My husband often jokes, “You’ve heard of the Library of Congress? Well, let me show you the Library of Marcy!”
It’s true, I do have a lot of books. I’ve always been a lover of books and homeschooling feeds right into that. In fact, I have so many books that I sometimes buy the same book twice, or even three times, because I forget what I already have.
So, being the Library of Marcy, it would make sense to have some kind of cataloging system. Enter Collectorz Book Collector.
Collectorz is a exactly that, a book cataloging system. Actually, with Collectorz you can catalog much more than your books. This system makes it easy to keep track of your music, movies, comics, games, and photos. I have only tried the book collector, Book Collector Pro.
Collectorz is compatible with both Windows and Mac, or you can keep track of your books online. This software makes it simple to enter your books in 3 easy steps:
- Type or scan the book’s ISBN.
- Select your book from the Search Results
- Click Add to add the book to your database
Once the book is added, the Book Collector will then download all of the book information, including Title, Author, Publisher, Publication Date, Number of Pages, and the cover image, if available.
Once you have your books entered, you can then browse your collection, group them into folders by author, genre, or publisher, and even track books you have loaned out.
I have begun using the Book Collector just with our homeschool books. Although it does take some time to get the books entered at my house, I’m already in love with this system. I can see so many benefits to having our homeschool books cataloged. For example, while grabbing books off the shelf to enter into the system, I realized I have far too many books that I don’t even remember purchasing. Which tells me there is no way I would remember to look for them when studying a particular topic. As an added bonus, you can also add e-books to the database. That alone is worth the cost of the software for me.
I also love being able to track loaned books. Many times, I have loaned books, never to receive them back, and forgetting who I loaned them to. Now I know who to go find when I don’t get my books back!
One more fun thing is that with the Book Collector Pro (you would want this version for a large book collection such that most homeschoolers have), you can also download your booklists to your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android. How convenient to take a peak at what you already have when you are at the library looking for books or at the bookstore about to buy the same book….again!
The Standard Book Collector is $29.95 per year with the Book Collector Pro costing $49.95 per year. You can try Book Collector for free for 100 books, for 30 days.
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are those of myself and/or my son. Find out what the rest of The Crew had to say about Collectorz.