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All My Books Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — All My Books

Do you love to read? We hope you do. We made a special software for all book lovers and book collectors. With All My Books™ you will never forget where your favorite Harry Potter book is.
$34.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 528 173 comments

All My Books was available as a giveaway on June 9, 2008!

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Compress PDF files quickly and easily!

Organize your collection of paper books into an electronic library. Track loaners and locate every book in just seconds.
Add books easily without typing full details: All My Books gets information about the book from the Internet automatically.

Group and browse your collection of books by title, author or publisher, or run a quick search by any field. You can even define your own fields to label the books, such as comments or memos, and search them later.

What use would be an electronic book organizer if you had to spend hours to catalogue your entire collection?
All My Books does not ask you about every little detail about the book. Instead, it implements a revolutionary way to create and organize your collection. Just enter the book's title or ISBN number from the back of the book, and All My Books will retrieve the rest of the data automatically from the Internet.

All My Books tracks the books from your collection with the built-in loaner manager.
Giving a book away? Just put a quick note on who took it, and All My Books will record the date automatically. Even better, All My Books will remind you of that book when the time comes! With the loaner manager, you'll be able to stay tuned on who took your books and when. You will never lose a loaned book again.

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Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista


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BAH i missed the giveaway... of well gratz to whom ever won!

Reply   |   Comment by financial analysis  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've had this software for a few days now. Just wanted to report that I put 600 books into 3 databases and it only took about 5 hours, total, that includes moving them from room to room and reshelving them.

Reply   |   Comment by SandyG  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#6 said:
"Great software, but I doubt very many people here even read books."

I downloaded this software very early and just made it back to skim a few comments. Is this for real?? Not reading books...ever??? Much information---factual and non---is available online, but there is such an additional layer of life, that informs and contributes to every perception, every action, every evolution of self...

I simply cannot imagine not just reading, e-books or bound, being alone with myself and whatever world is in there.

Reply   |   Comment by IwasNamed  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I missed this one. I really would have liked to have it! I have a book collection of over 3,000 print books and 1,000 ebooks. Found out about it a day late. :-(

Reply   |   Comment by Phyllis N. Crabtree  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It is a good program. Very useful for a book collecter like myself. However, it doesn't have a help file and doesn't explain the features accurately. It is also hard to try and enter a whole series at a time.

Reply   |   Comment by Kara  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#6: before criticizing folks for not being able to read, lean to spell. (pron...really??)

Reply   |   Comment by Richards  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is a wonderful piece of software and logical, too. By using the ISBN look-up feature (choosing carefully the source, for English the best is Amazon), you can automatically download information and cover art. The trick is to "Add Book", then plug in the ISBN number in the correct line and click on the little icon on the right of that line. If first you right click you can choose the source for the lookup.
So far I've put in 118 books in a couple hours; figure a minute a book. Try doing that by hand (and scanning the cover).

Reply   |   Comment by BillDee  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am a teacher, and this program is very useful to me for keeping track of my classroom book collection. The paper/pencil method is somewhat cumbersome and I hope to retain more books this way at the end of the year.
On the downside, I have noticed slowing and freezing in the program. I am running XP Pro on a 2.O Ghz laptop with a duo core processor and a gig of RAM. Should be no problem right?

Thanks though. Positives from me.

Reply   |   Comment by Ty Legge  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Excellent software, manages to find almost every book I have in my library. Good job, thanks

Reply   |   Comment by walter  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Unfortunately I missed this one yesterday and am absolutely sick about it! This is one I would have loved to have had.

Reply   |   Comment by Shannon  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded yesterday and used for a few books so far, although I have a substantial library at home. Looks quite good for its intended purpose. Now I just need the software version! :-)

Reply   |   Comment by warreni  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Great program. I'm finding it to be very useful. I especially like the feature that allows for a title search that finds all the book's information over the internet.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

All I can say is WOW!. Didn't even know I wanted something like this, but when I added a few books by ISBN and I get this wonderful library listing... Cool.

I only have one bookshelf and a floor full of books, but at least now I know which books I have.

Seriously, a very good program with a well-designed UI. Although I doubt I'll be using it much, it'll be a keeper for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Harold DeWayne  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Good software. I have a huge collection of books and was maintainng the same in Excel. This has helped me organise them and will help me keep a track of books that have been lent.

