About the SignIn and Login in OpenLibra
Why sign up?
OpenLibra is and always will be free; you do not need to create an account to use the content. However, registering has interesting advantages that are designed to enhance the experience for you, the users.
On this page we want to explain why there is a sign up system, how it works and why we use it. As always, for any question that may arise or any suggestion you want to contribute, we are at your disposal.
What are the advantages of creating an account?
In OpenLibra we understand that we can greatly improve your browsing experience by remembering your preferences, personal tastes and offering the best personalised content as you yourself have suggested us. To remember all those details, we need to somehow be able to identify you and is there where signing up comes to play.
Once you create a completely free account, you can start managing OpenLibra's content to your liking: you can create as many lists as you like with the content you find interesting, organise your own catalogue to keep handy the books you have liked, share those lists, mark books to review them later or, for example, review your history to retrieve something you read some time ago but you forgot the title.
Here you have a quick summary about what you can do as a registered user:
Create your own personal page on OpenLibra
You will have your own space where you and other users can view those collections or books you find interesting and you would like others to know.
You can customise this space by adding a header image, either by choosing one from the pre-selected list or by uploading one directly from your PC or device.
This feature is completely optional so if you prefer, you can adjust your privacy settings to stay in complete anonymity. That way, although you will have your own space, it will be completely private and no one can snoop your profile.
Create your own lists and collections
With this feature you can create and re-organise your own catalogue by selecting those books you like the most in OpenLibra and group them under some label.
This way, you can for example, create multiple list for grouping in each of them the books you have found in the general catalogue and that your are using to study the subjects you are studying at the university. You can also create themed collections to quickly locate your favourite books on mathematics, video games or any other subject and share them with your friends.
These collections can be either public or private depending on what you choose. When you make them public, other users will be able to visit and follow them, allowing them to always be abreast of new books that you add. This section is useful when you want to help other users to discover the best books about any subject or it can help teachers, tutors or mentors to create collections by which their students can keep up to date of new materials they recommend them.
If you create a private list, only you will have access to it and it will not appear on searches made by other users.
Manage your private collections
As a user, you have at your disposal some predefined lists that are completely personal and only you can see: your favourites, books marked for later review and your history.
In the Favourites section, you can add as many books as you wish and it is sort of a jumble where you can have quite handy those books you check often: a specific manual you use every day, a guide that you found in a magazine or even your own book published in OpenLibra on which you want to be abreast of their statistics.
In the Read Later section, you can add those books that may attract you by its title but you want to check them later.
In the History section, you will find all those books you have reviewed at some point and maybe caught your attention but you forgot to add to a list or take note of its title. This can be useful when conducting a research and compile later the used bibliography.
Connect and share
Registered users can, if they allowed that, communicate between them by messaging and follow each other to be connected and aware of their activity on the platform.
This type of social network is interesting, for example, to create study groups that connect together all its members, teachers and mentors. This way, a tutor can update their lists and at the same time keep students informed.
Save your preferences
If you use OpenLibra in a specific way, signing up can help you so we can remember those preferences: choose the application language, show or hide main menu options according to your tastes, help you in a personalised way with your searches, enable or disable keyboard shortcuts, etc...
Most of these options will be automatic and you will not notice them, so they will happen while you browse through the site without being bothered.
To sign up you can either create an account within the system using your e-mail address or you can use your personal Facebook or Twitter account.
Recover your password and your security
If you sign up using your e-mail address, we will ask you a password so that you identify yourself when logging in. We store that password completely encrypted in our databases, therefore if you lose it we cannot give it back to you.
If that happens, we will ask you to create a new password through a link sent to your e-mail address. That way, you will be able to log in into the system while maintaining all your preferences and content.
It is not recommended to use the same password for all your on-line services (Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, on-line stores, etc...), but if you do that and you decide to use your regular password in OpenLibra, you can be sure that we will store it encrypted and therefore no one could use it to try to access to your other services.
To make easier your access and work within OpenLibra, if you want, we keep your session open even if you turn off your PC or device. This allows you to quickly access your content without having to enter your user name and password again and again or log in through your favourite social network.
However, if you have logged in from a public place like your company PC, university or any public library we recommend you to log out before you leave by clicking on the button that you will find on the top bar on the right, inside the icon with your custom image (avatar).
In the same way, from time to time you will notice that your session has been closed automatically and you have to re-enter your user name and password. Do not worry; it is normal and it happens when your browser is updated or we make some change in the system (which is a very common thing since we are constantly improving and fixing the issues we found or you tell us).
Delete an account completely
Like on any web service, there may come a time where you want to completely delete your account: you might got bored of the platform, you finished a research you were running or you just want to disconnect from anything that smacks of technology.
Whichever it is the reason, from your user section you have at your disposal an option to completely delete your account and your content in OpenLibra. Keep in mind that this option is radical and irreversible: if you have direct followers or public lists that other users follow, they will disappear when you delete your account.
Another important matter to have in mind is that this deletion cannot be undone: If after some time (minutes, days or months) you regret this action, you will not be able to recover your lists and collections. Of course, you will be able to create a new account, but it will be empty, without the previous content that you might had.
If you have got any question or suggestion about what you just read, send us a message from the Contact page so we can help you and answer your questions.