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Subject: Computer software to keep track of books you have?
Date Posted: 8/26/2009 10:05 AM ET
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Do any of you have a somputer software to keep track of your books or do you put all of them in PBS?

If so what do you use and where would I buy it.



Date Posted: 8/26/2009 10:08 AM ET
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There has been some discussion of this topic.  I'm not into that side of computer use, so I can't tell you which threads are appropriate...but someone here can.


Ms K. (MsK) -
Date Posted: 8/26/2009 11:00 AM ET
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I'm on librarything.com and I also keep track of my inventory using the collections feature.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 11:09 AM ET
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I use Book Collector and love it!


Date Posted: 8/26/2009 11:42 AM ET
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I use Delicious Library (Mac only). I love it. I can use my built in iSight camera to scan the barcodes into my library.


Date Posted: 8/26/2009 12:03 PM ET
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My unread books are (mostly) on my shelf at Goodreads, as well as on my TBR here.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 1:58 PM ET
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I use BookDB, its a free program that lets you enter all your books in and is pretty easy to use. http://www.spacejock.com/BookDB.html


Date Posted: 8/26/2009 3:57 PM ET
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Thank you all!

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 4:34 PM ET
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I just use an Excel spreadsheet.  I have the titles, author, series its in, ISBN, Genre, and binding listed on it and I use different colors for unpostables and keepers.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 5:54 PM ET
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As Ruth mentioned, there have been some other threads on this topic before and several stand-alone software programs were listed. I'll try to find my bookmarks to those threads and post again later.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 6:09 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/26/2009 6:23 PM ET
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I use Book Collector and I really like it.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 7:21 PM ET
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There is Book Collector and Readerware.  I use both because they have different features.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 8:08 PM ET
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I'm still in the Dark Ages - I use Lotus SmartSuite. Lotus123 spreadsheet to track how many books I read each year, broken down by month and genre/type. I have my reading list and my book collection on Lotus Approach.

I also use LibraryThing to have an off-site place for my information. When my computer died in August '08 I lost EVERYTHING I had so I'm not taking that chance again.


Date Posted: 8/26/2009 8:36 PM ET
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I like librarything. Since it's not limited to Amazon's database, as is the case here at PBS, I've been able to track all of my books - even my old mass market paperbacks that have been out of print for years and the hardbacks from the 1930s. I've posted almost 1,500 books there in the "My Library" collection using the Library of Congress database, and had to add just two of them manually.

A con: There's a one-time fee of $25.00 if you have more than 250 books to catalog.

A plus: They have monthly book giveaway drawings (they ask that you post a review after you've read it) and I've already one won.


Date Posted: 8/26/2009 8:58 PM ET
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I use GoodReads.com to track my TBR pile and keep up with my ratings of books. They also have contests for ARCs. I've won 2.

I have an Excel spreadsheet to keep up with the books I've read each year and pages and # of books by month.It's color-coded and has formulas to calculate the average number of pages. Ok, I admit. I'm a dork who loves Excel. I'm a CPA so I have a free pass to be a nerd who likes spreadsheets.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 10:58 PM ET
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I use goodreads.com . It's free and there are tons of giveaways, reviews, discussions, etc etc

I love that I can make my own shelves and have them listed as whatever I want.

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Date Posted: 8/27/2009 9:04 AM ET
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I use Library Thing, Good Reads, and a program called Book Bag for my Palm Pilot which is easy to access when I'm out and about. My libraries are never totally up to date at LT and GR though...in fact, I haven't been to GR in probably months.