Reply   |   Comment by Data  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

what a good idea for us bookworms...for years now ive been writing books ive got/read in a notebook which is rather tatty!! so thank you

Reply   |   Comment by jane crabb  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@#145 Fatespuppet and others

You can export and import from Excel .xls files and text programs. It even exports to mobile devices, all under the Tools button.
You can insert a cover picture or illustration either jpg, wmv, avi, vob and even download from you scanner. Look under the Book button.
You can add more comment in the Book Card go to Book menu then edit and then click on the Additional tab.
To tweak a little more overall go to the tools button and click on preferences there’s all sorts of toys to play with there. You could even change the skin, add columns.
There’s a lot more then some are saying there is that they think this doesn’t have.
I hope this helps you.

Reply   |   Comment by Messenger  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I originally wasn’t going to download today’s giveaway for the fact that I’m not one to read a book more then twice and end up either passing them on or donating them to local charities. But my DVD collection, well that’s a different story.

Seeing a complaint about this possibly being a “Cracked” version and knowing GAOTD doesn’t set up a software program with a crack code to activate the program. A fast thought was that this user’s computer is on crack. After a few more complain the about same thing I figure I’d download and see if I could help out if I had the same problem.
After a very easy download and install I launched the program and checked out the samples given with the program. It took about a few minutes to look it over to see what did what. It was easy to get familiar with.
Going back to the comment page here, I noticed that problem was narrowed down to a possible language file. I’ll try this anyways.

Went to the Book button in the top menu bar and selected Add. A box appears where you could enter the original title of the book and select from what data base to select from. I picked Amazon.com. I did a search with the original title button for “Save Me from Myself” An autobiography by Brian “Head” Welch, former lead guitarist of the metal band Korn.
Some info like the cover photo and very little info on the book itself aside from the publisher, under the cover photo were the ISBN numbers. On the right side was a link to the book’s web page which opened my browser taking me to Amazons.com page of the book with a lot more info on it like reviews and ratings, and a synopsis from the book. Scrolling down on the left side of the page are more ISBN numbers. ISBN-10: and ISBN-13: So just going with ISBN-10: I just high lighted the lighter numbers after the colon and copy then went back to the program and where you select the Add button in the Book menu I selected edit and pasted the new number and replaced the numbers that were there. WOW all the info needed for the book that was at Amazon’s web page filled the program’s Book Card right up.

I did this in under a minute for the first time in learning how to use it. Under 20 and less seconds now that I know how. I did 2 more. A book from Slash of Guns N Roses and the SciFi book “I Robot” all with success. Tweaking and editing the info in the Book Card is easy.
I see this as a good program for those serious collectors of old books that don’t like people manhandling the books on and off the selves, but allow lending their books out to close friends and families. Just let them search through the program and save the wear and tear. This program keeps it simple.
Now not being sure if I’ll keep this because of what I mentioned in the beginning, and
seeing I missed out the AllMyMovies giveaway from December 21, 2006, if it’s anything like this is I’m hoping you guys could repeat it I’m sure I could make good use with it for my 200 plus DVD collection.

Thanks to GAOTD and Bolide Software for this one. 2 thumbs from me.

PS for those that think this has some limitations, just go to Amazon or what ever website on the list you get your online info about on your books and scroll around to find the right ISBN: number. Copy and paste the number after the colon into the ISBN box in the Book Card your making and click the button. What was at that site will auto fill the Book Card..

Reply   |   Comment by Messenger  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hm, I either need a laptop computer with wireless network or I need some muscular being to move all my books from the library downstairs to the computer room upstairs. Is there a way to suggest additions to the databases searched when an ISBN match isn't found? I have a few rarities (gifts from authors) that don't match up as well as some pre-ISBN books (for Distributed Proofreaders).

Reply   |   Comment by Chazz  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oh, to be perfect and never forget if you have read a book or bought a book (especially when they change the look of the covers) or lent a book to a friend or relative!

I have been keeping track of the books I've read since authors have started changing publishers so often and the publishers have started changing the look of the book cover whenever a new printing/edition of the same book came out. Because of this I have gotten home thinking I had another jewel to read only to find out I needed to return the book because they changed the cover on me. I'm not perfect, I don't always remember books by the small synopsis on the back or inside cover. It's only once I start reading the book that I discover I've read it or once I get home (if I still have the books by that author) that I realize I've read it.

My problem is that my book now looks messy from all my scribblings. It would be nice to have a simple way to enter all of this data and have it easily accessible. This might be the answer.

My only concern is the fact the blurb in the box states this is a time-limited offer. In the past with some GOTD software offerings the program has stopped working with this line in the "blurb box". I don't want to enter all the books I've read only to find out I won't be able to access this database after the trial period.

