Of making many books there is no end
October 6, 2012 5:38 PM Subscribe
How catalog my library?
I need to get information on 400 titles into a list. Title, author, c date, ISBN or other standard code. And I don’t want to type a bunch of stuff.
I suspect the best way to do this, for any single title, is to capture a key piece of info from the book and use it online to find the rest.
• a library of about 400 titles, most published since 1930
• a pen scanner linked to my computer and OCR software (all tested and reliable)
I have 2 questions:
1) What ONE THING should I scan on each book for a DIY project? I’m looking for a) consistency, so I can do mindless repetition on all 400; b) utility, so I can easily translate my scans into standard info. I can handle minimalist hacks and use Excel as necessary, but I hope to spend no more than a day on this.
2) What software solution should I buy? I’m open to end-to-end solutions – but I don’t want to spend more than $200.