In which I discover cataloging books is harder than it seems…
Let’s Discuss: How Do You Catalog Your Books?
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.
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!