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Old 12-28-2007, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default Cataloguing stuff

My latest VersionTracker update had an intriguing entry called Bookpedia, so I had a look at it. It's an iTunes-style book cataloguing product that allows you to quickly search all Amazon sites, the Library of Congress, a few other book sites (including Angus & Robertson in Australia and abebooks) and library catalogues using the Z39.50 protocol. This last source can be useful for older books including those that don't have ISBNs. Most academic and National libraries are searchable via the Z39.50 protocol used by libraries.

It will read the barcode from your books using the iSight camera (sorry, it's Mac only) although there is a bit of a problem there at the moment as it doesn't work with the high res iSight cameras in the current MacBook Pros and iMacs. But they're working on that and the iSight still works with getting the cover art into the record.

There's a pleasantly personal web site with active support forums for the full range of -pedias, which include a DVDpedia and CDpedia. I would like to have them all in the one product, but I'm a librarian!

I downloaded and had a play with it, and it is certainly easy to use. You can create collections and smart collections and the genres seem to work across different suppliers, which is a plus.

More information from either the VersionTracker entry or the developer's site.

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