Once a person starts to enjoy the wonderful rush of books arriving in the mailbox, a library can grow very quickly. Cataloging your library adds to the fun, and is helpful when selecting books to trade. While I highly recommend LibraryThing, it might not be the right answer for you if you’d like to keep your library to yourself. In that case, software installed on your own computer is a better answer, and my choice has been Delicious Library 2 for Mac OS X.
(Okay, is this the part where I should try to convince my readers how much happier they would be with a Mac? Probably not.) For those who do have the pleasure of using a Mac, there is no better answer for maintaining your personal library.
Entering books is simple…all it needs is an ISBN number and an internet connection to retrieve all the relevant data about your book, including it’s current used value. If you have an iSight-equipped Mac (or other webcam), all you have to do is wave the cover in front of the lense, and the built-in barcode reader takes it from there.
If you choose to sell items on Amazon, they can be listed with 3 clicks from your Delicious Library screen. The software also exports beautiful websites in the event you do want to share your library from a website.
Currently available for $25 with a free trial, it’s a steal!