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Reviews by LibraryThing

Oct - 21 - 2008
Nicole C. Engard

I mentioned that I was waiting to hear more from Tim about the LibraryThing Reviews for your library catalog. Well, Tim has finally posted about it – and it’s even more awesome than I thought.

Tim compares the LibraryThing service to ChiliFresh and shows that LibraryThing is going to give you a far superior number of reviews for popular titles:

Pulitzer Prize winners Chilifresh LibraryThing
2008 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz 1 review 24 reviews
2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy 8 reviews 199 reviews
2006 March by Geraldine Brooks 1 review 50 reviews
2005 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 0 reviews 45 reviews
2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones 1 review 40 reviews
2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 1 review 120 reviews
2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo 1 review 32 reviews
2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon 1 review 69 reviews
2000 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri 0 review 27 reviews

When push comes to shove, you don’t need 199 reviews. But Putlizer winners are popular books. When a popular book has 199 reviews, less popular books will have five or ten. Conversely, if Gilead and Interpreter of Maladies can’t get a review, the rare stuff definitely won’t have it.

Read all of the details at Thingology and start convincing everyone at your library that you need this awesome feature :)


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