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The Best Software To Manage My Personal Library


I love books. I have hundreds of books. I’m looking for a way to try and keep track of all of them. I can’t remember what I’ve read and what I haven’t read. And when I’m buying books, I can’t remember what I own and what I don’t. There’s a few books that I have 2 copies of. Maybe I thought I lost it or just forgot that I had it. I don’t really know.

So I’m thinking, if I could build a database of what books I have, it’d be much easier to know what I have and I’d quit wasting money on buying books I already own. I’ve thought about building a database in access, but surely there’s something better out there. I’ve done a bit of research but still can’t find the perfect one.

I need a program that is either web-based (yet to find one of those) or can be exported to a common format such as Excel.

Collectorz.com Book Collector is the best I’ve found so far. It links up with Amazon or the Library of Congress and pulls up all of the book’s information from the ISBN #.

Koha looks to be interesting as well. It is an open source project that can be used to manage huge public libraries with multiple branches. It may be a little overkill for the personal library

As I continue to research this I’m finding that there’s literally hundreds of options.

Shareware library management tools

Another list of library management options – Look towards the bottom

Anyone have any suggestions?

April 1, 2007   3 Comments

Parlate Italiano? Ask For A Raise! Open Mic

Open micDo you speak Italian? Ask for a raise! Or not? I speak a little Spanish and it made me wonder if there would be any significant impact in my earnings if I could improve my skill. I did a little research and found conflicting views. Salary.com says that it won’t make an impact unless it is part of your primary job while University of Florida holds a different opinion on bilingual earnings.

What do you think? Does it improve your earnings? Does it matter if you take Spanish courses or the less popular Italian courses?

February 7, 2007   No Comments