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Updates: New Toy- Libib

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I found a new bookish toy to play with! And by "toy" I mean cataloging system. (Wow, that sounded a lot less nerdy in my head.) The new toy is Libib.

Note: I have not been asked to nor am I being compensated for talking about Libib. I just found it, thought it was cool and wanted to share.
It has a lot of the same features as Goodreads and it's free, but it's specifically geared toward personal cataloging for books, DVD's and/or video games. You can make your lists public or private. I don't want a list of all the books I own on Goodreads, but I do want an electronic list of them. So I set up an account, installed the app (with its barcode scanner), and here's what I learned:

  • You have to watch what the scanner reads a book as, because occasionally (more often with paperbacks), it's not the right one.
  • The barcode on the inside cover of paperbacks gets a more accurate read than the one on the back cover.
  • You can't scan everything. I have a lot of used books. Some of them have markings or stickers over the barcode; some of them are old and don't have barcodes. You have to input these manually.
  • It's a time consuming process. I spent a good hour scanning in my collection last night and I still have a bookshelf and a half to go through.
Would I recommend using Libib? It has failings, but I'm pretty happy so far. I'll probably use it like Riffle- not as a GR replacement, but for one limited task. Here are a few of Libib's features, and then I promise I'll shut up and get back to important things like reading updates and law school applications and stuff...


You can group together books in a series and look it up by series name.
 
If there is no picture (or one you don't like), you can upload a picture from your computer.



Three viewing options.


Read:

I seem to be in an odd reading mood (I blame winter and school application stress), so this Middle Grade fairy tale-ish story was the perfect easy read. Not too deep, and lots of fun adventure. :)

Currently Reading:

The Middle Grade madness continues. I haven't made any progress on Illusionarium or Steelheart, but I'm enjoying Omega City.

That's it for this week's happenings! Thanks for stopping in and check back tomorrow for my mini-review of The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson! In which mechanics, magic and awesome trains collide. :)

15 comments :

  1. I take Libib only works on phones? I've been hearing about it lately; it looks awesome!

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    1. It has a website, which is where I did most of the "organizing," but yes, I believe you need a phone and the app in order to scan the barcodes. But I think you can import your collection from Goodreads (or with a .csv of ISBN's).

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    2. So you can manually import them via the website, but you have to type all the ISBNs in? I'm a weird enough person that I'll take the time to do that. ;) Maybe it'll give me an excuse to get a smartphone one day.

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    3. Or else borrow someone else's phone for a day and then just input new books obtained after that date manually. :)

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    4. On the website you can also search by title/author, you don't have to input the ISBNs...

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  2. So does Libib offer any features that Goodreads doesn't already have? Or what is it that makes you like it more than Goodreads for anything?

    Oo yey middle grade binge :D

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    1. I think the biggest difference is that its default setting is private. I don't think Goodreads lets you do that? I can't remember whether Goodreads lets you group books in a series, and Libib does tags instead of lists. Just like I only use Riffle for its list function, with Libib I just want a private electronic list of all my books so I can easily search and find them. Ratings, reviews, start/end dates, etc. I'll leave to Goodreads. :)

      Yay middle grade! :D

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  3. Sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out. Althought the thought of cataloging all my books is pretty daunting. But it would be handy to have so I know all of my books without being next to them. I'll admit I accidently bought a book I already had once, lol!

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    1. Yep, I've done the same thing. (I've already come across at least two doubles.) It is time consuming, but once it's done, you can always export the library to a .csv file (like you can on Goodreads) and import it elsewhere or just use it as an Excel spreadsheet. :)

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  4. I hadn't heard of Libib before and while it would be time consuming to get started, having that Excel spreadsheet would be fantastic!
    And hey I like the new digs! Maybe you did it yesterday? I didn't click through because reading about BEA just makes me SAD.

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    1. I figure any cataloging endeavor would be time consuming to start, but hopefully worth it. :)

      Thank you! I just changed the look this weekend. I understand not wanting to read the BEA stuff. :( Next year for sure, right? Though you may be interested to know my biggest fear is the clothes. ^^;

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  5. I've noticed that older barcodes (books pre-2005) don't actually match the ISBN, which is where all my bad scans were coming from.

    The thing I really like about libib though is the 1/2 star ratings. :)

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    1. The inside cover barcode seemed to work all right on my older books, but I have no idea how many were pre-2005. (I still have no idea how many books I have for that matter.) The half-star ratings are nice. :)

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  6. I just recently got Libib as well and quite enjoy it so far! I have only scanned about 20 books though, just to see if I like it ... I have yet to begin the daunting task of my actual bookshelves :/ I think that the manual input is kind of annoying but luckily it hasn't happened to me too many times yet!

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    1. Cool! The hard part for me is going to be figuring out which books I need to manually input. I wasn't keeping great track of that as I went through the shelves. ^^;

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