I spent the day yesterday being a complete geek – I catalogued all my books and it took a good two to three hours! I sorted and dusted, and found old loves and double copies. It was a bibliophile’s bliss. Crouching by the bookshelf with my laptop, tapping titles into excel was quite exciting. I guess this is a good indicator that I will quite likely enjoy cataloguing books.
Here are the stats: I have amassed 386 books and I have read 189 of them which isn’t bad. I did not include boxed books from my childhood that are somewhere in the garage.
Some books I thought I had do not exist and I found others that I had forgotten I had bought. Many of the unread are the pile of books I buy (at low, low, LOW prices) from the twice-a-year book sales at uni where they’re practically giving such good quality books away at the price you’d find with Mills and Boons.
I use to have a similar database. I downloaded the inventory database from abebooks.com that is meant for a book business but I used it instead to catalogue my books. I lost the whole thing when a virus ate up my old computer. I think I’ll stick with something simpler this time.
Do any of you catalogue your own books and what sort of method do you use?