Saturday, February 5, 2011

Offer on the table: a free lifetime membership to LibraryThing

Every year I participate in LibraryThing's SantaThing program: I pay in $25, I'm assigned a person to choose books for up to that amount, and LibraryThing does the ordering and the bookstore does the shipping.  I've been doing this for several years now, and everything's gone off without a hitch. This year, due to a combination of many factors, the books were quite late, and in some cases (including my own, as a "Santee"), books even failed to arrive.  As a result, LibraryThing awarded me (among other things) a lifetime membership to give away. 

Membership to LT is free for up to 200 books; to catalog more, you can get an annual membership to LT for $10, or lifetime membership for $25.  If you don't know about LibraryThing, it is likely the best book-based website on the internet, with over a million participants and millions of books catalogued. You can catalog your own books, look at other people's libraries (including those of many famous authors, present and past), participate in LT Early Reviewer program (free advance copies of books in exchange for a review); LT member book giveaways. There are a number of interesting discussions going on at any time, and the people who are in charge are the best.  I can't sing their praises loud enough.

If you are seriously interested in the free lifetime membership I'm offering, all you have to do is to be the first one to comment below and send me an email ... oakesn at gmail dot com. I know many people who write about books are already LT members, so if any of you are looking for a lifetime membership and didn't want to cough up the $25, this is ideal. It's also great for potential LT members, and it does not matter where you live.  There are multiple forums for non-English speakers, books are catalogued in a multitude of languages, so place is not an issue. And once you're in, the only money you'll pay out is optional:  buying something from the LT store, SantaThing, etc. When the LT people say free, they mean free.

Hopefully someone will take this membership so it doesn't go to waste. The LT powers that be are being quite generous here so I would hate for the opportunity to just go by. 


  1. I'm a member of Library Thing but don't have that many books on it as yet. I'm interested in the lifetime membership however, so I can use LibraryThing more often.

    My email is harvee44 at


  2. It's yours, and thanks! I'll email you here shortly.

  3. Great idea, Nancy. I received the same offer from LibraryThing and need to give it away too. The delay hasn't been good PR for Book Depository. I'm still waiting for my shipment, maybe March?

  4. Rob-- you need to email Jeremy at Librarything by Weds (02/09) by noon EST. Book Depository will resend the books we didn't get if you contact Jeremy and let him know you didn't get them. I sent a message today because my mail isn't delivered until after 2 pm daily.

  5. I would love a Lifetime membership to LibraryThing, is anyone else is giving one away.

  6. Sharon: I don't know of anyone else giving them away, but if I see any mention of it (in the forums, for example), I'll send you an email.


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