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Keeping track of your burgeoning genealogy book collection (as well as your other books, movies and music) used to be a challenge, but now technology is making it easier. Several mobile apps help you set up a database that lets you organize, sort and search your book collection.
Unless otherwise noted, all the apps listed here let you automatically import a book’s title, author, publisher and other details by using either a barcode scanner (which requires using your mobile device’s camera to snap pictures of a book’s barcode) or by entering a book’s ISBN or UPC code. Even the paid apps usually have a free version, so you can try a couple to figure out which one you like best before adding your entire genealogy library.
||Features|| Tips for using
| BookBuddy Pro (iOS)
| supports large book collections (in the thousands)
add books by searching Google Books or with barcode scanner
organize by custom categories
search collection by keyword
import books from other apps (LibraryThing, GoodReads and more)
|First try the free version, called just BookBuddy; it has a 50-book limit.|
| GoodReads (iOS, Android)
||free|| organize your books into “shelves” of those you’ve already read, are now reading or want to read, as well as custom shelves
review and rate books, and see others’ ratings
interact with other readers and authors
|You must be a member of GoodReads, which has merged with the former Shelfari personal library app, to use this app.|
|iBookshelf (iOS)||$1.99|| supports large collections
search collection by keywords
set a loan status to remember who borrowed your book
|Try the “Lite” version before buying.|
| LibraryThing (iOS)
||free|| search your collection
upload book covers by taking a picture with iPhone camera
do minor editing of entries
interact with other readers
|This app is book-focused, but you can add DVDs and CDs, too. You must be a member of <www.librarything.com>, which is free for up to 200 books; subscriptions cost $10 annually or $25 for a lifetime.
|Shelves (Android)||free|| manages book and other collections (apparel, games, movies, music, software, etc.)
enter info manually, with the ISBN or by using a barcode scanner
import and export data from Google Books, Google Drive and other sources
tag and filter your collection
|This app recently became open-source, so future development is up to volunteers. It has ads, but you can download the Shelves UNLOCKER ($3.99) to remove them and unlock additional features.|