|This is the study, where lots of work gets done blog editing.|
|Another view, too many books to get in one shot.|
My partner has a lot of books, CDs and is starting to build a DVD collection.
|The last vestiges of an outdated technology|
|My small but messy book collection.|
Cataloguing our collections
I go through obsessions, where I get intensely interested in a topic or activity and do it at the cost of sleep or regular, mundane tasks like housework. This is why I have dozens of half-finished books in my collection. If a book doesn't grab me and I read it every free moment, it will be relegated back to the unfinished shelf. I'm like this with a lot of things, they have to grab me, and then I power through.
Recently, one of these obsessions as been cataloguing my partner's CD collection. This is mostly opera CDs. I discovered there were over 300 hundred CDs just on Opera in his collection! They are still in no particlar order on the shelf, but they are all recorded so we can sit and browse his collection from any computer with the internet.
His books are another matter, and I have only just scraped the surface. There are at least 500 of these, probably more like 800 all kept in our study, Nick's workplace as he mostly works from home. He's a professional journalist who edits blogs (I know - lucky me, a very handy critic).
There are several book cataloguging tools out there, but I liked the software I did use as you are able to put all your collections into one database.
This site was itrackmine - a site that helps you organize your life and your collections, from books and CDs, to household appliances and software. You can even make a custom collection of anything. Say you collect teapots - you could use itrackmine to catalogue your teapot collection and share it with friends. Especially useful for insurance purposes.
I think you can tell a lot about a person by what they have on their shelf, either books, music or movies. You can find out about Nick here: http://www.itrackmine.com/fp.php?fp=7962
And you can find all about me and my tastes here: http://www.itrackmine.com/fp.php?fp=7961
Have you catalogued your collections? What tools did you use and would you recommend them?