11 am

dear....salam
i am in search of a book named
"i can't help blossoming ".
its not available in pakistan in local market.and covid 19 has made the cities and markets so silent like graveyards.
can any friend make it possibe to provide a soft copy of said book.

238PawsforThought
Jun 10, 2020, 6:25 am

>237 tanveerkarori: This is not the right forum.

239atufft
Jun 16, 2020, 2:27 am

Thank you for your hard work Tim during Covid19. I was happy lifetime contributor, but I'm delighted that this system is now self-supporting than anyone, regardless of income, can participate.

240RalphConnorCovers
Jun 23, 2020, 2:20 pm

I would love it if you removed the notice. I get to a page, make my selection and then this notice pops up which means I end up clicking something I did not intend to click since everything moves down. Dismissing this does no good since it pops up again on the next page. Make it a permanent part of the page or just remove it already.

241AnnieMod
Jun 23, 2020, 2:27 pm

>240 RalphConnorCovers:

Post over in the Bug Reports with details of your browser (and check your plugins/add-ons - it is possible that one of them is messing up with the site realizing you do not need to see it again) -- I had not seen the notice for ages.

242StJosephIssaquah
Jul 4, 2020, 1:56 pm

A little late but Thank You for making me smile with this gift of one good thing to the world, which needless to say our world really needs. This is absolutely the right thing, actually a truly wonderful thing to do. We have gotten a lot more than our $25 out of LT and are happy to be paying for TinyCat to make our library easier for our patrons to use. I have spent a huge amount of time on LT over the years and feel I have a vested interested in the well being of everyone involved. Thank you - it's an honor to be associated with you!

243magnumpigg
Jul 8, 2020, 12:02 pm

Thank you for making this happen. I feel you have now aligned yourselves with the spirit of the free library system we enjoy in our communities.

244lilithcat
Jul 8, 2020, 12:57 pm

>243 magnumpigg:

free library system we enjoy in our communities.

Wish that were true everywhere! Lots of people have to pay a subscription for libraries. And, of course, many of us pay for them through our taxes.

245indigomage
Jul 9, 2020, 7:33 am

On the grounds that I have 1200 books on here,
I presume that I must have paid something at some point, but I don't recall what or when.

In either case it's good to know that you are able to offer this to everyone.

So Congratulations

indigomage

246anglemark
Jul 9, 2020, 1:24 pm

>245 indigomage: There was a data breach a few years ago, and as an apology of sorts, everyone was made a lifetime member when the breach was discovered. That's probably how you became one.

247KingLMadness
Jul 20, 2020, 12:09 am

I need help

248KingLMadness
Jul 20, 2020, 12:11 am

I've been trying to remember the name of this book where a cop took on a scientifically enhanced body possessed by a old nemesis

249amanda4242
Jul 20, 2020, 12:16 am

>248 KingLMadness: Welcome to LibraryThing! You will have better luck in our Name That Book Group. Be sure to read the tips for posting first. Good luck!

250John5918
Edited: Jul 20, 2020, 12:21 am

>248 KingLMadness:

Welcome to LibraryThing. You'll be more successful at finding your book if you post in the Name That Book group at http://www.librarything.com/groups/namethatbook. Please read and carefully follow the instructions at the top of the group home page to give yourself the best chance. Good luck.

Edited to add: Oops, cross posting, but no harm in repeating a helpful message.

251cdevos
Jul 23, 2020, 9:40 am

Excellent news (even though I "benefitted" from the security breach, so I never had to pay), keep up the good work!

252cordelia.dracos
Aug 26, 2020, 6:29 am

In common with so many I wish to add my vote - should you need to charge for lifetime membership again - add me to the list! No advertising is the best!!!

253kantr
Edited: Aug 26, 2020, 6:00 pm

Thats odd, I joined in 2016 and was never charged anything after importing my books from Shelfari, but then also didn't use this website until today.

254rosalita
Aug 26, 2020, 6:05 pm

>253 kantr: There may have been a waiver of the membership fee for Shelfari refugees, if I remember correctly. I know that was done for some other sites that folded. Regardless, we're glad you're here!

255kristilabrie
Aug 27, 2020, 8:31 am

>253 kantr: and >254 rosalita: There indeed was a lifetime membership gift to all Shelfari refugees. Welcome, kantr!

256kezrich
Sep 12, 2022, 12:07 am

>1 timspalding: Does the “ No charge” apply to a community library manned by unpaid volunteers? The collection is estimated at 4000 books. We are about to start a catalogue and will eventually move to a form of self managed circulation. At present borrowing operates as an honesty and good will system. A bit of an anxiety for retired librarians brought up in old fashioned system! We need to request the Home Owners association for funds to establish a structured system of operation.

257kristilabrie
Sep 12, 2022, 8:12 am

>256 kezrich: LibraryThing.com, by itself, is completely free to use. If you're looking to add TinyCat, LT's real online catalog for small libraries (with features for tracking circulation and patron data), that costs an affordable subscription. Your library would fall under the "Volunteer" category here: https://www.librarycat.org/#pricing. With under 5,000 records, that would put you at $6/month (or $72/year, depending on your subscription preference).

Let me know if you have further questions here, I mainly work with TinyCat and am happy to help!
Kristi at LT (tinycat@librarything.com, kristilabrie)