Monday, June 23, 2008

Organizing Your Personal Library With Bookhuddle Lists

Have you ever tried to remember what books you've read or want to read and forgotten most of them? Ever bought a book, brought it home excited to read it only to find that you'd already read it?

We can help. Bookhuddle is a book-focused social networking and book reference site created to help you discover, organize, and share books.

In this post we'll show you how to organize your personal library with Bookhuddle. We'll focus on a simple tool that helps you track your books and reading: lists.

A related tool is tagging, which will be covered in another blog post.

Book Lists

We want to make it easy for you to track the books that you...

  1. have read
  2. are reading
  3. want to read
  4. own
  5. consider your favorite
  6. want to categorize in any other way

When you sign up, five lists are created to help you start tracking your books as soon as you begin using Bookhuddle (corresponding to items 1-5 mentioned above). You can also create as many book lists as you want to help you better categorize your books.

Creating a list

To create a list, click on the drop-down arrow next to the "Lists" item in the top navigation and select the "Create a List" option. Enter a name and an optional description and click "submit". The list will be created and you will be taken to the detailed view of the list where you can start adding books.

Adding books to a list

It's easy to keep track of book using lists. For example, if you've read Tim Russert's Big Russ and Me: Father and Son--Lessons of Life and want to keep track of it, you can search for it and add it to your "Books I've read" list. It only takes four steps:

  1. Find the book (via searching, browsing, friend recommendation, etc.)
  2. Click "Add to list"
  3. Choose whether you want to add the book to an existing personal list, a new list, or a list in one of the groups you're involved in.
  4. Click the submit button. The book is now in your list!

You can add the same book to more than one list. For example, if you have read, own, and consider this book one of your favorites, you can add it to all three lists.

The detailed view of a list provides a very fast and convenient way of searching and adding books. Click on the "Add books" link, search for the books that interest you, and add them to your list.

For example, if you are a big Tom Clancy fan and want to add his books to the books you have read, simply access your "Books I've read" list, click on the "Add books" link and search for "Tom Clancy". You can select all the books returned in the search results and add them to the list.

Removing books from a list

To remove a book from a book list, go to the detailed view of the list and click on the "X" icon next to the book.

Accessing your lists

For your convenience, you can always see your lists in your Dashboard or on the Lists area of the site.

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