Showing posts with label Organization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Organization. Show all posts

Friday, November 5, 2010

TOS Crew Review: Collectorz (Book Collector)

Do you have more books than your local library? Or all the libraries in your county combined?  I do believe that one "illness" many homeschoolers develop, [either out of necessity or just the plain love of the printed word] is the book-bingies. Yes, that lovely, yet overstuffed shelves disease, that plagues many of us.  And how many of these afflicted individuals truly know their actual book count, let alone the titles of them?  And how many long for the ability to pull up that data at the drop of a hat [like when it is a  "need to know now" emergency]; so as to not to plop down more cash on a load of books they already own?

Amazingly, there is a company that provides a nifty product, that can do that and more!  You purchase your desired plan (or edition), log in, scan (or type manually) the bar codes from your book collection, choose a cover picture, file according to your personal organizing needs, mark loaned books, rate the books and so on and so forth!  Quite easy to do, with extremely wonderful results.  No more "me thinks me has that" moments regarding what you own.

Collectorz is a database software which allows for you to play "librarian" so you can track your books.  You can also check your list away from home on your iPhone/iPod touch (if you own one, $9.99 app. fee) so that you won't accidentally purchase books you already own, or pass up one you really needed.  You can see if you have a particular one to loan, or just scroll thru and drool over your vast array to feed your book-bingies itch.   They also offer programs to track your movies, games, music, MP3, photo and comic collections.  The only improvement I think they could add there, would be an edition to track a person's array of Pez dispensers, or a kid's explosion of Matchbox cars; but outside of that I think they have you pretty well covered.

I was totally geeked when I saw that I would be receiving this baby to review.  I quickly decided after punching in a few books manually, that I needed to get myself one of those CueCats [not too spency] to scan the bar codes, to save much precious time when logging in my huge collection.  I highly recommend that extra to anyone with more than a few books, because it is easy to use (be sure it is set to USB ports so you can click it in and go) and will make your log time minimal.  Due to some unfortunate and rather untimely death of my computer-I haven't had much time to play with this.  I was only able to log about a snippet's worth of my books, but from what I did experience, it was pretty nice.  I liked being able to choose a cover icon to have in the data section (since I am a visual person and that just makes it easily identifiable for me), rate my stuff with stars, organize it according to genres, subject, etc.-and best yet, I have an easy way to see what I own.  That is huge for me.  Once I re-establish the system on a new computer, I can get back to business and be all organized like. My CueCat anxiously awaits the day we get going on this project again, and so do I!

Collectorz is the way to go if you have such needs; and with a free trial (up to 100 books), there is no reason not to take a dip into the organized pool of coolness.

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Collectorz Homepage

Standard Edition:  $24.95,  Pro:  $49.95

Don't forget to see what my fellow TOS mates had to say about this and many other fine homeschooling products over on our TOS Crew Review Homepage.

***Collectorz provided me with a free Pro version of their Book Collector to test and use, so that I could not only record my vast collection of books,  but say for the opportunity to write this review.  No financial compensation was received for my honest opinion of their product.