CNET Editors' review
Book Collector allows people to catalog their book collections and seek out specific titles using a variety of methods. While this program's appeal is limited, those who need such software will be impressed.
This program starts users off with a sample book collection, allowing them to experiment and get a feel before inputting their own books. The interface is plain but easy to follow. Building your collection is as simple as entering the ISBN number. From there a picture of the book cover appears along with a brief description and other publishing details. If your book was published before ISBNs were issued, there is an option to enter all the data manually.
Once a catalog is created, Book Collector functions much like the software at libraries or book stores. There are filters to sort entries, as well as a keyword search that scans the brief descriptions. In addition, there is a wealth of information you can input about the book, such as date purchased, purchase price, and more. Book Collector even offers people a way to track books that have been loaned out.
Anyone with more books than they know what to do with, or someone looking to organize their collection for selling or loaning, will find Book Collector indispensable. The trial is limited to 100 book entries. From its ease of adding book information to its customizable searches, this download is a book lover's dream.
Book Collector is a software product for organizing your personal collection of books or magazines. You can use it to create a file with detailed information about your book collection. This file can be browsed, sorted and searched in various ways. Book lists can be printed and exported.
What's new in this version: Version 9.1.1 has integrated support for our CLZ Barry wireless bar code scanner app.
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"If using DB is your worst complaint"
Version: Collectorz.com Book Collector 8.1.1
Interface is best of the free software trials. DB actually has many of the non-ISBN books. Connect is great feature. Find covers feature the best out there.
Creator and his team are very passionate about the software--support available in forum, blog, facebook, and twitter.
Ebooks and audible books--here is where a link or partnership with Amazon may be of value, as basically adding printed books and changing format. Difficulty is when many kindle books do not have "printed" versions. Also, audible breaks into 2-6 parts--books scan picks up each part. Would rather just one entry for whole book. Waiting to see how 9 addresses this.
I purchased full version and CLZ barry.
"Lack of real export in the base paid version."
Version: Collectorz.com Book Collector 8.0.1
This is not bad, but I would agree with some of the negative reports. No webcam support, I use a third party software to build a list of ISBNs. Then, it is painfully slow looking up. My iPad app Book Crawler is much better and much cheaper (I only wish it had a PC equivelant).
Import and most especially export is limited. I should be able to generate a comma delimitted list, but you cannot with their basic version, EVEN THOUGH YOU PAY FOR THAT version. I went through some convoluted printting to file to get access to my data and then removed the program from active use.
It used to be one of the only games in town that did what it did for a reasonable price, but there are better solutions out there that have more flexibility to access your own data.
1) If you want access to your data at a reasonable price, go elsewhere, or upgrade to their premium version which is overpriced.
2) Given all the portable devices out there that take ISBN pictures and webcams that auto focus, the lack of integration of these two in today's world is bad.
"Overall very nice, with a few quirks"
Version: Collectorz.com Book Collector 7.1.2
This will look up books based on ISBN and you can import a list of ISBNs, all very useful for me. It also has a scanner interface that I have not tested, as I am using a webcam to scan ISBNs to a file.
The look ups for a long list of ISBNs is PAINFULLY slow.
There are free alternatives out there. This was a Trial version, which I did convert to the real one.
no webcam ISBN scanning interface...seems like they could have this pretty easily.
Overall, not bad. I tried over 10 of these and this made the best cost-benefit ratio for me. I submitted a bug question and they responded within 24 hours.
"Stop buying duplicate books, find the ones you have!"
Version: Collectorz.com Book Collector 7.1.1
Enter books by title or bar code and you not only have a list of books but the cover art, summary, value, a place to put your own comments, etc. I bought an inexpensive scanner offered on the Collectorz website which speeds things up. It's great!
None I can think of.
"Nice, easy intuitive programm"
Version: Collectorz.com Book Collector 7.0.2
Connection with many National Libaries, LoC and Dewey Class.
All programms of Collectorz.com are stand-alone.
No interaction possible between the programms
Very good simple to use programm
"very poor customer service,"
Version: Collectorz.com Book Collector 6.5.2
Easy to add books
They make you pay to upgrade to continue using the program you already have. They let you buy it and then when they a new version out you are unable to use you version until you pay for the new version.
I will never use this program or one of it sister programs. I feel like they took my money when they are making me pay to update, which i was not told when I purchased this so when it stopped working they didn't know why and told me I needed to purchase the newer version.
"Used to be good, but not anymore"
Version: Collectorz.com Book Collector 6.5.1
Catalog your inventory of books
No Amazon lookups - you must input info if not found in their exclusive database. This info then updates their db. You work for them for free.
Nonexistant customer support. In their forums, they have ridicule support emails they've received.
Avoid this software.
"For a book junkie, this software is essential."
Version: Collectorz.com Book Collector 6.5.1
Using the book's bar code makes for speedy entry, good sorting options, copying to iPod or similar devices, this program seems to have it all.
Can't think of any.
"Terrible Customer Support"
Version: Collectorz.com Book Collector 6.2.1
This program is great in theory, but the company's customer support is worse than useless. I had difficulty syncing my iPhone with the program on my laptop. I tried to get help from customer support. Instead, I got ridicule and condescension.
Don't expect any meaningful help from customer support. You are on your own with any problems that occur with the program.
The program itself appears to be a good one, but does nothing special. Literally a half dozen other programs do the same thing. The customer support is downright horrible. I suggest that you look for one of the other programs.
"Best book collecting software on the market"
Version: Collectorz.com Book Collector 6.0.4
Easy to use, great data bank functions, scanner picture import
design somewhat out of date
Great for private book collectors
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