New Delhi: No self-respecting book lover can ever have enough books. One trip to the local bookstore and chances are you’re going to come back with a bagful of books all of which will immediately go into the shelf-ful of unread ones. The months and years pass by and suddenly you have no idea how many books you have. Or indeed which ones they are. It is only when you find four unread copies of Catch 22 while shifting houses or changing rooms, that you realize the situation.
Now there are several commercial library management software applications out there. But why not use a little-known library function in Google Books for your databasing, sorting and sharing needs? With Google Books, you can bulk upload your list of books in the form of ISBN numbers and the website will automatically fill in all the details for you: Title, Cover image, year of publication and so on. You can then categorize your books, rate them and even little notes.
This not only helps sort your books, but you can also share all of them, or just sections, with RSS feeds. It is a great way to sjare lists with friends and know when someone has bought a book you might enjoy. See this week’s Playstream video for a quick demo.