Books for Mac

Books for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 26 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.5a
  • Total Downloads:
    3,563
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 14, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    10.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Books is a free tool that can help you organize your book collection, acting as a sort of iTunes for physical books. This "virtual card catalog" lets you classify all the books you own using predefined fields (like title, author, publication date, etc.) or you can create your own. Books also lets you track and store summaries, cover images, personal reviews and ratings, notes on multiple copies of a single book, and more--and it even helps you track a book's lending history. "Smart Lists" (similar to iTunes' Smart Playlists) let you group books by any number of criteria (for example, by author, genre, or publication period).

By far the most time-saving feature in Books, though, is its ability to "quickfill" fields, using databases like Amazon's. That way, you can type in a book's ISBN, and Books will autofill much of the book's metadata and even pull in a cover image. Books also gives you export options in case you want to use your book list elsewhere, letting you export into HTML, PDF, onto your iPod, or even just as tab-delimited text, in case you want to drop it all into Excel or export to some other app.

In addition to being free, Books is also open source; if you're a developer, the sky is the limit for tweaking Books and creating localizations and custom plug-ins. The conscientious and responsive developer behind Books has moved onto other projects for now, but even in its current state, Books remains a solid option and a good value for users looking for this kind of app. Anyone experiencing stability issues should download the last stable release (3.2.4 for OS X 10.4+; 2.3.5 for OS X 10.3.9).

 
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1 stars

"Useless for readers who already have a book list"

July 28, 2009  |  By michael_shannon

 |  Version: Books 3.2.5a

Pros

This might be okay for people just starting to catalog books they've read.

Cons

Import function is hopeless. I tried to import my existing list of 313 from Excel -- using only four fields -- and it never imported more than three.

Summary

If you want to start from scratch, fine. Otherwise stay with your spreadsheet.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.2.5a
This beta release fixes a number of issues that have been reported to me since the last release. This is a beta release, so I'm not pushing it out on the appcast until I know that it's working fine for all of you brave enough to test it.
General
Publisher Audacious Software
Publisher web site http://www.audacious-software.com
Release Date April 14, 2009
Date Added April 14, 2009
Version 3.2.5a
Category
Category Home Software
Subcategory Hobby Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.96MB
File Name Books_3.2.5c.tbz
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,563
Downloads Last Week 3
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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