I started a database of my own in Excel using http://www.freebooknotes.com/ to get all the books by a particular author. If I own the book I mark it in the database. If I have borrowed it from the library I mark that down. This is particularly helpful for books no longer available in print and when I go to purchase a book I can tell at a glance that I've read it whether the covers have changed or not.

Lastly, Thank you to those who provided alternative software, tips for using this software, and also book sites. I appreciate being able to access them when/if the GOTD offering stops working due to a trial period.

Reply   |   Comment by turkishvan007  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This morning I only had a few minutes to play with this program. This evening I've managed to log in a bit more time. I just love this one! As both a book collector and a book seller I know it will be getting double duty and I have a feeling it will withstand the punishment as I put it through it's paces.

Good job and thanks a lot to the folks at Bolide.

Reply   |   Comment by Prying1  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Dang nabit, I just bought the Book Collector Laser Scanner Bundle from collectorz.com for $199.90. This is a must grab for free if you're a person that reads a lot and likes to keep things organized. I personally like the Collectorz Book Collector because it had the laser scanner and it seems to pull the information off of the Internet faster than All My Books. This is a good solid piece of software that I would say is worthit's regular admission price (but I do agree with #146 if it were a paid admission, $5.00 more gets you a flashier program) but for free this is a no-brainer! Good job on this one GOTD crew!

Reply   |   Comment by Polythene Pam  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

have tried 8 times to run setup.
have clicked on setup 8 times.
says activating.
then get Failed to connect. Please try again later. in a setup box every time.

Reply   |   Comment by fustrated  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I like this one. I had started an Excel list in the past to catalog my books but gave up because is was too cumbersome. This program works so much better.

Thanks for the free program.

Reply   |   Comment by Tertium Quid  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks, Giveaway of the Day. Although many of the (mostly media conversion) utilities posted here are of no interest to me, that's to be expected, considering everyone's varying tastes, and I truly do appreciate the great applications that are occasionally offered--for free!

I was surprised today to see how you had anticipated my needs, because I am just in the process of evaluating cataloging software of this type--in fact, I have been planning to purchase in the next day or two! Sure, you can use Excel or Access to catalog your books, but software like this has some huge advantages:

1. It can save you a significant amount of time by downloading data, including cover images, from the Web. For English books at least, for most collections, if you choose your choices properly (check the options), you should have no trouble downloading most of your books. This to me, is the major advantage.

2. The best programs in this category have excellent user interfaces that are designed for the purpose and that I find much easier to use than the typical spreadsheet or generic database.

3. Many other features I don't have time to mention here.

Of course, if you don't read or own books, that's another issue. And by the way, amen to zooks (#6)! You crack me up. No,w it's possible that some posters who have had trouble licensing their software really did follow the instructions--if so, I apologize. For the rest of you, look for a readme file and try again after reading it! I had no trouble installing to my 64-bit Vista system, and the About page says that it is registered to Giveawayoftheday.

That said, after installing and trying out this program, I will go ahead and buy one of the others I've been considering. Why? Two reasons:

1. When you click on Help, you're told that there is no help available! Worse yet, I was unable to find a manual or any kind of real help at the Web site. Even the forum has very few posts. Now, All My Movies appears to have been around for longer and to be better documented. However, according to the copyright, the book software is several years old.

2. The number of features (specifically the data fields) is very limited compared to software like FMProgramvare's BookCAT, Collectorz Book Collector, and Readerware.

Despite these two severe limitations, the price of this software is very close to that of the three programs I just mentioned.

There are many other cataloging programs out there that may also be very good but which I haven't had a chance to spend much time with yet--some have been mentioned already. Some are free.

If you don't plan to pay for a book cataloging program, however, download All My Books and try it out. For free, it looks like a good deal.

Reply   |   Comment by Keith  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have Windows XP Media version and I had no trouble installing and it runs fine. For the ISBN numbers, you don't put the dashes, don't know if those who had issues put dashes or not. I had the best luck with Amazon but didn't like their comments, but you can delete them if desired. The Print Book Card printed fine. I don't like that you can only add one book at a time.

For #24, 29, & 33, I use DVD Profiler by Invelos to track all of my DVD's and I love it. You can add multiple DVD's by barcode, title, and one other way I can't remember, then it will download all of the info from the Internet. You can track who you loan to also. You can choose an actor from one movie and see what other movies you have that he/she was in and you can upload to the internet so you can check it whenever you want. It will also synchronize with your mobile system if you have the version for your mobile system.

