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1RGates
Fév 2, 2009, 4:44pm

I'm new to LibraryThing and have entered a few dozen physical books. But I also have read many ebooks from a variety of sites, including 82 books from Fictionwise alone.

However, when attempting to search for the books by the eISBN number on these, I get no hits. Any idea how I can point LibraryThing to a database of eISBN numbers?

Thanks,

Rick Gates
rick@rickgates.com

2An_Fear_Glas
Modifié : Fév 4, 2009, 4:40am

Unfortunately... no. I have encountered the same problem. The problem is a case of OPACs not being heavily laden with etext editions, and etexts themselves still being the oddities in a sea of dead tree guts. Thankfully, things like Amazon Kindle and Sony's ebook reader are changing that sort of thing.

Many of my etexts have been manually entered. However, I have found two approaches that make it simpler.

1.) Use the hardback or paperback isbn, search, add it to your library, and then just edit the ISBN and the publication info describing the editon. MUCH MUCH more quick to do than a manual entry after you get used to the process of doing it.

2.) For etext ISBNs, try the *big* aggregated catalogues first. Examples: Canadian National Catalogue, ILCSO, OhioLink, University California (encompasses *all* their campuses!!!) National libraries are usually better than smaller libraries.

I really really really wish that the LT team would try to draw data from ISBNdb.com. That site has almost every ebook edition I own. Just sayin', in case LT people look at this thread. =) ISBNdb.com allows free access to their database from a simple API. http://isbndb.com/data-intro.html

3egret17
Avr 20, 2009, 7:21pm

What the heck - I just posted it in New Features because it's been bugging me, too. :)

http://www.librarything.com/topic/62995

4infiniteletters
Avr 20, 2009, 7:40pm

Recommend Site Improvements is a better place to post than New Features.
http://www.librarything.com/groups/recommendsiteimprov