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Monday, November 30, 2009

Tuesday Thinger: Are You Covered??

Welcome to another week of Tuesday Thingers! We always love to hear from regular participants as well as new people.

Ok... so I couldn't come up with a better title, but I found something "new-to-me" today as I was browsing the new links feature on LT. I clicked on Gone With The Wind, which happened to be a recently added book to my bookshelf. I then clicked the WorldCat link as I had no idea what WorldCat was... I LOVED what popped up! Lookey here:

Look at all the wonderful covers!! I tried to count them all (with a few minor interruptions)... and there are over 60 available from WorldCat.

Next little bit of information... the covers are clickable, and will take you to the site that has provided them... in this case WorldCat. WorldCat is really neat. Not only did it give me information on the particular book edition I clicked on, but it also gave me the availability at local libraries, prices at a few stores, additional details, and some reviews from the WorldCat site as well as Amazon. How neat!

And what exactly is WorldCat you ask? Very good question... I asked it myself and here is what I found:

What is WorldCat?
WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information.

WorldCat.org lets you:
-Search many libraries at once for an item and then locate it in a library nearby
-Find books, music, and videos to check out
-Find research articles and digital items (like audiobooks) that can be directly viewed or downloaded
-Link to "Ask a Librarian" and other services at your library
-Post your review of an item, or contribute factual information about it
-You may need to have an active offline membership with a WorldCat library to view/download content or check out materials through its Web site.

Questions: Have you had a chance to peak at the Quick Links section on the book page of your favorite book(s)? Were you surprised by any of the covers or lack thereof? Did you click on any of the covers to see where it would take you? Have you heard of WorldCat before?

My Answer: I was exploring this evening, getting ready for this post when I saw the word WorldCat and decided to see what would happen when I clicked on it... It was pretty neat!

I have to admit, that it seems to be a better feature for books that have been out for a while as you can see more covers available, but it was neat to see the additional information when I clicked on a cover.

Looking forward to reading everyone's answers!!

~ Wendi

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caite said...

yet again, something I had never checked out on my beloved LT. and a wee Bandit pic, of course. :-) Here is my post.

bermudaonion said...

I've never seen this feature, but I love it. I love to see the different covers they choose for books.

Lenore Appelhans said...

Mine's up!


Karla Cook @ Roads to Everywhere said...

Congratulations! You won my November giveaway of a box of a dozen books! Email me at karlacinid AT gmail DOT com and I'll get it mailed out to you! Enjoy!

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