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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good for a free product"

    December 19, 2004  |   By mfc2


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    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 is a good one. It has some nice organizational features that are not found in Bookpedia.

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