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Old 02-25-2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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Tracking books read

What are the good apps/web apps for tracking your reading?

For the past few weeks, I've been using iReadItNow which has a really nice timeline of books I've read or been reading and good statistics/visualization. Too bad it doesn't have a web app version and I still couldn't find a way to export the data.

Is there anything else you would recommend?
I already use Calibre but only for cataloging.
In other words, I already have Calibre as "asset tracking" and would like to know of a good "reading behavior tracking" app apart from iReadItNow.
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:58 PM   #2
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I would just use Google Spreadsheet and keep a copy on your computer. No matter what apps are available, eventually support stops and you are left with exporting your list (if still available) into a spreadsheet. Might as well start with one. I use Google spreadsheets since they are free (web based) and I can keep a copy on my computer. Consider creating a 'personally read' library with Calibre. It doesn't take up all that much space to have a duplicate on your harddrive and you can add notes into it as well. You can add 'empty books' to account for your p-books as well.

While many of us use Goodreads, eventually, that will also die and your lists will be lost. You can use spreadsheets to track your behavior as well by creating a tags column. You can make pie charts then!
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:05 AM   #3
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Have a look on goodreads.com.
I guess it will be a solution for you to track your books. Besides, it would be good to follow your friends that what they're reading and what they have already.
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:33 PM   #4
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I use an Excel spreadsheet and create a different tab for each year. I also use good reads and for tracking my series books: fictfact.com. The reason I use an Excel spreadsheet is exactly the same as Tarana points out--I want to be able to access my booklists even if one of the sites I use stops working.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:06 PM   #5
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I use goodreads, and I regularly do an export so that my data can't be lost.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:24 PM   #6
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I use Goodreads and have it autopost to my blog as a backup.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:46 PM   #7
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I use Goodreads and once every month or so, I have it sync back to calibre to include read status, ratings, and my review. There is a calibre plugin to do this. I also enjoy Goodreads for seeing what friends are reading and I get pretty good recommendations based on other books I've liked.
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I use an Excel spreadsheet and create a different tab for each year.
Same, except mine is a Google docs spreadsheet that I started in 2005.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:22 AM   #9
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I added a custom column to Calibre for 'Read, Unread, and Want to read' and sync it to my goodreads shelves.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:05 PM   #10
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Thank you all for your responses.
Looks like I still need to hold on to the old reliable spreadsheet for a while.
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Why not use Calibre for that?

Create a new database/library. Add a new record. Put isbn:978xxxxxxxxxx and download the data. You can customize your metadata source. You can customize what gets downloaded. You can than rate the book. You can tag it. You can write your own private review.

Given there are no books, only metadata, the folder is going to be quite easy to back up and very small. And because it is a separate library, it won't mess with other things you already have.
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