From the Cataloguer's Desktop for Beginners, or, How This Thing Works.
First up, I haven't read these books. Not at the time of posting anyway ... I get to a few of them eventually, but there are only so many hours in a day and what I want to read FAR exceeds what I have time to read. There is no guarantee that the books listed here are good books. What you'll find here are books that I (or one of my co-workers) have catalogued ... books that I decided look intriguing, are on uncommon topics, that match up to interests of my friends (who are the reason this whole thing started in the first place), or that are just so weird that they deserve some PR for originality. They are also, as a rule, books that will not show up on a bestseller list or get major promotional space in a bookstore ... books that you might not ever know existed. Until you wandered in here, you poor thing ...
Note 1: The History From the Cataloguer's Desktop was born elsewhere ... I am in the process of moving past columns to this location so that they will all be publicly accessible.
Note 2: The Privacy Part of the reason From the Cataloguer's Desktop moved to its own home was friends expressing a wish to refer friends/acquaintances/coworkers/family to the book lists without exposing their own personal journals via my friends list. Therefore the Desktop friends list is masked so that everybody's privacy is assured ... you're only revealed if you comment (the readers here who know who I really am can comment on my own LJ; for everyone else, anonymous comments are enabled)
Note 3: Just in case printed books are not enough I'm sure there are more free ebook sites out there ... I'll add them as I locate them.