“To do a dull thing with style - now THAT'S what I call art.”
Time for another installment of Tuesday Thingers hosted by Wendi’s Book Corner! This week’s question has to do with visual styles and your library.
Have you explored the different styles? Have you customized any of the styles? If so, what are your favorite customized items (isbn, Dewey Decimal, Reviews, Book-Swap, etc)?
This was one of the first things I fooled around with on LibraryThing. For me everything I use whether it be a web-based application of desktop software must have lots of flexibility in terms of visual style. One of my major defects is that things which aren’t appealing format wise drive me nearly insane. I don’t want to see features I won’t be using and I also want the ability to style toolbars and such in my own way. LibraryThing has the perfect customization features for me and after fiddling with the columns I’ve come to find a great style that allows me to see all the information I want in the exact way I prefer.
The snapshot above is my preferred LibraryThing style. Cover, Author, Title – just the basics and sortable. I like the column for Awards & Honors which is helpful for quick reference. Next I have my personal Tags – I use like to keep track of all reads, along with year read, and whether they are owned or library books. The Subject column is really handy, often I will read a book on a certain topic and then I want to read another – Dystopian or apocalyptic is a great example. Then I have a column for Private Comments, I don’t use it all that often but it’s great for jotting down a note if I lend a book out to a friend or if I am looking for the same book but in a different format (for example, I prefer Trade PBs over Hardcovers.)
My one and only complaint is about the last column – Shared – I hate it! I wish there were some way to get rid of it, but if there is I haven’t found it yet. If anyone knows if it’s possible please, please, please let me know :)
So what about you? Have you found your personal style LibraryThing? Head over to Wendi’s Book Corner and share your thoughts :)
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