Book Collector Review

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Synopsis: Are you a bookworm? Do you own so many books that it's next to impossible to locate a favorite novel? Tired of all the clutter and wish you had an organized method to categorize your books? Introducing: Book Collector -- a library program that helps you catalog your book collection into a meaningful list of organized data! With Book Collector, you can: catalog books without typing, instantly sort your lists, view book cover thumbnails, search your book library, print book lists, export book lists to HTML (for the web), and track your book loans.

Book Collector: Screenshots

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Book Collector: Feature Details

  • Catalog your collection: Adding items to the library is quick and easy, just type the author and title or scan its barcode with your barcode scanner to search by ISBN. Book Collector will automatically download all data (author, title, publisher, genre, etc... including the cover image). The information is retrieved from various book database sites on the internet (like the Amazon, Powell's and Barnes & Nobles book catalogs, the Library of Congress book database and 12 other national library databases).
  • View and search the book library: Once you have added a number of books to the inventory, you can view it in the main screen. It is possible to show a simple list of all books, but you can also organize your home library by author, publisher or genre, etc.. using the automatic folder feature. All lists can be sorted instantly, just by clicking the column headers or by using the Sort Order screen. You can sort on any field, e.g. alphabetically on title or author, or sorted on release date or purchase date. Use the Quick Search feature to find all books that contain the word you type, or use the Advanced Filter command to search in specific fields, even multiple fields at once.
  • Print lists: Lists can be printed in any way you want. The Print feature lets you choose which books to print, which fields to show and in what order to list them. Printed lists are ideal for insurance purposes, or to take with you to the store. The Pro edition of the program also includes a number of templates for other nicely formatted print-outs. The flexible XML/XSL-based template system lets you create your own layouts too (requires XSL programming skills). Visit our Templates page to download templates created by other users.
  • Export your book catalog: Using the Export to HTML feature you can generate HTML pages of your inventory, for use on your homepage or website. You can create one index page listing all books (with one row per book), optionally linked to detail pages with one page per item. If you want to be able to use your book data in other programs, use the Export to XML or Export to Text functions. A special export feature is included to export your library for use in the ListPro software on your PDA (PocketPC or Palm).
  • Integrated Loan Manager: The built-in Loan Management system allows you to keep track of books you loan to friends, family, etc... Just log which ones you loaned and to whom and you will always know where your missing items are.

Book Collector: Compatibility

Book Collector is compatible with Windows 95, 98, NT4, ME, XP and 2000.

Book Collector: Download

Book Collector is free to try and $39.95 to buy (includes a full 30-day money back guarantee!).

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