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BiblioTech - December 04, 2006 - 0 Comments

Bookpedia

Bookpedia

Posted by Eric

I found a great piece of Mac software this weekend for cataloguing your book collection: Bookpedia by Bruji.

Whether books line every wall of your house or barely fill one shelf, Bookpedia is the perfect application to help you keep track of them. Entering the information for each book is fast and easy because the program retrieves all the information from the Internet for you.

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BiblioTech - September 24, 2006 - 0 Comments

BookRevyoo

BookRevyoo

Posted by Eric

A new site dedicated to book reviews has just launched: BookRevyoo (I know, I know: site names these days).

BookRevyoo is a social book review community where you can add books to be reviewed, post your own reviews, and rate reviews by others. BookRevyoo gives you an easy and fun way to share your opinions on books you read!

Tag books with relevant keywords and discover just how easy it is to categorize, organize, and browse. Lastly, you can easily stay on top of your favorite book reviews through the power of RSS.

The site just started, so it’s mostly tech books right now, but the concept is interesting.

BiblioTech - September 16, 2006 - 1 Comment

Shakespeare Searched

Shakespeare Searched

Posted by Eric

This may be of interest to the teachers and students who visit:

Shakespeare Searched is a search engine designed to provide quick access to passages from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. We cluster search results by topic, work, and character to make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. From something as simple as identifying the speaker of a particular quote to discovering underlying thematic elements across works, Shakespeare Searched has you covered.

(Via Lifehacker.)

BiblioTech - May 24, 2006 - 0 Comments

yWriter by Spacejock and Papel by BeingArthurDent.co.uk

Posted by Eric

Thought people might be interested in these:

What is it? free story writing software

When designing a software program you break big problems (tasks) into little ones. Then you break those down into smaller and smaller problems until each can be tackled easily. Of course, you don’t want to lose sight of the overall project, so you give yourself explicit outlines for each piece of code. Then it’s just a case of coding each of the little pieces and hooking them together into the finished application.

Despite the mystical arty aura surrounding the process of fiction writing, at the end of the day most books can be written in a similar fashion: Break each novel into chapters, break each chapter into one or more scenes, and give each scene a goal, some conflict and an outcome.

Complete details on the Spacejock website.

A new software tool designed for authors of fictional stories is now available.

It’s called Papel (Spanish for ‘paper’) and runs under Windows, allowing you to write creatively and intuitively without logical tasks interfering with the flow of your ideas.

It’s small, it’s fast, and best of all it’s Freeware.  Papel is not a ‘try it and see’ advert for a bigger version you have to pay for: it’s a complete and fully working application.  It doesn’t require registration, and doesn’t contain nag screens, adverts, adware or spyware.

Complete details on the Papel website.

BiblioTech - March 19, 2006 - 2 Comments

LibraryThing

LibraryThing

Posted by Eric

Such a simple, cool idea…

What is LibraryThing?

LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. Because everyone catalogs together, you can also use LibraryThing to find people with similar libraries, get suggestions from people with your tastes and so forth.

What software does it require?

None. If you can read this, you can use LibraryThing.

What does it cost?

At present, a free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. A paid account allows you to catalog any number of books. Paid accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime. I conservatively predict the revenue will enable me to recline all day on an enormous pile of gold.

What else does LibraryThing do?

In addition to cataloging your own library, LibraryThing allows you to “tag” your books (see below), check out other people’s libraries, tells you who has similar tastes, etc.

What information do I need to give up?

None. Setting up an account requires only a user name and a password. You can edit your profile to make yours a “private” account. With a private account, nobody else can see what books you have.

Check it out.