Software for book collectors

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Jacky Kahan
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Software for book collectors

Postby Jacky Kahan » May 10th, 2008, 3:48 pm

Hello

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?

cheers

Jacky
www.magicbooks.be

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Re: Software for book collectors

Postby Adrian Kuiper » May 10th, 2008, 5:33 pm

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

Adrian

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Re: Software for book collectors

Postby DrDanny » May 10th, 2008, 7:58 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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Re: Software for book collectors

Postby Frank Dudgeon » May 10th, 2008, 8:36 pm

Would either Collectorz or Readerware work for periodical collections? Or any suggestions for other software?

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Re: Software for book collectors

Postby Gordon Meyer » May 11th, 2008, 7:05 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.

http://books.aetherial.net/

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Re: Software for book collectors

Postby Marco Pusterla » May 11th, 2008, 9:29 am

I've been using for years BookCat: http://www.fnprg.com 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: http://www.mpmagic.co.uk/library/marco_ ... brary.html.

All the best,
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Re: Software for book collectors

Postby naquada » May 11th, 2008, 10:31 am

I use delicious library http://www.delicious-monster.com/ which works well on the mac, does ISBN scanning and barcodes etc.. outputs to HTML etc as well...
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Re: Software for book collectors

Postby DrDanny » May 11th, 2008, 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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Re: Software for book collectors

Postby Joe Pecore » May 11th, 2008, 7:33 pm

http://www.librarything.com is a free online service (A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books).
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