Friday, November 5, 2010

TOS Review: Collectorz.com

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Are you a book lover? I’m guessing if you have children, you have a pretty big selection of children’s books. Being a mom and a former teacher, I admit I am slightly addicted to children’s books and have several bookshelves and bins full to the brim.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know which books you own and even have them digitally organized? I would! So when I heard I’d be reviewing Collectorz.com, an on-line cataloging website, I was pretty excited.

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What is Collectorz.com?

In an nutshell, it is a way for you to see which books you own, even while away from home.  You can browse your book collection, sort and search your database, view statistics of your database, export to your iPod, iPhone, or Android, and print your book data.

How Do You Add Books?

In 3 easy steps!

Step 1. Type or scan the book's ISBN
Book Collector will use the ISBN to search the Collectorz.com book database

Step 2. Select your book from the Search Results
When searching by ISBN there often is only one result, so you just have to confirm it's the right one.

Step 3. Click Add to add the book to your database
Book Collector will now download all book data, including Title, Author, Publisher, Publication Date,
Number of Pages and, when available, the cover image.

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Scan the ISBN with a barcode scanner (seems like this would be the way to go if you have as many books as me. Of course, you’d have to invest in a scanner.)

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Catalog books by entering author and title

Key Features:

1. You can put in much more information than title, author, publisher, etc. The website allows you to enter so much more about a book including series, volume, edition, printer, paper type, dimensions, original title, original language etc…as well as more personal information such as owner, purchase data, value data, rating, location, book characters, editor, translator, cover artist, etc… Here is an example for the book Carrie.

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Of course, there are a zillion other cool features about this website that I didn’t have the opportunity to explore. I encourage you to visit their website features page to see more pictures and examples of the depth of this program.

How Much Does it Cost?

Book Collector Standard Edition-$24.95
Book Collector Pro Edition-$49.95

My Thoughts:

I would love to have my books catagorized so that I could see exactly what I have for each holiday, season, theme, etc. The only thing that concerns me is the time that it would take to enter all of my books. Collectorz thought of this and provided a way to scan the ISBN with a barcode, but that would require an additional purchase.

I really like the features of this website; they really did seem to think of everything. I am familiar with a few other free websites that also catagorize books, but the features do not match up to Collectorz. You have to decide if you need all of those features. If so, it might be worth paying for.

Click here to see what others are saying about Collectorz.com

Disclaimer: I was given a free trial subscription to Collectorz.com in exchange for my review as part of the TOS Crew.

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