While some people might be more interested in collecting CDs and trinkets, others like to collect books. And you might be one of these people. However, a book collection can get out of hand fairly quickly, causing you to become confused as to what you own and what you still need to purchase. The task of organization becomes all the more difficult when you have multiple people with multiple needs in your household. But the entire home can organize their books with personal book catalog software. Here's what you need to know.
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Starting Off Right with Personal Book Catalog
The key to being organized is to gather all of your books in one area at first. Before you can add to a personal book catalog in an efficient manner, you can't be looking all over for the books you want to add. You don't want to be running from one place to the next trying to find the books you need. Take a day or so to get the books from under the bed, in your closet, from your car, and from your shelves in order to make things easier. Sure, the house might be messy for a while, but it's going to be well worth it in the end. Now is also the time to ask any friends or family members to give you back any books they borrowed to add to your catalog.
Making Organization Fun Again
By making an organization date, you can begin to get your book collection straightened up without a lot of stress. After all, if you're all frustrated and cluttered, you won't feel alone. Sit together and have one person typing in the book titles into the personal book catalog software. You might even want to have some fun beverages around and some snacks when you have large amount of books to organize. This process can take hours when you hundreds of books, but that doesn't mean this needs to be a hassle or that it needs to be anything more than another excuse to socialize.
Different Books, the Same Book Catalog
What's great about a personal book catalog is that just because all of the books might end up right back where they started - cars, friend's houses, etc. - you will at least know these books do exist. And with the software, you will even have a place where you can begin to keep track of where each of the books are. This way, the next time you actually need a certain book, you can start looking where it is, not just where you think it might be. This is going to save you time and money since you don't be rebuying that book you thought you lost.
With a personal book catalog system, you can begin to enjoy the books you have and the space they take up. Instead of looking at the piles of books you own and wondering what you have to read, you can look at the software and know the answer.
"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)!!!"
Martin Kapma from the Netherlands - Rating: 4.7 -
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