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December 6th, 2008
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AKICILJ: Book cataloging

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From:spiritdance
Date:December 6th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Readerware. Has the bonus of being able to handle audio and video cataloging, as well (same engine, separately run programs). They also have a nice listing of barcode scanners of various prices on their webpage.

We've been using it for several (9 or so?) years, and I'm pretty happy with it. Biggest issue has been books that don't have an ISBN (say, printed in the early 60's and before). You can enter those by hand, but it takes a bit more work.

Any barcode scanner that is not a "contact" scanner should be up to the job. It's really nice to have a scanner that you can carry to the books, instead of having to bring the books to the scanner (ie, look for a "non-tethered") scanner. Downside is that the ones you can carry about cost more :-(

For the record, I'm using an old CCD type scanner that connects using a keyboard wedge (you plug it into the PS2 port, and connect the keyboard to it). And at last look, our cataloged library numbered over 3500 books (and my count is way off now, because I haven't been keeping up with scanning incoming books for the last year or so - too many other things to be done!)
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From:msminlr
Date:December 7th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
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Exactly what I was going to say.
My copy cost around $75 (maybe a bit more) 3 years back.

They *used* to come with a "Cue cat" tethered scanner, but that was a "while supplies last" deal and I have no idea whether they still have any.

Some books without an ISBN number have a Library of Congress Catalog number; you can type that in and get the automatic entry.

OTOH, a good many pre-1970's science fiction paperbacks (especially anthologies), and ALL SF Book Club volumes, do not have either ISBN numbers OR LC numbers.
My strategy there is to stack up a bunch by the same writer, enter all the basic data that I truly want (nowhere near as much as the system yields using the autocataloging function) and then just change the title after each "save entry" click.
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