For CD's, I have a lot that I have copied info onto and I use SearchMyDiscs that freegiveaway offered quite some time ago, my system crashed and I had to buy it. But it will read the disk and store all of the information. I numbered the disks and in the database I listed them by the number for the title and I just search for what I'm looking for and it finds it and tells me which disks have the file, program, whatever. Works great.

Is there a number to register the program? I tried the get your license for it and it goes to the website to purchase. So is this just a trial version?

Reply   |   Comment by Julie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#145 hit most of the high points. I've used it about an hour so far, and it is fast, fairly (not totally) intuitive.

Improvements: If you do an ISBN search on the add record window, then click Add Another, theactive item should be ISBN, not Title.
Also, Hot keys? I lose a lot of the speed just from having to go from keyboard to mouse to keyboard.

Reply   |   Comment by Corny Flower  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have to say that I didn't need the product for my personal books, I know all that I have and don't loan them out.

I needed something for the vast ebooks that I have backed up on cd's.

I downloaded the program anyway. It's a nice setup. I went into preferences, disengaged the auto online check, deleted the fields for horror, fiction, etc... added my own fields for my ebooks, etc... You can completely change the fields which makes this software very useful.

As for cookbooks or recipes, you can add whatever fields you like or need.

I give this software a definate 7 out of 10. Not bad and very easy to use for any type of book you may need to keep track of.

Reply   |   Comment by PBenak  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My suggestion is try Book Collector. The trial version doesn't expire in any days. What it does is limit to 100 books per database, but you can have multiple databases. I've been using the full version since 2004, and it's been working good, at least for books in North America.

It can search from Amazon.ca, com, UK, FR, JP, DE; Powell's; Barnes & Nobles; Library of Congress; a bunch of different national libraries; Casa de Libro; British Library; Libris Sweden.

It can take a csv file with author, title &/or isbn# & search one or more of those websites.

See http://www.collectorz.com/book/features.php for more details. They also have a help file with the program & a faq & troubleshooting on they're website, as well as a forum where anyone can ask questions.

They also have programs for collecting movies, comic books, music, ganes, mp3's & photo's, with they're own databases for comic books, music & movies, on top of the other websites they get info from.

Reply   |   Comment by Adam  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

WHY do all the freakin comments never tell me ANYTHING about the software?

We've got comments about how everyone is stupid, complaints about how there are a certain amount of votes before it became available (IT BECAME AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES BEFORE YOU, DOLT!!!), more complaints about how everyone in the comments are stupid and don't read, so therefore this program would be not useful, complaints that GAOTD should cater to every single person who visits and post only those programs that EVERY PERSON IN THE WORLD WANTS, and more misplaced crap about how GAOTD should run its site.

Ok, I guess there are some good comments...but not in the first 11.... have to read the whole section to get a decent review...

____End Flame____

While I personally don't have a large library, I know several people who do, and will be greatly pleased to have found a program such as this, or maybe they would like some of the others that were suggested.

Reply   |   Comment by qazaq  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

its not bad software. a bit simple. for 5.00 more (than this software) you can buy the book collectorz. which is a much better program. they have more features.

Reply   |   Comment by Kosh  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I think this product is quite useful if you have a large collection of books. I gave this a whirl for about 30 minutes and found a lot to my liking. Here's my likes and dislikes(so far):

1. using an ISBN and the correct search site dumps all the info about a book straight in with only minor tweaks needed(see dislikes)
2. instantly puts in the covers of the book if available and provides a nice record for each as you select one
3. Room for tons of comments and additional information including page counts, genre, authors etc.
4. ability to sort by all of the input fields and even click on an author in a record and instantly pull up all the other books by that author

1. automatically pulls in comments that appear to be the first review given for the product(using Amazon)
2. didn't immediately see an ability to add a genre(though you can have multiple genres for a book)
3. didn't see any tutorial although it does seem quite intuitive

I tried this with some old and new books and even with manga and trade paperback comicbooks. If the ISBN exists and the record is available on the site you choose to search then this software pulls it back. It was quite fast.


1. It would be nice if I could enter a list of ISBN numbers from an excel spreadsheet and have it dump all of the books in.(possibly can but only messed around for 30 minutes)
2. Quick 5 to 10 page walkthrough to show the most commonly used features and answer FAQs.
3. Ability to edit or past in the picture if one is not available(didn't immediately see it so it could be available)
4. Not auto fill comment sections. In fact, it would be nice to have check boxes next to records(or in a preferences window) to select what fields to autofill with info.

