If you got in on audio books when they were new, your audio book collection probably features a number of older novels on cassette tapes. Now DVDs are the standard for audio books, so you probably have several of those, as well as digital audio books on your computer or other devices. How do you keep track of them? Do you know automatically where to find which book? Book collection software can help you organize them, so you'll always be able to find information about the book you want. You can even set it up so that you can physically find the audio book you want on a shelf with a simple label.
The best book organizer software allows you to catalogue your ebook and audiobook collection right along with traditional books. You could choose different software that just lists books, or cheap or free software that will serve as an organizer for anything, but you'll miss out on tons of great features designed for the person who loves books.
With the right software, you can enter a book title, an author's name, even the ISBN number and the software searches online databases lightning fast to retrieve information about your book.
And that's the hardest part!
Once that's done, you can be done if you want, or you can customize the listing, add images, notes and even labels like 'Favorite' or 'Wouldn't read again' so you can sort your books later according to the categories YOU want, not the categories someone else thinks are important. Your audio book collection is just as easy to add, as are all your ebooks. Then you can sort your collection by type as well as the labels you've assigned: audio book, ebook, hardback, paperback, favorite novels, and whatever you want.
Sharing Your Audio Book Collection
Most people who love books will read one that they really enjoy and end up lending it to someone else to enjoy, too. With good software, you can tag the books you loan out, so that when you see that spot on your shelf and wonder where the book has gone, you can simply look in your software and see that it was loaned out a few months ago, and maybe it's time to get it back!
You can also share your collection in other ways when you have great software. You publish your book collection and your ebook and audiobook collection (because they'll all be together, unless you choose to keep them separate) on the Internet for others to see and compare with theirs. And a user forum for other fans of the book collection software is a great place to interact with people who might have great ideas about how to use the software.
You can even send a list of your books to your mobile device, so that next time you're in that bookstore you won't have to wrack your brain to remember if you already have that great novel in your audio book collection.
"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)!!!"