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SoSZ Member Libraries

Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:15 pm
by Jia Nanfeng
A thought came to me recently while discussing a book with Sun Fin: it would be very useful (and fun) for us SoSZ members to list the books and articles we own regarding Chinese studies!

Why is this useful?

Our hobby can be an expensive one, especially when it comes to academic textbooks or out-of-print books. These expenses are made all the more obvious when we buy an expensive book or article... only for it to contain very little information about the topic we're studying! Ouch!

By listing the resources we have on hand, other users who are interested in the book or article can verify its contents before committing to a purchase. If, for instance, someone is studying Cao Ren, and I have listed Bob's Chinese History Book as something I own, that member can ask me if the book contains any info on Cao Ren before buying it. Furthermore, is the info any good?

Or, sometimes we need just one snippet of information from a book or article but don't want to have to buy the entire thing for it. This is an especially painful position to be in when the book is impossible to find. (Avid Google Books users are familiar with this plight.) Here, a member who has it listed as a book they own could, time willing, re-type or paraphrase the bit of information.

Also it's just fun to show off your collection. :wink:

Important note: there are legal issues with sharing ebooks or articles, and the intent of this thread is not to encourage filesharing. Instead, it's one way we can help each other make good purchase decisions; and to make up for the lack of access to rare materials.

If you think this is a good idea and would like to show off your library, compile it in a post here, or type it up elsewhere (e.g. Google Docs), and I'll add a link to it in the list below!

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Member Libraries:

- Jia Nanfeng (opens in Google Sheets)
- Yours here!

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Looking to expand your library? Check out Sun Fin's guide to English language resources here!

Re: SoSZ Member Libraries

Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:06 am
by Jia Nanfeng
[Reserved post for the future that will make searching for resources easier.]

Re: SoSZ Member Libraries

Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:25 am
by Sun Fin
As Jia Nanfeng said this idea was borne out of a conversation we had about a book that Jia owns. I can't take credit, it was very much Jia's idea but I think it is a fantastic one and as soon as I get the time I will compile my own library document and post it up here! I hope others of you will do the same :D.

Re: SoSZ Member Libraries

Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:30 pm
by DaoLunOfShiji
I'll do this eventually as well, I've got a nice collection of sources at my fingertips. First, this old soul has to figure out how googledocs works... it took me months to figure out tumblr.

Re: SoSZ Member Libraries

Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:32 pm
by Sun Fin
DaoLunOfShiji wrote:I'll do this eventually as well, I've got a nice collection of sources at my fingertips. First, this old soul has to figure out how googledocs works... it took me months to figure out tumblr.


Hah, that's the reason for my tardiness as well! I still haven't worked out tumblr! :lol:

Re: SoSZ Member Libraries

Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:20 pm
by Jia Nanfeng
:lol:

Ya'll don't have to use Google if you don't want. I did because I am a nerd who enjoys making spreadsheets. Use whatever is most convenient for you!

You could post your collection here instead and I'll link directly to the post.

Or, if you want to use something like Dropbox or another cloud service, you could simply type it up in your preferred word processor and upload/share the file.

There's many options! :mrgreen: