Good News for Biblioholics: LibraryThing Cataloging Site Now Free to All

Frank Wiles, “The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger,” 1927

Lomax, the Sub-Librarian would applaud. LibraryThing, the site your humble Gazetteer has used to manage her collection of books for about 15 years, has now removed all fees and book limits, without the addition of ads. The fees were always low, but in response to the global pandemic, both the site and its mobile app (which allows you to add books by using the phone’s camera to scan the ISBN barcodes) are now completely free to use.

Your Gazetteer has long preferred LibraryThing to GoodReads, and is taking this opportunity to recommend it to all. It’s flexible and easy to use, and it includes enjoyable social features (while allowing you to keep your library or individual books private if you desire).

Some of the Gazetteer’s books

Your book information is not collected for marketing; the site uses it only for gathering information on books and authors (as in this page for Arthur Conan Doyle). Members also engage in collective endeavors such as entering the personal libraries of famous people. This is an excellent opportunity to give it a try.

Perhaps it will even spur the Gazetteer to finish entering all of her books.

Note: This is not an official endorsement by the NMSOBC.

“Some Poor Bibliophile”: Free Sherlockian E-Books from Belanger!

All through the month of April, Belanger Books is offering free Sherlockian e-books each week to help those of us who need more reading material during the Covid-19 lockdown. This week, the books are The Papers of Solar Pons, by David Marcum (hmm, a pastiche of a pastiche), and Sherlock Holmes: Adventures Beyond the Canon, Vol. 1, a 29-story anthology edited by Marcum. For the next 48 hours, C. Edward Davis’s illustrated steampunk novella The Voyage of the Lunar Schooner is free as well. You can download this week’s books here. Check back with their blog each week for more free books!

We’d be remiss if we promoted the giveaway without mentioning Belanger’s current Kickstarter project, Sherlock Holmes and the Great Detectives, which has already reached nearly five times its original goal with 20 days to go. If you’re interested in stories about the Master teaming up with other great detectives from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, take a look.