Monday, August 3, 2009

Use a LibraryThing Widget to Showcase Your Projects

Freelance editor Katharine O'Moore-Klopf generously shared a stroke of brilliance via Twitter today. She suggests using LibraryThing, an online book-cataloging service, to put a widget on your blog or website that features the covers of books you have edited. This is kind of an off-label use for the site, which was meant to catalog the books you've read, share them with others, and find new people who have "eerily similar" libraries. But how perfect for the publishing professional, whose accomplishments consist primarily of finished books.

As you'll notice, I put her advice to work immediately. To do the same, follow these steps:
  1. Go to LibraryThing and register (it's free).
  2. Search for books you've edited and add them to your list.
  3. Go to the widget-making page.
  4. Select your widget preferences.
  5. Copy the "Embed this widget" code.
  6. Paste it into your blog or website. (As Katharine tutored me, in Blogger you have to go to the Customize page, open one of your gadgets, and paste the HTML into the window.)

And there you have it: a rotating display of your bookly accomplishments. Thanks, Katharine!


Linda said...


Anonymous said...

Very cool, Lori! I'll have to add this to JIST's blog!

Laura Brasnan said...

It's Amazing !!!

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