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Jul 13 2007   1:09PM GMT

The Library Lookup Project: Use bookmarklets to reserve library books discovered on Amazon.com

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Merlin Mann, author of the brilliant organization and productivity blog 43 folders, recently resurfaced an “old” post from 2004.

It’s amazing how quickly Internet time moves!

Personally, I love when I unearth digital miscellania from my archives, though it’s rare to find an item as useful and interesting as Merlin’s resdiscovery.

Here’s what he found (again):

Jon Udell created the Library Lookup Project in 2002 to allow users to look up books in their local library’s online catalog systems using a Web browser bookmarklet.

I tried it, surfing Amazon’s recommended picks for me and tying it into the Boston Public Library. Success! Now, I just have to wait for Send to arrive sometime in 2013.

I’ve been doing this manually for some time, noting books there or on goodreads.com (a recent happy discovery, made through a high school friend), but this is huge improvement.

For those interested, Jon created a bookmarklet generator for the project, along with these tips for troubleshooting.

Happy summer reading!

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