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10 October 2007 @ 12:27 pm
 
I called (well, emailed) sick into work again today =P

I had a quick question i wanted to ask jmpava, so while waiting for him to get online i took a look at the new MediaChest/LibraryThing component to Google Books that akiko posted about. I started putting books in by ISBN and after about two shelves of books i ended up with this: donaithnen's library (48)

However in the process i also found about 10 books that couldn't be added by ISBN. For two or three of them i managed to look up the books by normal searches, looked through the different versions and found one with a matching ISBN number which just wasn't being matched for some reason. For the rest they either didn't have the version i have, or they didn't even have the book at all!

Since i saved the list of the ones that couldn't be added so i can try again later i might as well throw it in here:

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S.M. Stirling
The Sky People
978-0-765-31488-8

The Sunrise Lands
978-0-451-46170-4

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Lois McMaster Bujold
The Curse of Chalion
0-380-97901-2

The Hallowed Hunt (Hardback)
0-06-057462-3

The Hallowed Hunt (Paperback)
978-0-06-057474-1
0-06-057474-7

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Martha Wells
The Gate of Gods
978-0-380-80800-7
0-380-80800-5

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Jane Lindskold
Wolf Captured
0-765-34823-3

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Patricia Briggs
Moon Called
0-441-01381-3

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James Alan Gardner
Commitment Hour
0-380-79827-1


The three or four of those i tried out on MediaChest all worked (LibraryThing didn't seem to have an ISBN search) and both MediaChest and LibraryThing seem to have better/more interesting interfaces at the moment. Clearly Google has some more work to do on this one (which isn't always the case for some of their "Beta" projects.)

So now i need to decide if i'm going to try and go back to sleep, or go out and get some lunch (and maybe buy some orange juice, though i don't know if that actually helps with coughy/congested stuff.)
 
 
Current Mood: guiltyguilty
 
 
 
Coraa: junipercoraa on October 10th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
LibraryThing does allow you to add by ISBN, I know -- Pav's done all our adding that way.
DonAithnendonaithnen on October 10th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hmm, i don't see it on their Search page. But when i look up the books via other means and check details it does seem to list the ISBNs for my versions, at least for the books i've checked so far.

It's interesting that they list the book in a singular manner and then group all the different ISBNs for the different versions of the book under that. I wonder what Google's reason for doing it the other way was?

Since i'm being a silly perfectionist and not adding books unless i can match the ISBN it's rather frustrating. If i were doing it on LibraryThing i'd have no problem adding the book qua book with the expectation that the right serial number would eventually be attached to it.
Pavajmpava on October 10th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Very very incomplete, but check it out: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/coraa
Coraacoraa on October 10th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
When you go to 'add books' in LibraryThing, you can just type the ISBN into the add box and it'll bring up the match, and then you click on the match to add the book -- that's how we've been doing it. You're right that the Search UI doesn't seem to allow you to do that, though, which is interesting.
Coraa: cookingcoraa on October 10th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Also, re: OJ -- any liquid is probably going to help, and OJ has some nutrients, too. It's probably not the Magical Wonder Fluid, but it's a good thing to drink if you're feeling off. :)
An anonymous kittysome_kitten on October 10th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
Aside from soothing a sore throat, OJ is generally a good idea when you're sick with ANYTHING because it boosts your immune system. Cough/congestion is a case where your body is fighting off germies and could use extra Vitamin C. Speaking of which, I think it's time for me to wander off and get more medicated/vitaminated on my own day home sick.
cwendy41cwendy41 on October 11th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
If you have a stomach flu, I think you're recommended not to drink orange juice or milk because the acidity upsets the stomach even more.