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Old 12-27-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Best book tracker?

Hello,

This is my first post here and I am sorry if it's in the wrong place. What I am trying to find out is what is the best way to keep track of my entire library. What I mean is I have a LOT of hard copy books and a ton of digital books. What is the best way to track and manage these books? I just got the nook hd and don't know where to start.
Any suggestions would be awesome!
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:52 PM   #2
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I'd suggest Calibre for the digital books. I've got somewhere around 2K books, and there's no way I could keep track of all of them without it. It lets you edit metadata, convert formats, manage sideloading, track series, track what you have and haven't read, and a million other things I probably haven't even thought about doing with it yet. It's pretty spectacular.

There's a forum for it here on the site that should be able to answer any questions you have about it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:16 PM   #3
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I will give that a shot! Thank you for the quick reply.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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You're welcome, and good luck.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:55 PM   #5
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In addition, if you are wanting to catalog your hard-copy books, something like Goodreads or Library Thing is good for that (and you can keep track of the digital ones also, but it's not a manager like Calibre is). I also have a free android app on my phone called Book Catalogue which lets me scan barcodes and load them into a database. Goodreads has an app for that also. Sadly, I haven't found anything like this for Nook yet but I've only just begun to use a Nook and plan to quickly switch it to android anyway.

edit - forgot - no cameras on Nooks, so the barcode reader wouldn't be useful anyway.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:49 PM   #6
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Calibre will allow you to enter in "empty" entries for your hardcopy books. Just fill in the metadata...
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Nice discusstion.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:57 PM   #8
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hey, look for a program called tabbles, it has been very useful to organize the collection
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:44 PM   #9
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My suggestion is to use Goodreads to keep track of your books. You can export to a CSV file and load that into a spreadsheet or database program. Goodreads is very good for doing what you want to do. You can even create shelves for the type of books you have be it eBooks, hardcover, paperback, etc.
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My suggestion is to use Goodreads to keep track of your books. You can export to a CSV file and load that into a spreadsheet or database program. Goodreads is very good for doing what you want to do. You can even create shelves for the type of books you have be it eBooks, hardcover, paperback, etc.
I have tried goodreads and wanted to know if there is a way to import my books from another source. Aside for scanning in all my books again if that can't be imported it seems like a good program for what I need. I am also using calibre for my digital books. Thanks again for the suggestions. I have over 1,500 books if you include my digital ones. It's becoming unmanageable,lol!
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I'm not Jon, but if you can get books from the other source in comma-separated CSV that's your best bet. If you have them in a spreadsheet, you should be able to export as CSV.
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I'm not Jon, but if you can get books from the other source in comma-separated CSV that's your best bet. If you have them in a spreadsheet, you should be able to export as CSV.
Goodreads does have an import. Just read up on importing before you try it.
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