I asked on my Twitter account the other day whether people keep a digital catalog of their books, and if so what method/tool they use. LOTS of people said they use Goodreads – but that it’s pretty out of date.
I don’t keep a digital record of which books I own, but I’m thinking about starting. I have a LOT of books, but I’ve recently weeded out an SUV-load of them (and Half-Price Books paid me $185 for the load, so that should tell you how very many books I got rid of!) Now that the books in my house are all books I’ve made a conscious decision to keep, I feel kind of like I should have a digital catalog of them. I kind of started tracking on LibraryThing but I really don’t like the look and feel of their site. I also don’t love the “owned” box you can check on Goodreads.
What I decided to do is create a few “owned” shelves on Goodreads (since that’s the main place I track what I’m reading and have read, as well as posting reviews there) and keep track that way. I created 5 shelves:
I went through and added everything I’m currently reading to the appropriate tags (yes, I said EVERYTHING I’m currently reading, which right now is 8 books). I also added the books I brought to (and bought at) KissCon to be signed last weekend, as well as adding some of my more recent Amazon ebook purchases. I’m not sure how to go about tackling the several hundred physical books on my shelves in my home to add them to the list… I also have 1,083 ebooks tied to my Kindle account that really need to be weeded and then filed away in these Owned shelves as well, so I’ll need to figure out an approach to do that… At least I can weed as I add!
Do you keep a digital file or record of the books you own? What website or app or method do you use? Why do you keep a record (or why don’t you)? Let me know in the comments!