Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

Cataloguing Software

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Cataloguing Software

Post by dansheffler » 13 Dec 2010, 11:53

Simple question: what do you guys use to catalogue and organize your scanned books?

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Re: Cataloguing Software

Post by rob » 13 Dec 2010, 14:36

My file system :(

I've tried using Stanza, but I couldn't really get into it. I'm waiting for Blio to come out for the Mac.

My must-haves are to sort by author, by title, and by keyword (e.g. subject and/or user-generated tags).
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Re: Cataloguing Software

Post by lexicographer » 13 Dec 2010, 15:02

similar here: filesystem with top-directories named after accession years, and sub-directories for every book with author, title, place and year of publ., plus long word-file ordered by author. Thus I can search for every information I have entered. Not especially satisfactory (files do get lost if I forget to enter them in the file), but I have never had the patience for a database.

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Re: Cataloguing Software

Post by zamacam » 13 Dec 2010, 18:28

On Mac, you can try Yep 2. I never tried it but a friend did it and now he always says it's a must have.

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Re: Cataloguing Software

Post by dansheffler » 13 Dec 2010, 20:37

I have been using Mendeley and it seems quite satisfactory. It will sync files along with their bibliographic information across computers and keep all the files named properly etc. A Word/Open Office plugin generates automatic bibliographies and footnotes. Very useful for grad-school.

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Re: Cataloguing Software

Post by strider1551 » 13 Dec 2010, 23:06

Filesystem. Top level directories are author "last name, first name" and files are named by title. I'm not entirely happy with the setup, but I haven't found a good application that does everything I want. Worst case scenario if I can't find the book I'm looking for, either break out Beagle (a desktop search engine that can even search through the ocr content) or good old find.

Recently I've been playing with Calibre, which is actually quite nice but a few little things stop me from being really enthusiastic about it.

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Re: Cataloguing Software

Post by StevePoling » 14 Dec 2010, 02:59

I rather like Calibre.


Re: Cataloguing Software

Post by DSpider » 17 Dec 2010, 08:57

A folder named "e-Books". :)

I was thinking maybe I can find something similar to the Stanza cover flow on the iPhone but for Linux. But meh, double clicking seems to work fine.

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Re: Cataloguing Software

Post by Lazy_Kent » 18 Dec 2010, 09:22

What about Tellico?
I don't use it myself, but it looks interesting.

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Re: Cataloguing Software

Post by spamsickle » 19 Dec 2010, 23:32

A couple of years ago, I bought Book Collector from collectorz.com. I think it's a good database for those who are looking for something like this, but I'll admit I don't currently use it myself. My hardcopy books are still uncatalogued. My eBooks are on stacks of CDs and DVDs, and I add a file to each CD or DVD as I burn it which has the complete list of titles of all the CDs and DVDs I've burned to that point, along with a 4-digit number telling which disc the title is on. If I ever get to the point where I have more than 10,000 discs, I'll know my habit is out of control.

Obviously, this system is not searchable by author, keyword, or genre, but even my old brain is usually able to recall the title of the book I'm seeking, and when I can't there's always the internet. Some day when I have more time than I can fill, maybe I'll try to get the books into my "real" database, with cover pictures and downloadable data. Right now, I can more easily find the ebook I'm seeking than the hard copy (and I know I wouldn't be updating the database when a hardcopy book moved from the shelf to the pile beside my bed, or the pile under the table, etc. which is kind of the reason I never got around to cataloging my books in the first place).

Numbered disks, and a flat file. Works for now.

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