Overall I really liked this program and considering it's free it's a bonus. Now to start cataloging the library. (O.O)

Reply   |   Comment by Fatespuppet  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have a suggestion for the author: do what Apple did with Sherlock - make the web scraper into a scriptable function, and open up the interface so that people can add their own data sources. Obviously this is not something that most people would do, but it only needs a few to write scripts that can be used by many.

Reply   |   Comment by G  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Use Caution, My wife just downloaded and installed the program, and ultimately it came up with a message indicating it was trying to access the e-mail addresses in the address book of Outlook. Uninstalled the program luckily we don't use Outlook.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Spent an hour trying to do what should be very simple - add user flags for common ebook types (PDF, HTML, TXT, PDB, LIT, etc.) I've found the Tools > Preferences > Custom Fields (an odd place to put it - why not under "Database"?)to add the flags to the database. I've edited the template. The OLD version of the template still shows.

Does anyone have any tips?

Reply   |   Comment by Solinas  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have to go with #45 comment:

All I can say is “LibraryThing”

Although this does import details from a few sources like LibararyThing does, it does not seem to have a way to scan the info in for searching like LibararyThing. Get the cheap scanner from LibararyThing and you scan the ISBN and all the info is imported for you. If this program could do that it would be worth while.

If I missed that feature in this program I'm sure someone here will jump right in to correct me.

Reply   |   Comment by TopDog  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Tried to enter isbn for three popular books. None worked. Tried different databases - amazon, barnes and noble, etc. None worked. If I have to enter the name etc, I can use excel and create my own database.
Should try and be as good as Griffith is for movies.

Reply   |   Comment by rob  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Wow, I'm SHOCKED at how many people are complaining about this software offering. Believe it or not, there ARE some people out there who read books (yes, I'm one of them). I want to thank GOTD for this offering... I've thought often about getting a program to keep track of what books I've read (so I don't keep wasting my money on buying another copy of the same book), but just never followed through. I'm THRILLED that today - instead of just another backup software or image editor - there is something unique and different. As they say, variety is the spice of life!

Reply   |   Comment by Holly Cotter  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is SWEET! I've never messed with Book Organizers before simply because I'm WAY too lazy to do that much data entry. This program solves that problem wonderfully. Both title search and ISBN search work great on the Amazon database - I love that ALL the info gets added automatically, including cover art. I really like that the book's web page is kept as part of the record. And it's great to be able to view the books grouped by Author or Book Type or Subject or any other database field (though they probably should have listed that function under the View menu instead of having to click a field to discover it.)
VERY BIG THANKS to GAOTD and to these programmers!!

Reply   |   Comment by dbear  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

We've got tons of books...many of them in bookcases. However, sometimes you do need something like this to keep from buying the same book again, give a list of suggested authors for gifts, keep track of professional publications.

I'm sure it could be used for porn or comic books (er, graphic novels). If not, excel would work.

Reply   |   Comment by Susan  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

does this fall under the "if you build it they will come"?
what i mean is if i install this program, will i start to recieve books. possably books that have been neglected because the current holder of said books does not have such a program and the books might feel neglected and want to reside with me - because i have this catalog program.
I'm in nyc so they'll have plenty to do.
i was just wondering.
: )

Reply   |   Comment by william  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is a great program!!!!
Love it! Easy to use,Search books, Add Reviews. I just love it!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Jonah  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For # 1: GAOTD offered Image Comparer back in Nov I think. I love that program!

For those saying it will not organize e books, it will organize e books but it takes a bit of work on YOUR part. I've used this program LESS than 20 min and I figured out how to do it. Under preferences, general, binding types...just add e books as a category. It won't automatically add details obviously unless the e book is in a database somewhere. But I have e books that to get the details, I just used the title/ISBN and got the details for the print book and then changed my binding type and deleted any details that were inappropriate. That took all of 5 min to figure out. And on the book card, under Metadata, Local Path, you could then add where the book is on your PC. Use creativity in organizing your information.

And to the person who linked to WOWIO, thank you very much.

Reply   |   Comment by Wayney  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This particular download is extremely important for one who has a lot of books and desires to catolgue books in an orderly and quick fashion. I also appreciate the "cover" option, which displays the book's cover, and the notes for summary purposes.

I believe this software will be useful for the college student for the purposes of catologuing "helpful" to "useless" books, and keep track of lent/borrowed books.

