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Mark Atwood

I thought of something like this over two years ago.

I told some people I knew who worked at Amazon that Amazon should do it. They agreed. It looks like Amazon didn't get around to it. Tough luck for them.

I suspect that LibraryThing is going to have $25 of my money very soon...


I bought the lifetime membership, and dumped my book catalog into it.
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mothball_07 From: mothball_07 Date: January 6th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok - I'm curious. I have many books. Books in every room, despite my best efforts to cull them regularly.

But I've never felt the slightest urge to organize them electronically. The home-remodeling books are usually *here*, and the childhood heirloom books *there* and... and if they aren't, a database isn't going to help me figure out which boneheaded location I left them in. I'm also generally pretty comfortable that I have a sense of the totallity of my collection. I know if something is in it or not, unless of course I've loaned it out and not gotten in back, in which case, again...

What is the appeal?
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mothball_07 From: mothball_07 Date: January 6th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just followed his update link and suddenly grokked.

Now *I* know where to go borrow cool books. :)
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 7th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Which means, of course, that now you need to start putting your own into the database.

There are some pretty good commercial and some pretty good open source personal library catalog programs, and they integrate with inexpensive barcode scanners.
mothball_07 From: mothball_07 Date: January 7th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)


I might be persuaded to do so when, say, I'm boxing or unboxing my books from a move, if I were able to borrow a scanner. Otherwise I can't imagine taking the time. (Though my son might enjoy doing so...)
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 7th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmmmm....

My mom would often use her kids for low grade decentralized tasks like that.

Get some free booktracking software and an old cuecat barcode scanner, and give him the task of scanning five books each day.

In a year, he'll have several thousand scanned.
max_kaneru From: max_kaneru Date: January 7th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh - this is fabulous. Incredible. Thanks.
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