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Old 09-14-2021, 07:52 PM   #1
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Looking for a cataloging app. Anyone tried Libib?

I'm looking for an app where I can catalog/manage my library and my wish-to-read books. I currently have scattered records on Amazon, Kobo, Goodreads and Google Books, and would prefer a centralized solution.

I've found Libib (https://www.libib.com/), but has anyone tried other solutions?
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I'm looking for an app where I can catalog/manage my library and my wish-to-read books. I currently have scattered records on Amazon, Kobo, Goodreads and Google Books, and would prefer a centralized solution.

I've found Libib (https://www.libib.com/), but has anyone tried other solutions?
Haven't tried Calibre?
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Old 09-14-2021, 08:18 PM   #3
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Your best solution is Calibre.
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But isn't Calibre for local ebook collections? I'd also like to catalog books I want to purchase and read in the future.
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But isn't Calibre for local ebook collections? I'd also like to catalog books I want to purchase and read in the future.
You can do that creating empty books, I have a library which includes only the books that I know they are going to appear in the future and I search for them to check if they have appeared in the libraries I have the card.
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I've tried Libib (web UI only, not the app though) and still prefer LibraryThing, especially for ebooks.

Accounts are free with a limit on total number of items cataloged before they want you to upgrade, try it out for yourself.

You can also download your exported Good Reads file (a csv file) to import to other services/sites, but when I tried this on Libib my results were not good. I think I only got about 1/3 or maybe half imported. YMMV, this was a while ago, maybe it's improved.

LibraryThing technically has an app now, but I think it's quite limited in functionality compared to the web. I only use the app to check my collection, not to do entering or editing of data.
The web UI has power edit mode which I find useful, you can tag multiple selected entries this way.
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I've tried LibraryThing and it was awful. I found an error where when I went to put in a book, it came up with details for a different book. I reported this to the librarians and they never bothered to fix it.
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Have you checked out The Storygraph? Since you're considering online solutions, I'd strongly recommend giving it a try.
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I'm looking for an app where I can catalog/manage my library and my wish-to-read books. I currently have scattered records on Amazon, Kobo, Goodreads and Google Books, and would prefer a centralized solution.

I've found Libib (https://www.libib.com/), but has anyone tried other solutions?
Iíd like to bump this thread as Iím in a semi-similar position. Iíve been researching for days what would be the best book cataloguing system for home libraries but alas I find, while there are plenty of options available, most are lacking.

I tried Libib years ago when they had I think a 5000 limit on the free option, I believe this has now been reduced significantly, can anyone confirm whatís the max number of books you can add whilst remaining free?

When I tried it tonight it just didnít have enough categories to my liking. itís a very basic cataloguing system. The interface is nice and clean but I found the information you can edit to be lacking. There was no options for genre, location of the book itself eg is it in my home library or my office library or in my lounge room bookshelf, it didnít give me options for first time it was published, where it was purchased from and how much, which edition it is, is it part of a series etc. I obviously wouldnít need all these categories for every book I input but there are some that I would like to have some of these info.

Iím trialing the free Book Buddy but alas it has a 50 book limit which is nowhere near enough for most of us. Iím really enjoying using it thus far . The interface is clean and there are so many categories, half of which I donít know what it is, but I think itís better to have more than not enough information. I also like the notes section where I can add my annotated notes so I donít have to have another app for that too.

Iím also loving the book tracker app called Bookly or previously called Bookedout I believe and am seriously considering purchasing the yearly subscription. This app is slightly different as it keeps track of your reading stats eg. How many pages you read per minute/hour, you can set reading goals, it gives you an estimated time of when youíll complete the book based on your reading speed etc however when I read on the AppStore it states itís also somewhat of a book cataloguing app, or thatís how it is translating to me in their description but it looks significantly different to the apps we are discussing now, Libib, LibraryThing etc so for those familiar with Bookly, can it also be used as a library cataloguing app as Iíd rather purchase one aop rather than two.

If anyone else has any other recommends Iíd love to hear of it. Looking for the following features:-

- approximately 1000 min books
- location category
- ability to add seriesí together
- ability to import/export to Goodreads or csv/pdf file so Iíll always have a backup so if the app goes bust I donít lose all my data
- ISBN scanning input so I donít have to manually input the basics book data

Thanks in advance.
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