Library software lets you list and organize your book collection, from those huge, heavy hardback books to digital ebooks that take up virtually no space at all. You can even catalogue your audio books, if you choose the best library software. In fact, with the best software, you can:
Add books by simply typing in the title, author or ISBN number. The software searches online databases and adds tons of information for you. Go beyond titles and authors.
Add custom labels to your books, and sort them accordingly.
Add any number of images or comments to each book.
Add your ebooks and audio books right alongside traditional books.
Export from the library software to HTML for publishing online, text, XML, mobile devices and more.
Customize, customize, customize!
More, You Say?
If all that's not enough, you can go beyond all the great features of the software itself into all the different ways you can use it.
Do you have books scattered throughout your house, your car, your desks, your various bags, and in the case of audio or ebooks, your different mobile devices? Would you be able to find one in a moment's notice? Use the software to add labels so that you can find a specific book. Your library software should let you add an unlimited amount of customized labels.
Add labels for your favorite books, or valuable books that you want to remember not to lend out. Labels the books that were fair reads but not something you'd highly recommend to anyone, so when a friend comes scanning your bookshelves you don't have to remember, you can look it up. Label the books that you didn't like. Labels the ones you plan to donate to that library sale, and labels the ones that aren't in great shape and need to be replaced.
Why not create a label for books you've read but don't have, and sort by whether you want to purchase them or not? Add books that you want to buy and haven't read, and label them accordingly in your library software. Then export it to your mobile device, and make your next trip to the bookstore a breeze!
Best Library Software
Export your wish list to the Internet for those who might be shopping for your birthday or Christmas. You might as well get something you really want this year, after all, and most people are happy to have a hint about what you want. Most people won't buy a book for a book lover because they don't know if they have it or if it's something they'll read. You can end that uncertainty by exporting from your library software to HTML, and maybe find a new favorite book under the tree this year.
You can be a better friend with library software, too. When you finish a book you know a friend will love, label it, and you won't forget to recommend it later!
"Hello! I wouldn't know where to begin. AllMyBooks has gotten so much better... But in random order what I like best about the program:
The interface is excellent!
Updating book information through numerous sites (Amazon.com/Amazon.de/Google and so on) especially seeing as I have lots of old books without ISBN number
The fact you can add not only the cover of a book but also illustrations
The fact that you can add a Biography (with picture) of the author
The virtual shelf (my idea to have this added hope others enjoy it) And on and on. There is just too much to mention!!! Overall it helps me keep track of the books I have and the location they are in. I even uploaded all to my website so whenever I am in an antiquarian bookshop and want to buy a book from them, I can have a look to be sure I don't already have that particular book (I sometimes forget if I already have a book)!!!"