The Best 4 Apps to Keep Track of the Books You Own
If you love books, chances are you’ve got a pretty hefty library of them. And if you’re into physical books, they’re probably all proudly displayed in bookshelves at home, as they should be. When you’re at home, you can easily walk up to your books to see what you have and what you’re missing, but what about when you’re away from home?
Having a virtual library of the books you’ve read or purchased helps you keep track when you’re at the library or a bookstore looking for your next obsession. Check out the four best virtual bookshelf apps you can download now.
The Bookshelf app makes it incredibly easy to catalog all your books. If they’re newer books with barcodes, you can scan them into your virtual library and it’ll automatically input the relevant info, like the title, author, number of pages, publish year, and more.
There’s even a batch scanner that allows you to scan multiple books at once instead of one by one.
And if you have a lot of old or rare books in your collection that don’t have barcodes or don’t show up in Bookshelf’s app automatically, you can enter them manually.
For each book you upload, you can rate it and enter any notes you want to remember for the future, like what you liked about it and what you didn’t. If you lend out your book to a friend, you can keep track of it on the book’s entry as well.
You can add customized tags to the books you upload and also sort them in customized shelves, whichever works best for you.
You could have different shelves for genres, authors, book length, moods, or whatever else comes to mind. Or you can just upload all your books to one shelf and use the sort feature to sort your books by title, author, pages, rating, and more.
The app also allows you to explore current bestsellers to find your next read. If a book catches your eye, you can add it to your wishlist.
2. My Library
My Library is an Android app with a simple interface that makes it easy to add books by barcode or ISBN, or you can add a book manually if it’s not in My Library’s system. Then, you can put books you want to read in the future on a wishlist within the app. You can also keep track of comics and video games if you’re into those as well.
Although many of the books come with cover art already displayed as soon as they’re scanned, you can also upload a custom image for each book. You can also add any notes you had for that title for future reference or even add a short summary for the book.
Once everything is added, you can sort through your books to find things easily. You can sort by title, author, category, series, and more. Or you can just scroll through your long list of books and easily see the title, author, page number, and publish year.
Download: My Library for Android (Free)
With Libib, you can add different libraries for your favorite books, movies, video games, and music. You can add as many libraries as you need with customized titles, so you can sort out your favorites however you want. Then, you can choose to keep your library private or make it public and share it with the world.
With a free Libib account, you can add up to 5,000 items at once.
In Libib’s settings, you can change your libraries to sort by title, creator, or date added; this will change all of your current libraries. There’s no current way to sort individual libraries, but there is a built-in search function.
The app also works in tandem with Libib.com, which offers the same library management service the app does, just in a different format. On the site, you can tag, review, rate, and make notes on each of the titles in your libraries.
4. Handy Library
Handy Library allows you to add up to 100 book titles to the app by barcode, ISBN, or manual entry. If you have a lot of books to upload at once, you can make it easier on yourself with a batch upload.
Once you have books added, you can track when you lend books out to friends. You can also add books to your wishlist to make sure you don’t forget to read all the books you want to.
Handy Library also has a statistics section that gives you insightful information on your reading patterns and book ownership. It shows you the number of books you own, their total value based on estimates from Google and other sources, the most common genres you gravitate toward, and the read status of your library.
You can also view your purchase report over the last six months to see exactly how much you spent on new books.
If you have a small library of books under 100, Handy Library’s free version of the app is great. If you have more than that, you should consider investing in the premium version that costs you a one-time fee of $7.99. The premium version allows you to add an unlimited number of books and, let’s be real, a lot of book lovers are bound to own over 100 books.
Download: Handy Library for Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
Add More Books to Your Library
After you have all your books documented, all that’s left to do is add more books to your collection. Being able to add notes to each book entry will help you remember what you liked about each book you’ve read in the past, making it easier to choose future books.
And if you’re struggling to find a new book to get into, that’s nothing a book recommendation app or a stroll through the library or bookstore can’t fix. You’ll be enjoying your next read in no time and get to see your virtual library expand.
Find your next favorite book, series, or author with these recommendation apps for Android and iPhone.
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