The age of using spreadsheets to catalog your forever expanding book collection is long gone. These days you don’t even have to manually enter titles into a web-based program like LibraryThing or Goodreads. Mobile device applications have made scanning and sorting books a breeze, but which one is the best? I tested four of the top cataloging apps and will outline the pros and cons of each.
- Barcode scanner
- LibraryThing is accessible from web browser or app, giving the user more options.
- It seems the barcode scanner is the only option for adding books to the library, which means that if the scanner fails users cannot manually add titles.
- Users must also have a LibraryThing account, which means that there is a book limit without a paid membership.
- If an application is in any way connected to an online platform, the user should only have to log in for all data to automatically sync. LibraryThing requires users to export their online library as an .xls document and then import it to the app using Dropbox as a medium, which is a huge pain in the butt.
- Exporting books from the app to the online platform is equally tedious. After scanning a book’s barcode, the user must then export the ISBN number(s) to the online platform, presumably using Dropbox, though I never could figure it out.