Book Business Extra! Q&A -- The President of LibraryThing.com Talks About the Web Site’s Growth
Extra!: How do you see the new relationship with AbeBooks.com impacting the future of the site?
TS: They’re helping to make the site better. They bring resources--financial and non-financial--and a real sense of possibility and adventure. There’s also a lot of overlap between our bibliophile users. The site hasn’t and isn’t going to become a vehicle for pushing Abe to the exclusion of other booksellers, or libraries.
Extra!: With the new jolt of funds, are we going to see any changes to the overall look/design of LibraryThing.com in the coming months? I noticed the site is still in beta form. Will this be changing?
TS: I think you’ll see continuous, rapid development. Enhanced social features and other-media cataloging are among the first changes you’ll see. We haven’t decided about the look of the site. We want to keep it warm and quirky, staying away from looking either like a bookseller or a cookie-cutter “Web 2.0” site.
Beta puts the users on notice that the site is in continuous development. We don’t have releases. The site changes -- gets better, we hope -- under your very feet. Sometimes we’ll put something up and change it 10 times over the course of the week, as comments and suggestions bubble up from the discussion forum. We hope users catch the excitement, and since they really do guide development, take pride in the result.