I recently ran across a book cataloging website called Libib (I know, weird name, right?) and decided to try it out. FOR FREE, you can catalog your entire library of physical books (or movies, music & video games), where it’s stored online in a database that can be sorted in various ways—alphabetically by title or author, for example—and added to at any time. And the best part is that there is a handy phone app (for iPhone and Android) that will scan the bar codes of your books and input all the book’s information into the Libib database!
Here’s how Libib works:
1. Download the Libib app onto your phone.
2. Take a book off your shelf and scan the bar code. Here’s an old book I didn’t even know I had!
3. Once the scanner picks up the bar code, the book is immediately added to your library. It even instantaneously shows up on your computer! Now that I’ve scanned The Time Machines, you can see the computer screen shot below, where the title is now part of my library! You can see it under the letter “T” where it belongs. You can also see the total number of books I’ve entered under the name of my library, “Tammy’s Physical Book Library.” Obviously, I still have lots of books to scan:-D (click on the image to make it larger).
4. Now, simply click on the title to see all the information about the book:
It automatically adds a cover photo of the book, date of publication, publisher, number of pages, the ISBN number(s) and a description of the book. You can also add your own information with the “tags” and “notes” features, review the book, add a rating and lots more!
I have noticed some limitations to this system, which is that sometimes the bar code just won’t scan. I do have some books with old ISBN numbers, and it won’t pick up all of those. Also, if you have a paperback version of a book that came out in hardback first, when you scan the paperback, it will upload the hardback cover art, not the paperback cover art. That isn’t ideal for me in terms of book collecting, but it still does the job and includes the book as part of your library.
The other thing it won’t do is indicate if a book is an advanced reader’s copy, because ARCs don’t have bar codes. However, to get around that, I can find the ISBN on the ARC and MANUALLY enter it, and the book will pop up in the system. You can then go to the “tags” tab and add an “ARC” tag, which is a great way to keep track of the ARCs I own.
This is a work in progress! Here are some of the piles of books in my house that I need to scan into my Libib library. In many cases, books are double-stacked on the shelves, so you can’t even see them all (and this isn’t even all my piles!):
Once you have your library scanned into the system, you can join a social network and publish your library online, so other Libib users can see what you have. I’m not sure I’ll do that, because really, does anyone care about my library but me? Probably not:-D
I can’t tell you how excited I am to have discovered Libib! It may take me some time to catalog my entire library, but it’s super fun to do, and very quick. I know you’re all dying to know how many books I own, so once my library is scanned, I’ll do a follow-up post.
Have you ever heard of Libib? Are you interested in cataloging your book library? Or do you have another system you use? I’d love to hear about it!