Ardis’s recent post at T&S on home libraries, got me thinking about a new piece of software that I am testing out. I’m not sure why I like the idea of cataloging books so much, but I have to admit that the fun of doing it has made me consider ponying up the $40 or whatever to purchase the software once the free trial is over.
If you click the image, you can see one of the outputs of MediaMan, a PC knock-off of Delicious Library (available only for Mac). These programs will download product information from amazon, including cover art for all sorts of media. You can even use a web cam to image the bar code on the back of the book to get all the data, which I haven’t done, but sounds cool.
The image above is only my “Mormon Studies” titles, and doesn’t include theses, historical materials (like my copies of Journal of Discourses, old Church Handbooks, etc.), e-titles, or very rare items in my Mormon library. Why? Because I am too lazy to add all the information manually, which I guess is the downside of this thing. Still, I like it, because I am a dork.
I know several people that use Library Thing, but it doesn’t allow you to view items as a virtual shelf, which is half the fun. There are some practical benefits to these software organizers, however. You can note when you have lent books out. It catalogs book prices, if you are interested in having a list for insurance purposes.