Whew! Finally got my DSL hooked up so I can begin blogging again! Sorry for the long wait.
In addition to my wealth of Bible software, I also do own a nice sized print library, which while it has decreased after investing in Bible software, it still exists in my home. And trying to keep track of my printed library can be a hassle. I started off trying to create a hand written catalog of my books, which quickly became way too tiring. My pastor then showed me how to use Microsoft Works to create a searchable database of my resources, but I still felt limited to what I could do. I then tried Excel to create a spreadsheet of resources, export that as an HTML, & load it into WORDsearch in order to search my library that way. But it still had issues…
Finally I found a free application for my Mac that allowed me to easily & powerfully catalog all of my books. It’s called Books, & it works really well! The app has a clean, Mac-friendly interface, it’s Universal, & it runs beautifully on Leopard.
Cataloging books in Books is as easy as typing in the ISBN number (or scanning it with your barcode scanner or webcam) & hitting the enter key on your keyboard. Various quickfill sources allow you to insert data from places such as Amazon.com & the Library of Congress, so in a few easy clicks I was able to have all of my catalog data, covers, & even Library of Congress numbers added right into the catalog. I was quite amazed! For the books that didn’t automatically-insert information, it was very easy to add it into the database.