I use allconsuming.net to keep track of which books I’m reading, which ones I’ve completed, which are my favourites, and so on.
When I start or finish a book I load up Firefox, select the Amazon search engine from the search box, type in the ISBN from the back of the book and then click my consume! bookmarklet, select a status, and hit “save” (adding some extra book metadata if I’m feeling particularly generous with my time) at which point the book is added to my list.
Anyone is then able to browse those books on http://allconsuming.net/weblog.cgi?url=http://www.philwilson.org/blog/ letting them see what I’m currently reading, what I’ve finished reading and what my favourite books are.
What, however, I had planned to do for this site, was to utilise the RSS feed for the books I’m currently reading (also available in a proprietary XML format either via REST or pre-generated XML file) and the PHP-based Magpie RSS Parser to display a list, but it turns out that not only does the ‘currently reading’ RSS file not provide links to images, All Consuming only provides RSS feeds for your “currently reading” and “favourite books” lists, not which ones you’ve completed, which you’ve bought, never finished, and so on so the best I would be able to come up with would be something like this.
So. Until I get around to either writing a stylesheet for converting All Consuming’s XML format (which includes a link to a picture of the cover from Amazon.com) into RSS (or I find one on the web) or something which parses it directly, you’ll have to make do with my page on All Consuming.
So Andrea, happy now? 🙂