Just before I went to BEA, I finally got something I have been coveting — a smart phone. I ended up choosing the Samsung Captivate, an Android-powered phone that seems to do just about everything I wanted to be able to do: check e-mail; go online; post to Twitter, my blog, and Tumblr; listen to music; keep track of my calendar; and download various organizational apps.
While I have no plans to stop carrying around a paper notebook for “to do” lists and other notes — taking items off an electronic list isn’t nearly as satisfying as crossing them off in a notebook — I do want to start using my phone for other more long-term lists or lists I want to access quickly while on the go.
I’ve never had a good system for keeping track of books I want to read. I’ve tried notebooks, Google Docs, Goodreads, LibraryThing, and even my library’s new list feature, but so far I haven’t really been happy with any of them. Rather than pound my head on my desk in despair, I figured I should just source the experts — you guys!
Now, a couple of bloggers have recently posted about their favorite online book tracking systems. Florinda (The 3Rs Blog) wrote about why she loves LibraryThing, and Wallace (Unputdownables) wrote an ode to Goodreads, but neither addressed my biggest hope with a book tracking system: integration with my smart phone.
Here’s what I’d like to be able to do:
- Add books to the list through an online application or through the phone, so I can be updating my TBR while at my desk or while on the go.
- Easily move books between categories — To Read, Read, Owned, Whatever.
- I’d like it to work with the Barcode Scanner app, but that’s not a deal breaker.
It’s the computer/phone issue that’s proved tricky. Goodreads is a nice online tool, but the phone app for Android is clunky to use. I tried an app called MyBookDroid, but it doesn’t have an online integration. I think I could connect it to Goodreads, but I don’t want to start messing with that because I’m not sure how it works. Another blogger recommended Book Catalogue, but I haven’t tried that one yet.
So that’s my dilemma — I need a book tracking system, and I don’t know where to start. Can you help? What apps or programs do you use to keep track of your books, and why do you like them?