Books for Mac

Books for Mac

Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 26 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.7
  • Total Downloads:
    3,563
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 02, 2004
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    10.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3
  • Platform:
    Mac
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3 stars

"Good freebie"

February 17, 2011  |  By v1m

 |  Version: Books 3.2.5c

Pros

Clean interface; good import and export capabilities; fast look-up; price

Cons

Slightly unstable with periodic crashes; poor cover look-up

Summary

This is a fine coding effort, now open source. It's far from perfect, but bear in mind there is nothing else free that can touch it on the Mac. The nearest competitor is $40.

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3 stars

"Nice interface but not always great at finding the book"

September 09, 2009  |  By c0mefr0maway

 |  Version: Books 3.2.5c

Pros

The interface is much like iTunes and that makes it accessible for most. I'm finding it useful to start tracking books I've read; that way when I'm uncertain as to whether I've actually read a book, I can consult Books.

Cons

The program doesn't deliver consistently and effectively with the Canadian versions of many books leaving me to spend time trying to find the book and the cover art.

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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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5 stars

"Ignore my last Review - My Mistake"

April 08, 2006  |  By Jason Owens

 |  Version: Books 3.0 alpha 10

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
It would seem I was mistaken in my last review so would like to extend my apologies to the developer. I have since downloaded the alpha10 version of Books and am very impressed. The user DOES have the ability to specify genres and to change the default pulldown genre list to a list specified by the user.

Clean, attractive and un-fussy interface, efficient importing and a good help file. I agree with other reviewers that the quality far exceeds most freeware.

A very good application which in other hands would be shareware.

Recommended!

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4 stars

"Good App"

March 08, 2006  |  By benson86

 |  Version: Books 3.0 alpha 8

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is a solid book cataloguing app which i have used for my extensive book collection. Great features include searching sites using any information, smart lists, and ability to add own fields. The main problem i had was being unable to save genre catagories which apparently has been updated in this version. This addition is what put it into the five star category A couple things i'd like added: the ability to change info in the list view, able to search multiple sites for matches if the first turns up nothing, and being able to put books into more than one list. But for a freeware program, nice work!

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3 stars

"OK...but One Major Flaw"

March 04, 2006  |  By Jason Owens

 |  Version: Books 3.0 alpha 8

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is a nice little app which I *would* choose to use without hesitation...BUT...you are unable to either amend the 'Genre' categories OR add your own. This is very limiting when it comes to sorting. Anyone with a sizeable book collection will no doubt have particular, often esoteric interests, and their library will reflect this - but 'Books 3.0a8' won't. For example, I have a large poetry collection but am unable to sub-categorise the corresponding entries,(i.e modern/french/irish/american), but have to lump them under the pre-defined, vague "Poetry" heading. A glaring omission which may not seem much but is certainly making this user look to other products (& it's one I don't mind paying for either, so shareware it is).

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4 stars

"Good for a free product"

December 19, 2004  |  By mfc2

 |  Version: Books 2.2.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Books is a great free program that will surely get better with time. If you are serious about managing a large collection of books, however, you should consider some of the better programs out there.

I compared Books, BookTracker, and Bookpedia. I had been using FileMaker Pro to track books, but automatically downloading information from a site like Amazon is a time saver. Although Books is nice because it is free, Bookpedia is the better product. I went ahead and paid the $18. Unlike Bookpedia, Books does not have the concept of categories, it makes you look up information by ISBN, and it was noticeably slower on a database of 700 books. Aside from being free, one way Books is better than Bookpedia is the automatic filling of the Genre category. In Bookpedia, you are likely to get a meaningless Genre, such as "Adult Non-Fiction." If you are going to spend money on one of these programs, Bookpedia beats out BookTracker because you are not restricted by ISBN when looking up book information. I was also unable to get my existing book library imported into BookTracker, which made it difficult to test the program.

I also reviewed book managers for Windows. Book Collector by Collectorz.com is a good one. It has some nice organizational features that are not found in Bookpedia.

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4 stars

"Wonderful Gift to the Software World!"

November 09, 2004  |  By Dan Locke

 |  Version: Books 2.3.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is a simple, comprehensive, inexpensive solution for keeping ones bookshelf under control.

Download it and use it!

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4 stars

"Fantasic app"

November 04, 2004  |  By mistertim

 |  Version: Books 2.2.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is the best software I've tried, on any platform, for managing my library of books, and I have thousands of them. The auto-fill works well, and the author has been responsive to requests for additional libraries, which has helped me immeasurably. And it's free, and always will be - what more could you ask for at that price!
Keep up the good work.

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5 stars

"best"

August 16, 2004  |  By Sorin Paliga

 |  Version: Books 2.0.9rc6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Best of its type, like BibDesk for biblio. I feel a burden to not have continued the Romanian localization, as I did prior to version 2.x.x, but I shall do it again, when with less problems.

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What's new in version 2.0.7

Some important notes: first, this is an English-only release. I have implemented some significant functionality that requires some more work to be done in terms of applying and synchronizing translations. Secondly, this is primarily a bug-fix release. I had some time to review many of the e-mails I received in May and I made the decision to release 2.0.7 without translations as there were some nasty bugs present that could cause someone to lose their collection data. Third, I haven't fixed the disappearing cover images bug that some have reported. I don't have enough information to replicate the problem and locate it. If you're having the problem with 2.0.6 and it persists in 2.0.7, please send me as much information as you can about what you were doing when the bug happened. Fourth, despite the lack of translations, this release fixes the date importing bug that some international users were experiencing.

In terms of new features, I've implemented all the stricken items located on my 2.0.7 to-do list. Other new features include more granular date customizations (Do you only want to keep the publication year and not the months, while keeping to the days in other date fields? You now can.) and an additional dialog on the batch importing function that gives you a list of ISBN numbers that failed to import.

General
Publisher Audacious Software
Publisher web site http://www.audacious-software.com
Release Date June 02, 2004
Date Added June 02, 2004
Version 2.0.7
Category
Category Home Software
Subcategory Hobby Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.3, Macintosh
Additional Requirements Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
Download Information
File Size 10.96MB
File Name Books_3.2.5c.tbz
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,563
Downloads Last Week 3
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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