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I had the free ver for about a month. Just upgraded to the paid version. Not sure why there are reviews saying it was difficult to transfer data to the paid version. It was super easy and only took a few seconds. I backed up to the server on the free ver and restored to the paid version. Paid ver imports/exports to csv and has the ability to add your own pics and categories. So far so good. Suggestion: let option to display actual book image in put of book icon in the list view.
Amazing app. Need to be able to add by internet find as well like you can do with the film collection application you have. Eg type in an authors name and it brings up their books, or type in the book title and it brings up a picture and information like it does for DVDs etc in the film app. Not satisfied that Australian bar codes don't seem to work when scanning. Otherwise amazing application
Discovered serious bug. Will not import data properly from csv files. To try this I had Book Collection make .csv file and then tried importing the same file, unchanged, back into the program. The ISBN and description fields imported, everything else was lost. Also, when exporting it said the file would go to a certain locatiion. It went to an entirely various zone and I had to find the drive to search it. Also, It did not go to the SD card, went to the memory of the phone itself. I decided to try the feature to backup the database to the server provided the software creator. It worked OK when I backed it up, deleted the files off my phone, and then restored. Next, I decided to simulate restoring to a fresh device, so I deleted the software off my phone and reinstalled it, then restored from the server. Most of the data restored properly, however, user made catagories did not restore. For this reason I will no longer use the catagory option in the program; instead, I will append the category to the end of the title. Doing this the database restored OK. Without .csv import capability it will not be possible to restore data if the server goes away.
I am trying to inventory thousands of books in my house. 1. I don't wish the feature of emailing mates so as to need the contacts permission. I don't like my contact list being accessed by the bar code reader. It wasn't listed on line as one of the permissions required until I required the bar code reader. 2. I do not understand why author information is not automatically grabbed when the ISBN is read, the title and book cover are, if a choice, I'd much rather the author than the cover. For the thousands (At least 30 completely filled book boxes, probably 50 or 60) of books, this doubles the time required to enter the info. 3. For donation or house inventory purposes, I wish to enter the price or at least the list price of each book. There's no field, I added the information to the the remarks field. For donations, I created donation the location. 4. When doing collections, especially of a prolific author, having a prefill option would be nice... large time saver related to what Excel has when filling in text in a cell., or Money/Quicken for transactions.
I love being able to save a list of all my books. Upgrading from the free ver was a true pain as the file came over a complete mess. + in put of every space, so I had to spend half the day exporting editing, and reimporting the whole file. It also now allows pics of books not in the online database, but flips it sideways, and doesn't present how to add to the database. Overall amazing but it needs work.
Love the application and upgraded to the paid version. Been using for a couple of years as its simple to use. The only problem I have is when I restore from the server the locations disappear between words and are replaced by either a + or % in the book title field. With hundreds of books its now going to be time consuming to go into each individual book & remove the unwanted charters and replace with the space. When this is fixed I'll give 5 stars!
Had this for about 3 months and entered all our reading books into it and i was really satisfied with it however after sending file to my computer to check content I have been unsuccessful in restoring back to tablet. Book titles are the only information to come through. Not sure what I have done wrong, sent email asking for support but the answer is long time coming. I am hoping I obtain this fixes as I like the program.
I had problems with importing my books to my fresh phone with the free version, decided to finally make batter to the paid ver to see if it would work. It did and I finally had almost all my books imported to the fresh phone. I'm glad the paid ver isn't broken like the free ver because that would have been at least a day wasted rescanning all my books. I'd love a series section in the information so I knew which series the book belonged to and it's put in the series. I use the note spot for that information right now
Will hold reducing Stars until fixed. Needs User added Categories saved and restored with Backups. Need to be able to Delete older Backups. With latest modernize Notes no longer restore correctly. CVS function doesn't work correctly it gets screwy.
I would like to see the following stuff added to the app: COLLECTION comment box (to present if the book/story is part of a collection). SERIES comment box. PUBLISHED date box. EDITION date box. FIRST EDITION check box. PUBLISHER comment box. STARTED READING date box ENDED READING date box PAGES comment box A lot of apps are missing these options, with them I could easily rate this application 5 star. I like the app, these options would be helpful to me when I am out shopping for books as a reference. Thank you.
Am so excited with this application I use it to track my audio books. Easy to use love the back up feature since I've lost data on other phones. I would like to suggest the Author field to be filled automatically when title is scanned from online database . Also the ability to edit pictures I take of book. I can do it but have to switch back and fourth from phone camera app. Thanks you for the application job well done!
I am using paid ver because in it facility to take photo of your book but, I lost my all images. And also when we test to recover from my backup, I am unable to obtain back data with image. Then what is the use of [email protected]#$% paid app.
