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We've grown beyond my abilities to keep track. Plus I think it would be fun to organize the books more.

I'd love BTDT recommendations for not wildly expensive software to keep track of the books.

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http://www.librarything.com

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I'll second LibraryThing. Love it.

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In the library thing, the data is stored on their server rather than locally...is that right?

I've been burnt a time or two with on-line only services of various kinds....tell me there is a local storage option!
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I think you can downlaod your catalog after you have entered it....
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I love library thing too.

Although if you want it stored on your computor you can also make an excel or regular txt file.
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Library Thing here also!
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Okay. I'm sold. Off to register at Library Thing....
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Did y'all get the bar code scanner or enter the ispn's by hand....?

Ooo....and I figured out the cvs export option!
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I haven't bought the barcode scanner, I just ended up doing my library in stages and entered by titles. I buy most of my books from amazon so I just opened their webpage and looked at my account purchases as a reference.
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Did y'all get the bar code scanner or enter the ispn's by hand....?

Ooo....and I figured out the cvs export option!
I entered everything by hand. It didn't really take all that long. I did a shelf at a time. Took me a couple of days.
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I entered everything by hand. It didn't really take all that long. I did a shelf at a time. Took me a couple of days.
Yup me too, and I didn't do ISBNs I did it by title.
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Yup me too, and I didn't do ISBNs I did it by title.
I did ISBNs. It went pretty quick as long as I had a 10-key!!!
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For those who use library thing, why are you cataloging your books? Do you have an enormous amount that you simply forget what you have or is there another purpose for creating such a list?

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Um....for fun!?! OK- I love having them organized and it IS fun, but I also do it because I do have a lot and continue to acquire. I keep them tagged by reading level, as well as keep track who has had what as a RA and who has read what as a IR. Right now I only have our Fiction from the 1000 good book list entered in (and because of the blogger widget my blog shows what we are currently reading) but I plan on entering and TAGGING our teaching resources and non fiction library as well to help me remember what I have stuffed in the back of the shelf for Greek History even though that is some months away. Oh, and did I mention- it's fun? The OCD in me LOVES my cataloged library. It gives me warm fuzzy feelings.....
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For those who use library thing, why are you cataloging your books? Do you have an enormous amount that you simply forget what you have or is there another purpose for creating such a list?

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At recent count, I have around 900 books. I keep track of who has read what, who has borrowed what, things to be read, and in general, what I have!!

If we are studying Egypt I can click on the Egypt tag and have an instant list of what books I already have.

When DS reads a book I add a tag with his name to the book. Then I can get an instant list at the end of the year.

And you won't believe how many duplicate books I found after I cataloged them all!!!
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Oh, I also wanted to add that it makes it a ton easier for my friends to find out what I have and for me to find out what we have.
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At recent count, I have around 900 books...
WOW! That certainly is an enormous amount of books! I can certainly understand how cataloging them would make things a lot easier for you.

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At recent count, I have around 900 books.
That beats my 345 by far...once you add in our non-fiction which isn't cataloged yet I'd be close to 550 I bet. We use the library mostly for non fiction and teaching resources though. And with my book worm I try to keep our fiction selection expanding..,
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We have a crazy amount of books but that isn't why I started with LT. I love to read, I love to buy books, and there was a website that gave me an opportunity to put my books in order. More fun with books! :

I have barely touched the surface of the books that we own. I try to put in a few books here and there but I often forget and really, the books are everywhere. We have two huge bookcases and a recent addition of a small bookcase but still, there are books everywhere. We are in an apartment, otherwise I'd just install shelves. But I'm going to buy at least two more short bookcases for the kids (dh took over the one we were just gifted that I intended to put in the kids' room!) and another short one for my side of the bed. I think that will contain the collection we have now.

And yes, I love the tags. I love the fact that I can put in books that we've already read and how much we liked them so that when I'm looking for specific books to buy, I have a ready made list of loved books that we don't own. I love just about every single thing about LT. I got a lifetime membership (extremely cheap) and I just love it.

ETA: I also love that you can click on a book that you own and see other people who have that same book. Looking at their library gives you an idea of books for yourself. Great, great thing.

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we have lbrarything.com we love it!

we have around 1500 books... both DH and i have a small book ummmm fetish?

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