Okay, this is such a book geek thing, but I know I'm not the only one around here, so I thought I'd share. I went searching for a program to help catalog my parents' vast library of books. We're talking thousands and thousands of volumes. It's out of hand. My mother literally has several copies of certain books because she forgets that she already owns them or because the publisher changes the cover design, so she thinks it a new book (I hate it when they do that!).
Anyway, I just found this program tonight and downloaded it: BookCAT
After several years of looking and even taking a stab at writing a program myself, I've never seen one this good! You can add books to your database by simply adding ISBN numbers into a list. With just that number you can download the rest of the information - the other programs I've seen make you do the data entry yourself. SO - I entered 40 books in about 10 minutes (about 5 of that was goofing off and learning the program). I have all the information about the book, including a picture of the cover of each specific edition.
The other thing that I really like is that you can customize the program to your needs. For instance, I changed a field to "location," because my mother has her bookcases numbered and the individual shelves lettered.
Is anyone else using a program to catalog their "library?" How do you like it? I'd like to get some opinions before I go ahead and pay for the program for her.
I don't own a share in the company or anything, I just had to share. BTW - it's free for 30 days, after which you have to pay. I'll probably buy a copy too, since I have a few (thousand) books myself