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Let’s Discuss: How Do You Catalog Your Books?

In which I discover cataloging books is harder than it seems…

Let’s Discuss: How Do You Catalog Your Books?

do you catalog your books library

This post was originally supposed to be a Bookish Download feature about the best apps for cataloging books.

About 10 minutes into researching available apps, I discovered the following problems:

1. There are only a few apps and software that are free. I’m one of THOSE people who refuse to pay for apps. I have an iPhone now but for years I had Android phones, which taught me I just didn’t need to shell out money for great apps.

2. The remaining free apps are clunky and confusing (Libib) or so ugly and 90s-looking I’m afraid to use them.

So all this has lead me here to ask two questions.

The first is: Do you care about cataloging your library? What I mean by this is – do you want a digital record of the books currently in your library or of all the books you’ve ever read?

Because I’ve been on Goodreads since 2011, I haven’t had to think about this for awhile. I would normally think: “I don’t NEED to know every book I’ve ever read.” However, if I didn’t keep track of what books I was reading or wanted to read, I would be in trouble now.

My second question is: If you do catalog your books, what sites/app/services do you use?

I only use Goodreads at this point and am now discouraged by the other options out there.

I’d love to hear your experience and what you think about this whole process – especially if you’re a big e-book reader like I am!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Ginny

    I don’t know, Libib doesn’t feel clunky to me at all.
    Two steps:
    1. Add library
    2. Scan items into library

    Feels (and looks) a lot better than Goodreads that’s for sure!

    • Maybe I did something wrong…? I loaded Libib on my phone, and on the scan page it was just blank. Weird!

      • Ginny

        I think you have to add a library before you can scan anything. Otherwise if you just go to scan an item, there’s no library to add it to.

  • 1. Yes, I’m OCD about cataloging my books. Books I owe, books I’ve read, books I plan to read. Catalog it all!!

    2. I use Goodreads. I’ve tried other sites and none are as good as GR.

  • Katy

    I’m not a fan of Libib either, it just seems awkward to use to me! Goodreads always works well enough, but maybe I’ve just gotten used to its format! Definitely agree it’s good to keep track of everything, especially because I keep books in different places so I can keep track of what’s where so I don’t buy things twice.