Have you kept all your New Year’s resolutions so far? We hope that reading more books, whether physical or digital, is one of them. After all, there’s nothing better than immersing yourself in the pages of fascinating stories (fictional or real). If your library continues growing, you need a book manager.
In today’s Softonic post, we’ll show you how to organize your digital and physical books in quick-and-easy ways. With this, you’ll know which books you already have and avoid those famous repeats.
This is by far the most popular app devoted to the literary world and everything in it. Calibre is a program available for Windows and Linux, as well as iOS for cell phones. The mechanism it uses is very basic: it lets you add all the books you want to buy or access from the library.
What’s so special about it? Well, it has all features related to adding: evaluating books once finished; adding notes if the book is loaned (or borrowed); tagging them by categories; or even using the most valuable feature of all: changing the format if you can’t read the ebook (our savior).
The next tool is designed for cell phones and is perhaps the best medium for keeping your books organized. It’s called Anobii.
Behind this name is an app with millions of readers connected to it. How is this possible? Well, there’s excellent interaction among profiles, and you can recommend books. For example, if you have a friend registered, you can see what he/she is reading at that very moment (or what he/she has recently finished).
Anobii also has a particularly fascinating feature: scanning barcodes. We’re not kidding; you can do this, and the book is automatically registered in the virtual catalog without needing to enter the info.
If Calibre is the most popular program and Anobii is one of the most recognized cell phone apps, now it’s time for the top literary website: Goodreads.
This platform is best known for its cataloging of books, whether digital or physical. Its database is huge, so you’re guaranteed to find everything from magazines to fanzines made by amateurs. It also has comics, manga, academic projects and a long list of other options.
It has excellent interaction among users, to the extent that it could be considered a literary social network rather than a book manager: you can make friends, send messages, comment on your friends’ book lists, leave reviews and many other features.
The only downside is that the platform is only in English. But it’s so intuitive that non-English readers won’t have any trouble getting the hang of it.