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Friday, November 5, 2010

Book Collector by

I was given the opportunity to review Book Collector from the larger company If you go to the website, try a free trial and see for yourself what you think of it. I was quite delighted by Book Collector. At first I wasn’t quite sure what it was, but when I downloaded Book Collector, I realized how cool it is. It cost $24.95 for a Standard edition and $49.95 for a Pro edition, we received the Pro edition for this review. You can also purchase a scanner to easily scan the ISBN numbers, which, I think, I will at some point purchase. One of the great features is that when you either manually enter the book titles, authors, ISBN numbers or scan it, it will show the cover of the book a description about the book, as well as, list your books as pictured below.


It was very easy to enter my books and it doesn’t take long to enter them. You can enter them one by one or multiple books at a time. I haven’t entered all my books yet, but I think that when I do it will be awesome to be able to print out the list or go to my file and see whether I have a particular book or not. For an added $9.99 you can get an app for an iTouch or an iPhone, I don’t personally have either of these, but you can look at your file on it also, which is especially handy when you are at a bookstore or wherever. It is a great benefit to those who have a large library of books or intend too:) Book Collector works with Windows or Mac. not only has the Book Collector, but also Music, Photo, Movie, Comic, Game, and MP3, though you do need to buy either the Standard or Pro edition for each of these. I also noticed that you can link any audio books or e-books that you may have. By linking them to your Book Collector you can listen to or read them right from Book Collector. I just linked a whole bunch of my e-books and it worked great…though I will admit it took me a few attempts to figure out how to open the link. There is a little symbol that looks similar to the this one with a little arrow that goes up the middle of the circleimage click it and it should open the file. 

Are you wondering what the difference between the Standard and the Pro edition is?

Book Collector Standard vs Pro feature comparison
Standard $29.95                                  Pro $49.95
They both have these features…
Catalog your book collection by typing ISBNs, author & title or by scanning ISBN barcodes.

Full access to the online book database for downloading book data and cover images.

Full support for CueCat, Opticon C37 and Opticon OPN-2001 barcode scanners.

Automatically catalog eBook and Audio Book files by scanning your hard-disk.

Add and Edit Books, then browse, sort and group your books in List or Image View.

Use the Quick Search box to find books in your database.

Print book lists, with any column selection or sort order.

Add multiple books in batch using the Queue Mode of the Add Books Automatically screen.

Modify your book entries in batch, using the Edit Multiple Books feature.

Only the Pro edition has these features…
Export data to the CLZ Books mobile apps (for iPhone).

Publish your data to your Book Collector Connect account.

Integrated Loan Manager: keep track of who borrowed your books.

Graphical Statistics of your data.

Filter screen : create advanced search filters, using AND, OR and brackets, and save them.

Save your own field sets for Columns and Sort Order.

Choose your own Folder fields for the folders in the tree panel.

Extra User Defined Fields, plus rename any other field to your own liking.

Print Customized Lists and Details Pages using XSL Templates.

Export book lists and detail pages in HTML format, for uploading to your own website.

Export book data to XML and Text (CSV) formats (for use in Excel and other software).

I would recommend this to anyone who has a larger than normal library of books. I often browse used bookstores or thrift stores for books, especially for my children to read now or in future years. I have on more occasions than I care to admit, wondered if we already had the book…so I love the idea that I could potentially print a list (or you could use the mobile app) to see whether I already have the book.

Disclaimer---I received this product for free from the vendor in exchange for my honest review.

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