I HIGHLY recommend this free and useful program.

Reply   |   Comment by Rev. Patrick O'Neal  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

What's this?
2. Anyone may use this software during a test period of 30 days. Following this test period of 30 days or less, if you wish to continue to use All My Books™, you must purchase it.

I thought GAOTD was just that-- a "giveaway"?! I can download trial versions all day long...

Where's the license key?

Reply   |   Comment by rich  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is my first review.

I downloaded this software in Windows XP without any problem. I ran a few tests loading individual books and it worked well. My book collection is well over the 5,000 mark and I've kept track of everything in Microsoft Works. I transfered the information to a CVS file and imported it to AMB. I selected title as the title field, loaded the information, and discovered that I couldn't search online for additional info by title--it had to be input as "original title." I deleted the file and reloaded my database.

This is where the limitations of AMB really made themselves felt. First of all, it does not allow me to sort the viewable field on the left hand side of the screen. At least I couldn't find a way and I looked for a while. Since titles are regularly duplicated, it's easier for me to look by author first, then title. That wasn't an option for me.

The second issue--to add additional information from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, I have to select each record individually. If one only has a few books, this isn't a huge issue, but with 5000+ titles, it's a big problem. Still, I can see where the software designers don't want to assume their program will find the correct book online.

Third issue--the limitations of the online search features. Searching by title or by author doesn't work very well if it's a title that's been used frequently or an author with a large backlist. Only a handful of suggestions show up and about 80% of the time, the title/author I wanted was not among them. Perhaps if I'd included a field in my database for the ISBN, that search would be easier, but unfortunately, that wasn't something I ever thought I'd need.

Overall, I think the software is worthwhile and I'm going to continue to struggle through it for a while longer because I like it better than my database, but the limitations of the program is frustrating.

I'd give the software a 7/10.

Reply   |   Comment by bugalootwo  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Addendum to my previous post: One feature I wish this program had is the ability to sync with an all-my-books program on another computer. My apologies to the creators if it is in the program, but I could not find it. It is true that the user could migrate the data over to the program on the other computer, but it would be soooo much easier to just sync it over the network. For those with only one computer or a dedicated computer, this would not be a problem, but I have five and it can sometimes get hairy remembering what data is where. Someday I will set up some Network Attached Storage and make the whole process a lot easier (until the network goes down!) But for the moment, a sync feature would be welcomed.

Reply   |   Comment by Rich  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

A great program, but it's methods for gathering information about books are unreliable at best. For almost all of the books I've entered (about 15 so far) I have ended up with the first available customer review rather than the synopsis, and in one case it failed even to find the author's name. Granted, these small problems are easily fixed, but it can get somewhat annoying when adding large numbers of books.

Other than that I'm pretty impressed, the database size isn't too big and it has many useful features such as ISBN lookup and exports to html and excel formats.

Reply   |   Comment by Slanter  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded, ran setup, program runs fine and is activated. I have only added one book, it is a very old title called In My Soul I Am Free and the program found it with no problem. Looking a little further, into some changeable settings, there is a field for location, so you can enter a particular place for the book, EG Office or Bedroom. It also has an auto-numbering feature, in case you want to use that for a cross reference (you could place little stickers on the book with the number corresponding to the one assigned by the program.) It also has the ability to add user assigned, custom fields. Considering that you can import and export to generic file types, I would have to give this program a 10 out of 10. Of course, I haven't thoroughly tested all this yet, so my opinion might change if some of this doesn't work.

Reply   |   Comment by Rich  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I was quite excited with this software at first, but with a few thousand books to catalogue, there's no way I'm going to sit in front of the computer adding some detail to get it all catalogued, it would take months. The idea itself is great, but only if you are a relatively new starter with respect to collecting books.

Then again, if you want to spend hundreds of hours inputting titles (you need at least the title, author or the ISBN number for it to be an effective search) this is certainly a reasonable piece of kit, but it still doesn't get away from the fact that you have to physically type in the data first. If you could just speak into a microphone and it typed the title ISBN or author for you then this may be of some use as I can speak a lot faster than I can type. ;)

Still, it's nice to see fairly original titles here at the giveaway project. :)

Thank you giveaway team and the developer Bolide software.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I looked through the comments and noted people having trouble finding ISBN numbers. If you choose Amazon instead of Powells, you'll find them by ISBN!! The problem lies in the place you're searching, NOT the program!

Reply   |   Comment by SandyG  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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