Software for book collectors

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Postby Jacky Kahan » 05/10/08 03:48 PM


A few weeks ago I discovered this great software : Book Collector from Collectorz

I've been using it since and it's real cool. if you know the ISBN number it will look up for all the details available. IF no ISBN it links to different Libraries in the world....any sometimes it gets info too...
Very easy to manage, even makes interesting configurable statistics. really recommended !

From the Site:
Create a comprehensive book database

* List all book information: Genre, Subject, LoC & Dewey classification, etc..
* Include personal details like purchase date, store, location, read-it, etc..
* Catalog chapter lists, characters and book creator credits
* Link your book entries to e-book or audio-book files.

Then enjoy browsing your home library on your computer

* View your book database as a list or as gallery of cover images.
* Group books by author, publisher, genre or any other property.
* Find books quickly, either by title, author or anything you want.

Anyway, I would like to hear if some of you use software to manage your libraries ? if yes, which? any comments? advise?


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Postby Adrian Kuiper » 05/10/08 05:33 PM

I already use the Collectorz software for MP3's and for Videos.
It's awesome!!!

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Postby DrDanny » 05/10/08 07:58 PM

I've been using Readerware for awhile now. As a database programs go, it's pretty primitive, but it gets the job done, I suppose.
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Postby Frank Dudgeon » 05/10/08 08:36 PM

Would either Collectorz or Readerware work for periodical collections? Or any suggestions for other software?
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Postby Gordon Meyer » 05/11/08 07:05 AM

I've been using "Books" for a few years now. It's free, has the ISBN look-up described earlier (although most magic books don't have an ISBN), and easily exports to iPod and Web formats.
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Postby Marco Pusterla » 05/11/08 09:29 AM

I've been using for years BookCat: and I'm really pleased with it: it's good, powerful, has the ISBN search function and export to HTML/XML. It's also very customizable, allowing you to modify the database to store specific fields (I've added the fields to indicate if the book is signed and the copy number/print run).

Part of my library (generated with BookCat) is visible here: (click the categories on the "Magic Library" box on the left).

All the best,
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Postby naquada » 05/11/08 10:31 AM

I use delicious library which works well on the mac, does ISBN scanning and barcodes etc.. outputs to HTML etc as well...
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Postby DrDanny » 05/11/08 11:42 AM

Frank Dudgeon wrote:Would either Collectorz or Readerware work for periodical collections? Or any suggestions for other software?

Both those programs offer trial versions for download, so you should give them both a whirl. I keep periodicals in the same database as books, and Readerware does what I need it to.
I keep Antinomy as a single "periodical" entry, with individual issues listed in the free-form comments section. OTOH, I file Gibecire issues as individual books of type periodical. Neither scheme is perfect, either is adequate.
As someone noted above, since so few magic pubs have ISBNs or ISSNs, those features are not so useful.
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Postby Joe Pecore » 05/11/08 07:33 PM is a free online service (A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books).
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