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Most Recent Messages from LibraryThing Group: Book links questions and help

A place to discuss the use of and issues surrounding Book Links.


BDAS: adding a link as a record

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:59:45 -0400

maart 20
I want to add a link to google art as a record can I do that? Lesley

chuckbass: dumb question-writing reviews

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:46:47 -0400

augustus 2009
I had the same question/problem. Why do they make it so difficult. You'd think this would be easily solved if the LibraryThing brass are aware of it...

GTabarelli: Can we add a library not on the list?

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 03:28:06 -0400

juni 2009
Sarebbe possibile aggiungere una biblioteca dalla quale poter estrarre tutti i libri doppi da inserire in LT?

legallypuzzled: Method for finding links for academic (and some public) libraries

Wed, 13 May 2009 19:42:41 -0400

mei 2009
That's assuming the book links page will open on your computer (*grumble*). One good page from OCLC is their "Creating deep links to your library catalog" which gives some "secret" linking tips:

rankhobbits: Unable to scan in books

Sat, 02 Aug 2008 19:02:31 -0400

augustus 2008
No help here, this is just what I was looking for information on how to do. Can't imagine any other method, too many books hereabouts. Pointer, please to any instructions on how it _should_ work and where to get the hardware?

dbourrion: Something wrong with that link ?

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 10:06:44 -0400

april 2008
HI. I'm trying to add the link to the library I'm working in. My link looks clean and usable ( for exemple) but I cn't maange to get my new link appearing into the list, under Library/France... Am I doing someting wrong ?

msugovdoc: Can't others see my "Find at . . ." links?

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 01:12:56 -0400

april 2008

CheriePie69: Fix my Book Links?

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 22:43:43 -0400

april 2008
Is it possible to fix my book links, specifically I have in my list twice, both at the very bottom, and I can't remove either of them, nor can I move either one up to the top of the list. The arrows are there for moving, but clicking them has no effect. All the other entries I'm able to move around in my list just fine. So basically, I want to be able to get rid of one of the entries and move the other to the top. And I'm wondering if it's just my set of links that are broken or does everyone have this problem? ~Cherie

AndrewB: open in new page?

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 04:07:42 -0400

maart 2008
I agree, I hate sites that open new windows/tabs by default. I much prefer to do it myself, when I choose to, and thanks to Firefox have developed the "middle click" habit.

rdtaylorjr: Incorrect ISBN's

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 03:41:22 -0400

maart 2008
As a college student, I buy a lot of books. I use Book Links primarily for the quick access to I have cataloged my ISBN-specific wishlist, but Book Links automatically chooses an ISBN for each work that may or may not match the one I want to search for. Is there any way to fix Book Links so that it searches based on the ISBN I have cataloged rather than an ISBN of it's choice? Or, even better, could this be made an option so that those of you who like it the way it is will not riot? Maybe the option already exists and I'm just missing it? Thanks!

lilithcat: Read Books

Sun, 30 Dec 2007 12:59:01 -0500

december 2007
If the book is in copyright, you probably won't find it on line. Try a Google search.

MizGnomer: Finding a hidden search URL

Sat, 15 Sep 2007 00:45:55 -0400

september 2007
I have been trying to add a book link for, but was unable to discover the URL that the site uses to perform ISBN searches. Once Overstock finds the book, it replaces the search URL with the URL of the book from their database. Every time I copied the URL from my search results, I either ended up always going to that same book, or getting a "Page not found". The way I finally solved this was almost by accident. I searched the site for a book that wasn't in their inventory. When the page came up with the "no results" message, the URL contained the hidden search terminology. Overstock wasn't able to replace the search URL with a URL from their database, because it didn't find one. For example, searching for the ISBN 0970886977 takes you to the URL: Searching for an ISBN that isn't in the Overstock inventory, such as 0916455068, takes you to a page with the URL: I also discovered that the part of this URL after the ISBN isn't really necessary. Therefore, the URL for the book link is: Hopefully this might help in other situations where you are trying to find the hidden search URL for a new book link.

legallypuzzled: help with getting a link to the North Suburban Library System cooperative "iBistro" catalogs

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 20:07:49 -0400

augustus 2007
I think I posted an answer before you posted your clarification :) Glad it works!

reading_fox: How do you add a link?

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:36:13 -0400

mei 2007

bcballard: Removing a link: misleading warning message

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 21:21:28 -0400

april 2007
Aah - I never saw the X because it's off the right of the little list. I now see that there's a horizontal scroll bar on that box, and when I scroll right I see the X. However, I had already deleted a bunch of links from the main links page. Crap. I'll try to put them back on the page (the links are still in my "Your Book Links" list - so hopefully I can reverse engineer them...)

Existanai: Book Links problems

Thu, 29 Mar 2007 10:43:30 -0400

maart 2007
Cherie, you can change the order of the links by using the green arrows next to them, to move them up or down.

lilithcat: What does Booklinks do?

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 22:45:40 -0400

maart 2007
It tells you that a library has a certain book, or that a bookstore has, or can order for you, a certain book.

sunny: popup to add a source: add link to "how to"?

Thu, 22 Mar 2007 03:09:55 -0400

maart 2007
Are you sure? ;-) The text in the popup window still looks the same to me.

sunny: So, what does magicnumber do?

Wed, 21 Mar 2007 12:57:39 -0400

maart 2007
Similar question in the Blog comments (tardis, post 28).

jcbrunner: Request: for MAGICTITLE and MAGICAUTHOR

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 18:30:04 -0400

maart 2007
Is there a possibility for MAGICTITLE and MAGICAUTHOR? Then I could add a title query for Adventures of a Bystander or an author query for Peter Drucker.

annabethblue: link edit mode

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 17:58:15 -0400

maart 2007
would it be possible to stay in link edit mode for more than one link? It's a bit frustrating to fix a link and then have to click 'edit' again and scroll down to find your place again. :D

annabethblue: title searches

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 17:51:05 -0400

maart 2007
All of the public libraries I use do not have an ISBN search (GRRR.). Is it possible to have a title search link instead? I know that gets a little more complicated with the links...with the + and other symbols. Just wondering if it's possible. For now, I'm just linking to the catalogs and I'll just do the title search when I get there.

JohnMcGrath: Edit and/or delete a link?

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 16:51:26 -0400

maart 2007
IE 6 issues should be cleared up.

kantelier: title search for worldcat lost

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 15:56:26 -0400

maart 2007
See #10 on If there was no ISBN, worldcat was searched with the title. That feature is lost now.

timspalding: Helpers log / Best ISBN for when there is none

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 11:53:57 -0400

maart 2007
I've added book links to the helpers log. It's basic—we're going to add more detail, like whether the link was added or edited. But it's up. For pages like this, it needs to be parameterized with an ISBN of some sort. So, the question is: What ISBN is most held across all libraries? An interesting question, I think. OCLC's top books lists don't really help. They're FRBRized. I chose a recent edition of Britannica: 0852297874 Anyone else? Tim