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Dear friends list,

Most of you are geeks. Most of you are also bibliophiles. Therefore, I figure someone must be able to help me out here.

I have decided that I wish to keep some sort of computerised record of books owned/read/etc. I know that I have seen and heard of various programs/websites that will let me do this, but I can't for the life of me remember what any of them are called, and even if I could, I wouldn't know which were good and which sucked.

Please advise.

Love,
rho.

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Library Thing. Probably the best one out there, least 'commercial' feeling, run by librarians if I recall correctly :P

Drawback is the need for a paid account past a certain number, but I've not found a better tool.

After 200 books, and $25 gets you life membership, which seems fair to me :)

Ah, for some reason I thought it was annual. Might get back to it when I next get paid then.

Was about to comment with librarything, but everybody already did, so. :)

I am dormouse on http://www.goodreads.com/ , mostly because cowsunafraid is on it, and I like her book reviews.
I have read many people approve of Librarything.

Delicious Library (wikipedia) is a Mac program that is freaking amazing for this. It is a) easily cracked and b) can use your webcam to scan ISBNs, then match those to Amazon or their database. It doesn't get everything (at least not in my collection, which has some unusual or non-ISBN'd books), but it's a hell of a lot quicker. It's also integrated into OS X's Address Book, so you can mark who's borrowing a given book at any time. Besides, you want an excuse to run an OS X virtual machine. ;)

I use a standalone database I made with Filemaker Pro (back when I was slightly less lazy) to keep track of books read.

Listal seemed to suck the least of the free cataloguing options I tried online, but looking at it now it appears to be being eaten by the social networking bug.

I'm going to throw my hat in for All Consuming actually, since my one objection to it was that there did not seem to be any way to delete something you added mistakenly, and they now appear to have fixed this.

The only thing I use on-line is the Facebook application that logs your read books and lets you review them...whatever it's called. So that probably doesn't help. But it is useful for letting my friends know what I'm reading and comparing suggested books.

We use Delicious Library and Goodreads in this household.

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