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LibraryThing Announces New Feature For Publishers

LibraryThing, an online service to help people catalog their books easily, has announced a new feature for publishers called LibraryThing for Publishers. Like LibraryThing Local, Local Book Search, LibraryThing for Libraries, and LibraryThing Authors, LibraryThing for Publishers is about linking arms with another important player in the book world, for everyone's benefit. LibraryThing for Publishers is free and open to any legitimate publisher. It's simple to upload titles. The service has launched with five publishers, covering eight imprints.

LibraryThing for Publishers gives publishers three key things:

  • A box on the work page of all their titles
  • Publisher pages
  • Hundreds of links from LibraryThing (LibraryThing has a high PageRank)

Members get:

  • A new way to connect with the publishers they love
  • A way to browse publishers' titles
  • As we move this forward, publishers can help on the data end, with better, less restricted book data from the people who actually create the books.

LibraryThing for Publishers includes the following features:

  • LibraryThing's first "shelves" interface, which was just introduced. Shelves are doing a lot more on publisher pages than on tag pages.
  • Faceted tagging, where one set of books (a publishers') is sliced and diced by a tag. For example, here are Orbit Books' Urban Fantasy books.
  • Reviews by publisher (e.g., Zondervan)
  • An enhanced members' page, with mini-shelves for top members.

Here's a video about how to join:

Source: LibraryThing

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