So, with the ever growing library that is The Homestead Archives, a way of organizing as well as keeping track of what I have is a necessity.
My first thought was to create some sort of database as I am skilled in doing this.
The thought occurred to me that why reinvent the wheel? Someone else must have done this already.
After a quick web search I landed on this piece of software from collectorz.com. This is not an endorsement, per say, just a statement of what I ended up buying.
I still don’t like renting software, but this is licensed in one year increments, so I have a year to decide if I like it enough to pay to have it again.
They have three options, one is web based, one is an app on your phone/tablet and another is software on your computer. I went for the software on my computer.
It has a number of features, but what I like the most is that I just type in and it retrieves and downloads all of the information available (including the front and back cover images) of the book in question.
Apparently there is a bar code scanning bit of software . . . somewhere, but I never found it, or perhaps it didn’t come with what I bought.
They have software to keep track of other types of collections: movies, comics, music, etc.
There were a few books that the “about the book” entry was blank. So, I ended up typing in the paragraph on the back cover.
Again, we shall see how it goes, but for now it worked well and was a seamless process.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!