In honor of National Get Organized (GO) Month, the CT chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) led a children's book drive. The books collected were donated to Read to Grow, a CT based literacy group that benefits youth and families across the state. All in all, we collected over 1,500 books!
We're pictured here filling the book van. I'm the second one on the right crouching in the front row.
So, with books on the brain this month, I give you 5 apps with some highlighted features to help you manage your personal library:
1. The Bookcase
This is a versatile and intuitive app that allows you to track your reading habits and loans, create and share wish lists or collections, manage your book sales or even get notified when a loan is reaching overdue. You can quickly scan your library using the built-in barcode scanner, recommend a book, make bibliographies and even let The Bookcase make personalized recommendations for you.
Book Buddy is a free, functional and cleanly designed app. It's great for large book collections and can manage as many as 10,000+ tomes! It seamlessly syncs across all your devices using iCloud or DropBox. You can create your own categories for managing your books, create wish lists, and add personalized notes about any given book.
With this app, you can get personalized recommendations based on your tastes and preferences. You can see book reviews and updates from your friends and view literary events in the area. There are also options to join on-line book clubs and connect with other readers.
4. Book Catalogue
This is open source book cataloging application. Books can be added manually, by ISBN, or barcode. You can rank and add comments to your books which is helpful. With this app, you can walk into a bookstore and scan a book before you purchase it to make sure you don't already own it to avoid buying duplicates.
This app allows you to organize your books (plus movies, music, etc.) via tags. There's a built-in annotation feature - helpful to make notes about borrowing. It also includes tools for measuring how much you’ve read, as well as the options to review items in your library and to make those reviews public.
I hope this spurs you on to tackle your book and magazine collections. Do you have an app you'd add to the list?
Thank you to everyone who de-cluttered their bookshelves to support our Read To Grow Book Drive!
If you're interested in donating children's books to Read to Grow, click HERE for info.