Nice for bulk scanning, but the retrieved data is limited. Exported CSV contained very small "extra" data in their proper columns like... The author of the book. Recommend adding the option to track separate lists at the same time (eg his and hers)
I think having a button related to the author's tab would be a nice modernize for this unbelievable tool. Authors tend to have several series. Except for that little wish, I like this book organization app. I think the TBR should be separate yes or no button.
Nice simple method to catalog books. On your filter page, the button for filtering loaned items, however, reads "Loaned Movies". Minor, but might wish to fix. Also, a suggestion to let bulk modernize (ie: abiltity to filter on a category such as " cookbook" and modernize zone for all stuff to reflect "kitchen".)
I like the set up and ability to export to a file. I also like the various types of books and have found I can note if it was borrowed from the library or owned under the book location. I would like a line to add the name of the series and perhaps the # it is in the series and the date it was finshed. Also, ebooks do not have the isb # listed anywhere which makes it all manual entry.
With downloaded scanner its simple to scan / add books. Transferring from free to payed application was easy. I have three suggestions that I feel would create the application better. If you could be able to place various colors with various catagories. If there was the display of " category, author". And if the author could be added when scanned that would be great.
This is exactly the kind of application I required and after upgrading to the paid edition, I can now edit the categories to my needs. I would love the option to be able to add more categories. And it would be nice to either have the pic of my book on the home page or be able to pick from a dozens of icons.
I have tried to scan a number of books but none of them appear to be in the apps main data base. I am having to manually enter all the details. I did not have this issue with Book Collection. It started when I had to change to this version. PLEASE FIX THIS!
I like this application it's amazing for keeping track of the books I have. Would like it to group books by authors. Have the ability to move books on list, so you can place them in order, this being the largest down fall. Please upload with these suggestions.
Love the app! It would be amazing if it would either block you from adding a duplicate book (same bar code or same title) or at least warn you that a book with that same info already exists in the catalog. I agree with whomever suggested auto-populating the author's name. It would be nice to have the zone field setup like category so you could make areas then select from the list when adding a book. And lastly, can it be setup to let the selection of more than one category at a time?
When I scan an existing book, it should alert me that I own a copy. Author name population, tagging books into categories(multiple). After bulk scan, begin the books for editing in the same order, at least I wish to correct it or add to categories.
Only just started using. Beautiful good, perhaps best for Android. But would like to see Zone implemented same method as Category. And facility for >1 Categories per title. And perhaps improve auto population of Author - authors often appear in Title field.
Management book application for android.. and I have used them all. It will be really useful if in the next make batter an Alert or pop up window will advise when a book just added on the want list is already into the library (trigger for the alert should be only 2 fields: title and author) is essential if you have a large library and need to avoid multiple purchases.
A amazing tool for keeping track of your books. Would like to see a few changes. First, give users the ability to key in ISBN numbers that have an "X" in them. Second, gives users the ability to change lookup databases - I'm finding a lot of my books only have a picture, but no other info. I'd much rather have the title and author prefill and take a picture of my book, than have to type all that in. And third, how about a "bookshelf" view, so you can see at a glance if you have a particular edition of a book? Other than that, an inventory application that is worth the money!
I'm really liking it, but there are two features that would dramatically improve it: when adding books by barcode or ISBN, the author info should be imported directly to the proper field (as should category, if available, based on Dewey or Library of Congress classification). Secondly, I'd like to be able to assign a book to a particular location, and share some areas with other users. A lot of of my books move between 3 various houses, each of which I share with various family members.
Only thing it's missing is a method to document when the book was read/keep track of how a lot of books were read in a given month or year. Love the want list function, as I'm not good at remembering which books from a given series I'm missing.
This application has potential but needs work. So far every single book I have scanned it can't search to fill in the info so I have enter it by hand. There are other free book catalogs that search the same book by scanning the barcode no problem. Also there is no method to import books from a list or csv. Otherwise I could use the other application to do the work and then just export the list. Application has some neat features but it going to be to much work entering books by hand to create much use of them.
Very nice app, love the fact that I can backup and export! Would love you to add the following: 1. Review of the book on its page after it scanned (automatically), 2. categorize it by author, series and volume. Maybe one day there will be an application that will upload the full book after scanned. Then you'll never be without your book!
This application is very helpful that I can know what books I have. I just bought thIs app. So, at thIs moment, I have 2 private preferences that I hope the application can have. 1. I can increase the categories instead of revising the category that I do not need. 2. If there is Chinese barcode database, that will be extremely helpful.
Love this app! Works great, however I would like this to be improved just a bit. I would love it to present a little summary of the book and also as I add books, have the authors name to present as last, first. However, this is a very amazing application and works wonderfully!