I learned of a new mac application today on another blog, and got to play with it a bit. It is basically a media library “organizer,” though I likely will just use it with books. It automatically pulled in all the music and movies from my iTunes library, so I do need to play with that a bit more.
The cool thing about books is that you can hold up the book’s UPC symbol to the mac’s built in iSight camera and it will attempt to scan it and pull in all the relevant info. (You can also use a bluetooth scanner…) I tried this out on about 30-40 books, and it was about 90% successful. The ones it failed on were Borders Classics books, and it appears that Delicious gets most of its data from Amazon, so that would make sense.
For books, it allows you to create “shelves” and drag and drop books from the library to the shelves. It also allows smart shelves, though I have yet to play with that.
I added a link to my “blogroll” but here is a direct link to my published library.
So far I like it, but there are a couple of key features missing.
The main feature I want is to be able to publish my “reading notes,” which I post on the blog, from the library manager. There is a place to add a “personal synopsis” and that would be ideal for keeping my notes. But I also want them published to the blog, and there is no way to do that. Since that is not possible today, I would at least like some way to tie the blog post to the book in my library. I am still working on that.
Also, when published to the web, if you click on the book cover, it only shows either my synopsis, if I have added one, or Amazon’s. But there is a bunch of other cool info in my manager that is not published, such as details about the book (size, pages, date published), quick info on reviews from amazon, etc. I am trying to figure out if I can have any other information that I can see linked to my public page. If I can’t, then just copying my notes from my blog into my synopsis may be the way to go, though I really want Amazon’s summary plus my notes available…
There are a bunch of other cool features, though I don’t know if I will use them all. But so far it seems like a handy tool and it is fun to “publish” my library and reading lists in a more visual way.
Let me know what you think. Is seeing a “virtual copy” of my library on the web cool to anyone else? 🙂