Bloggeista Mini Challenge: Keeping track of your books with Libib & Delicious Library

Posted March 20, 2016 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Challenge / 13 Comments

Bloggiesta Mini Challenge


If you are anything like me, you are constantly trying to come up with ways to keep track of books you own.  I’ve found two options that I really like, and I hope one of them works for you as well.


Libib

Libib has both a free option and a paid option.  They also have a super nifty app with a barcode scanner.  You can see which books you have anytime, anywhere.

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Once you create your account, you can add up to 100 libraries! You can add your eBooks, audiobooks, and physical books, and separate each of them into their own libraries.  Have a list of ARCs you need to get through?  Create a library for that too! You can also choose to make your library public, or private.

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Now that you have your libraries set up, it’s time to add your books.  You can store up to 100,000 items in your libraries.  You can search for the books according to ISBN, or Keywords.  If the result doesn’t come up in the search, you can put the information manually.  Don’t want to use the search function to add to your library? You can also use the scanner feature in the app. Just make sure the barcode shows up in the white rectangular to pick up the book title.

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And this is how your library looks after you have added your books.

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You can go back and forth between your libraries by using the arrow by the library name at the top.

Delicious Library

Delicious Library 3 is a Mac only, and paid, app.  If you have a Mac, it’s totally worth it.  I think it is around $25.  But I love the way the library looks, and the graph details it can give.

After you’ve downloaded the app, and gotten your license key put in, you can get started.

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You can add your items from your computer with the webcam option.  Sorry for the horrible state I’m in the barcode scanner in the above picture.  When it sees the barcode, it will add the book to your library, and then show up in the recently added column.  You can also pair your phone via bluetooth, and scan books that way.

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After have books added your library, you can click on the book to get the synopsis, and you can mark whether it’s been read or not.

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You can change the color of your shelves and how they appear.  And they have a ton of nifty graphs and things in case you ever want to know how many books you’ve bought by a certain author, or which author’s books you own the most of.

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I hope one of these options work for you.  Do you have another way of keeping up with the books you own?  Let me know in the comments!


Katrina

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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

13 responses to “Bloggeista Mini Challenge: Keeping track of your books with Libib & Delicious Library

  1. These are both new to me. I think I’ve gotten lazy because so many new cataloging systems come and go (and come and go). I do like the sound of LIbib’s ability to have up to 100 libraries – I have movies I want to keep track of, and music too, so Im definitely looking into this 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I hadn’t heard of these, so good to know! I use LibraryThing, but it’s not as beautifully designed as these seem to be. It does have a barcode scanner on the app, but I’m usually adding books to my TBR list that I don’t have on hand, so I haven’t tried the scanner feature yet. I do have so I’ll look into the Delicious Library program. The advantage to that one might be that your collection is saved on your computer, not just online on a Web site that might go away down the line?
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  3. I’ve just started using Libib and I think it’s a great invention. Thank you for reminding me to update my library haha! I’m also glad you wrote a post about it because it’s fantastic and more people should use it. Great post! 🙂

  4. I use Delicious Library, have for years, and I love it. I first used it to keep track of movies and games because I was always lending them out. Then, I decided to add my books as well. I don’t let people borrow my books if they’re signed or special, but I like to keep track of them, lol. I’m glad you let people know about this awesome tool. I never thought to share it as a mini-challenge.
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    • It is soooo awesome. I love it. I’m going to start working on cataloging my dvds. I’ve bought multiples of them so many times. I never thought to keep track of ones I’ve let people borrow. I need to do that though.

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