20. July 2012 08:14
A few years ago I bought a new house. It was very exciting. I was going to move to a new place and transfer all my things and rearrange them.
Everything happens for the first time…
Maybe I did not know or I was in a rush, but I put all my books, in big boxes and even forgot to add labels. I had about 90 computer related books, 50 fiction books and almost 200 miscellaneous magazines in my library at that moment.
It was a real nightmare to unpack and sort all of these books and magazines again.
I decided to try some book cataloging technique; I found a lot of tips on the Internet but almost of them were for real (and very big) libraries. Despite it I chose some suggestions, in general I wanted to know two simple things:
- How many books do I have;
- Find the desired book with ease.
I spent couple of hours searching for something useful, of course there were a lot of computer programs (free and paid versions) but almost every of them had some disadvantage and also I did not want an all-in-one book catalog software – I only wanted a simple list of my books with some useful features (like sorting, grouping and searching). So, I decided to create my own book catalog software. In a couple of days I created a simple application with the following features:
- Ability to add new book and enter the necessary information (ISBN, Author, Title, Publisher, Year, Format, etc.);
- Search in the book database by title, author and/or ISBN;
- Sometimes it’s useful to have a book list with full details on the paper, so I added printing features too.
As I mentioned earlier, there is a lot of third-party book catalog software on the market, but they are standalone applications, thus, we at Hometify decided to add an extension to our home inventory software in order to store and manage book specific information as a part of home items.
We believe that this will be a great addition to our home inventory software. Stay in touch.