Christmas Presents for Librarians & Booklovers

I have found some pretty neat gift ideas I want to share with you all.

Bibliochase - Image From Catalog
  • Bibliochase
    The Bibliochaise is an armchairlibrary for who likes to be immersed in deep reading. It contains 5 linear metres of books and thanks to a special fitting structure is easily disassembled.
  • Kiss Me I’m A Librarian T-Shirt
    Or any of the other great gift ideas at TeaseCatalog
  • Men of TLA Calendar
    I mentioned this earlier – but it deserves to be repeated.
  • Librarian’s Rock T-Shirt
    Or any of the other Cafe Press gifts.

Okay Girls This Is For You!

And guys who love to shop :)

I just read on Techcrunch about the Likeness search – Like.com – from Riya. The reason I say this is for girls – well – look at the example that Techcrunch uses. You no longer have to scour the web to find that accessory you’ve been dying for – you can now search for it.

When I was looking for my wedding dress, I had seen one on an actor in a TV show that I loved – I spent forever looking for a dress to match the picture I had – that’s going to my “When I was young” story (you know – like your grandparents who says they walked to school barefoot, up hill, in the snow :) )

Anyway, pretty neat toy – I’m off to play.

Mis-spelled Auctions

I just read about Missing-Auctions on Library Stuff.

Every day thousands of items are listed on auction sites around the world containing spelling mistakes such as ‘comuter’, ‘coomputer’ or ‘c0mputer’ instead of ‘computer’. Because these items don’t appear in the regular search results less people bid on them so they sell for a lot less. … Now you can easily find these mis-spelled auctions and grab yourself a bargain!

Fun! And way handy!

Another Book Sale Finder

Last week I wrote about Book Sale Scout and then I found out about Book Sale Finder. Both are pretty handy. Personally, I like that Book Sale Scout better it lets you search for sales – it also lets you list your sales for free.

I still think that both need some serious design help. The ads are overwhelming on Book Sale Finder and on Book Sale Scout they don’t seem to know how to keep their ads within the borders of their page.

What this means? It means if you’re shopping for books go ahead and check both sites – if you’re looking for a place to advertise your book sale – go with Book Sale Scout.

[update] I just got an email correcting me – apparently Book Sale Finder offers free ads to non-profits – always has – I just didn’t find that fact when browsing the site. Sorry about that. [/update]

What headset do you use?

After my post about the Library Geeks podcast I thought about it and I really should buy a headset – so I want recommendations. What ones are you using and which do you like? I’ve heard some podcast interviews where I have to fast forward through a specific speaker because they’re so darn quiet – I don’t want to be that person :)

I got one recommendation from someone at work today for the Sennheiser PC150 Noise Cancelling PC Headset – but I want to hear from more people.

Find Library Book Sales

There is a new site I just read about on ResourceShelfBook Sale Scout. On first look I didn’t really want to explore much further – the design is severely lacking (a point that I emailed to the owners) – but I’m glad I did browse on. Using this service, you can find bookstores are libraries in your areas! What a great way to support libraries and find cheap books.

Getting angry

I have been trying to buy my textbooks for classes for the last 3 weeks, but Drexel does not make it easy – in fact they make it down-right difficult. First of all they “require” you to buy your books from their bookstore – how? Well you search for your class and section (using the most idiotic interface ever) and then you see the required texts – but you don’t see all of the info you need. You see the last name of the author and an abbreviated title. No edition, No ISBN, nothing that will make it easy to find the book elsewhere.

So I search the library to see what books they have for those classes – I find the ISBNs and email the professors to find out what the right ISBN is. One professor replies within minutes the others I wait for – finally I get an answer from another professor (still no word from the last – and I got a read-receipt for the email I sent). Now I have 2 definite ISBNs and 1 possible ISBN. I search online – I do Ebay, Amazon, ABE, Half, and BigWords. One of the books I need is supposed to have a CD with it – none of the above-mentioned sites says that there is a CD with it. The book in question is listed for $190 at the school bookstore and $60 on ABE – where would you buy it???

Anyway, I’m waiting to hear back from some sellers about the CD, all the while getting more and more frustrated that this information was not made clear in the first place!!

[update] Just got an email back from the instructor – CD is not necessary – so I’m off to buy my books. Saving myself over $100 by not shopping in the bookstore! [/update]

Word of the Day: Shopcast

You’ve heard of webcasting, podcasting – and a few others – but have you heard of Shopcasting? I just learn about a new site called ThisNext from the Business 2.0 Blog.

ThisNext is a shopcasting network where you can recommend, share and discover great products.

But what is Shopcasting?

It's a product playlist — a way to recommend to other people things that make life better. It's a way to syndicate your taste, your voice. Shopcasting is a mashed up word that combines shopping and broadcasting.

So there you go – if you’re a shopaholic this is a necessary addition to your blog sidebar.

GiftHat

I know that there are other similar services out there – but this is the only one I’ve played with. GiftHat lets you create and share a wishlist – the best thing is that you can import your Amazon wishlist right into their database. There are a few features I’d like to see.

  1. They show the list price instead of the Amazon price (which is always less).
  2. I’d like to be able to enter in my amazon associates tag – make a little money :)

Overall, a pretty nifty tool. [Thanks TipMonkies for pointing it out]