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Subject: ISBN for personal use
Date Posted: 10/20/2007 9:19 PM ET
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Does anyone have any ideas on how to use this ISBN info on the site to make a personal catalog of all of the books you own?

I mean, these are books that I am not posting to swap. I want to be able to sit down and type in the ISBNs of all my KEEPERS and make an inventory of all my books.

Is there some way to "harness" the power of the ISBN info for our personal bookshelf?

Thanks so much,


Date Posted: 10/20/2007 9:26 PM ET
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I'm very new here and I'm sure others will have better ideas....but....I've been listing my books on my to-be-read list.  It's easy to do by ISBN and I'm hoping it will help me keep from ordering a book I already have (which I just did...).


Date Posted: 10/20/2007 9:43 PM ET
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or try librarything.com

very easy to use and free if you have less than 200 to catalog.

Linda S. (thk) - ,
Date Posted: 10/20/2007 10:38 PM ET
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You could use TBR, BIR, or the Book Journal.  So far, I have mostly used the TBR, and just entered my recent acquisitions.  Have not unpackad all my others to enter them.

TBR has an ability to add your personal notes about a book (the little diamond symbol).  You could use it to mark KEEPER, or other notes. 

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Date Posted: 10/20/2007 11:54 PM ET
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Log them into the Books I've read pile then download it onto your computer and update periodically.  It'll even tell you if a book you've read is on someone's WL. Then if you decide to clean some out you have some ideas of ones that my earn you some credits right away.

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 12:03 AM ET
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www.goodreads.com is also a good site to keep track of books you've read or own. you can create your own folders and you can create one that says books you own

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 1:02 AM ET
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I use bookcrossing.com - they have several codes that help me know what I've read and if I already have a book - TBR is obvious as is traveling TVL (for ones I've read and sent on). PC for permanent collection, RES for reserved (like I'm holding it for a friend or something).

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 8:14 AM ET
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Bookjournal here is only $8.00 per year and works perfectly for what you're trying to do  :  )

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 8:16 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/21/2007 8:51 AM ET
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Is there a limit to the amount of books you can put on your TBR? Or on your BIR? I know that for the WL you can only have 200. I'm afraid I'm over that if I start listing my TBR books that I have gotten outside of PBS.

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 8:52 AM ET
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To the best of my knowledge, there's no limit to TBR or BIR.  Both of mine are pretty big, waaaaaaaay over 200  :  )

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 8:56 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/21/2007 10:04 AM ET
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Book journal is perfect for what you're looking for. You can even categorize your books as to where they're stored/house/shelved/whatever :)