A long, long time ago, I put the books in my study in alphabetical order, with a separate section for poetry and writing. Later I added a separate section for essays, and another for unread classics. Spurs began to shoot off.
There’s the tower of unread books, growing baby towers.
Like tornadoes stacks of books form if I’m looking for examples or writing a post.
Giving a book to Cal to read, which I often do, means I may not see that book again for ages–he has stacks too.
It’s a mess.
I’m currently trying to find a book I know I have somewhere. Wouldn’t it be great if I could just call to it?
Like, would all the Rebecca Solnits show yourselves? Or, Julius Caesar, where are you? Or what if there were some sort of ISBN finder App so that I could punch the numbers in and the book with that ISBN number would beep?
good to see this
I have this very same problem–except that many of my books are still in boxes. I need an app that will signal the right box to open! As well as the app you describe.
Ha, Anne. The signal should definitely be loud enough to be heard through boxes and drawers and walls!
Yo may be onto something, C. Develop that app, sell it, and buy your dream beach house. 🙂
There are apps for that, like Delicious Library for Mac and Delicious Scanner for iPhone, as well as Book List for iPhone or iPad. They enable you to keep track of your book inventory, including searching and ISBN barcode scanning. Just do some searching and you might something.
Doug, I do keep track of my books–my problem is finding the books in my study or in my house. See, if each barcode included a chip of some sort, then you could locate the barcode of the book you were looking for (online or wherever), input it into the app, and the book would make a sound, like the feature many portable phones come with. Or it could work along the lines of “find my iphone.” What do you think?
Neat idea, sounds good, but probably not practical.
not practical at all, darn it
Some good ideas here! However the advantage of having to hunt for things is the fun of discovering books you had forgotten you had:)
Thank you, Katharine. This is so true.