I have now catalogued upwards of 800 of my books. I am still on the easy half of the books, but even then default values creep in so that the categorisation amy not be accurate. I do not feel this matters as long as the correct book is listed. If it comes to an insurance claim that is what matters and anything else is icing on the cake.
Rufus Evison 4 years ago
When I moved to London last year I lost a large amount of books in the move. I do not know which ones. I am aware of the loss because when I go to read an old favourite it is missing, series of books have holes in the middle, and large areas of books I used to have are practically empty. I do not know how many books have gone. I keep revising my estimate upwards, so it is certainly in the hundreds, but may be in the thousands. Some of the books that are missing are actually worth something. Something needs to be done to make sure this does not happen again.
Cataloguing will not necessarily solve the problem but would make an insurance claim easier. It may also help me to re-buy the ones I want of those that are missing. If things go in the future it might mean it is easier to spot a gap in time to get the books back. Over all it seems a good idea.
I have somewhere between 2000 and 4000 books left at a very rough estimate. I have a barcode scanner and some book cataloguing software (www.collectorz.com). I have all my books arranged roughly by category (General fiction, science fiction, cartoons, biography, reference, foreign language,) and alphabetically by author within their categories. I started to catalogue books in the study in a frenzy of activity over Christmas after I was given the scanner.
Now I am back at work I do not really have time to do this, but it needs to be done. More than half my books do not scan in successfully, so there is going to be a large amount of manual work in cataloguing, which is why this is worth having as a 43t goal. Once I have a goal on here I work towards it without losing track, so here it is.
Rufus Evison4 years ago
well with more space in the closet, ive made subject categories. improvement! 5 years ago
i have so many lying around at home, stacked in the closet, under the bed, under my clothes, in everyone’s drawers, under the couch, in the living-room shelves, etc…. organizing them is like, so far fetched – theres not enough space! 6 years ago
Since I left home when I was 17, I have been buying books from bookshops, charity shops, junk shops and car boot sales. I have now got books everywhere, about 90% non-fiction. It is wonderful to see them around the house, but I really need to start cataloguing them so I can see what I’ve got in my collection. Don’t know how to start, as it’s painfully slow work keying in all the titles and authors into the PC. Must be a better and easier way of doing it! 6 years ago
i did this the old fashioned way..pen and paper! i was thinking at some point i would find a system or computer program or whatever that i could buy to add them into..but at least i have them grouped together..it is soooooo great to go now to the book shelf that has cook books or gardening books nad just go over the shelf and see them all organized it was beautiful..it also got me a step closer to having a truly organzied library looking wall of books..rather than books here and there and everywhere. it gives me great pleasure to go grab a book and put it right back where it was!!!!! a wonderful accomplishment if i do say so myself… 7 years ago
I was hoping to have them on my website as well, but I need to do a little bit more work on that yet because most of the time it doesn’t seem to work. However all my books are catalogued so this thing is done. 7 years ago
All my books are now catalogued on librarything.com and all them have been transferred into my own website at http://www.darktea.co.uk/books/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=27 where you can see 16 different sections. Its not neat yet so I’ve still got some work to do, but it feels that I’m getting closer.
The advantage of having it on my own site is that people can comment on the books I own and request to borrow them although I can’t see that being a high demand feature! 7 years ago
This was an interesting shelf because I had forgotten about most of the books. This activity may also help me with another to declutter because I think I’ll be happy to see some of these books go.
I think there are just three more shelves to go now. 7 years ago
Love the librarything. I’ve made a good headstart on cataloguing there. Lifetime account under the name “foxglove.” 7 years ago
and again I’ve discovered I can a shelf in 10 minutes using amazon and isbns. I think you can tell more about me by my non fiction books then my fiction books, they are mostly about the environment, management or writing. 7 years ago
just the non fiction to go now 7 years ago
I’ve only got a shelf left. I’ve discovered using amazon and isbn numbers I can do a shelf in under 10 minutes, much quicker than I thought it would be! 7 years ago
it is will now be easier to see how many I’ve got :o)
http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?tag=tbr&view=darktea 7 years ago
I added 49 books to librarything http://www.librarything.com/catalog/darktea
However it wasn’t that simple to upload them to my own website so I’ll have to investigate that in more detail once I’ve got all my books added. 7 years ago
librarything.com will read bookcrossing and amazon lists making it very easy to add 130 books. It is also possible to add books by searching amazon and pressing a button on your toolbar. I can then export all the books from librarything and import them to the software on my website. 7 years ago
I’ve gotten about 730 books cataloged so far. It’s going well, and the service (LibraryThing) is getting better all the time. 7 years ago
I found this site. Free for 200 books. It’s a start!
http://www.librarything.com/ 7 years ago