Friday, September 23, 2011

I have a large collection of books. How can I put them into a database,(like bookTome) w/o manual ISBN entries.?

A lot of my books are from Hungary, Spain, Italy, etc. About 20% is from Amazon, 20% from the US. bookTome is perfect, but I want to avoid manual data entry, even for the US books, which bT looks up based the ISBN number.
Oh, and of possible I want to keep the cost below $40 if I need an investment.

Answer on I have a large collection of books.How can I put them into a database,(like bookTome) w/o manual ISBN entries.?

If your books have a bar code with the ISBN (most books published in the last 15-20 years have this), and your database program accepts scanned input, then you can get a bar-code reader and simply scan your books in. I don't know anything about bookTome, but I know that LibraryThing does this, and they'll even sell you a cheap bar-code reader.

The better database programs (and again, I really only have experience with LibraryThing) will also let you search by author and/or title, so you don't have to sit there typing incomprehensible strings of numbers.