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Ratings and Reviews
Surprisingly robust, yet not quite perfect
In my quest to find a replacement for my homebrew FMP library catalog database, I have been largely disappointed by the pre-built offerings.
Delicious Library has a far more polished interface than Bookpedia, but cannot handle custom fields, of which I have many, and Delicious does not easily support the Library of Congress Classification call numbers, which I rely on.
I was cautious trying Bookpedia, because the interface is fairly early 2000's, but it's really what's under the hood that counts, and Ballotpedia proved surprisingly robust.
I was easily able to import my tab delimited file, and with some creative use of custom fields, I captured all the information I am tracking for my 1,000 personal library. But what made my day was not only does it appear as if Bookpedia seem to sort by call number (a monumental task, as call numbers are as anti-technology as one can get for something intended to orgnaize data) *but* I actually had Bookpedia provide missing call numbers, saving me the lugubrious task of manually acquiring call numbers, or cobbling together fake call numbers.
The only downsides are that Bookpedia tends to crash when I try to change the default grid view, leaving me have to redo the effort and that I can't really customize the record detail view as far as layout (for instance, I would like "stack" and "shelf" to be first and together, and not placed in the middle or broken up). Hence 4 stars and not 5.
In general, it is quite possible that Bookpedia will do exactly what I need - keep track of my books and allow me to quickly find a book by tracking its location in my bookcases (I have 4 in my office, and three in my bedroom).
But just for the call number management alone, this app stands out from the crowd and it's price is well worth the investment.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your feedback! I'm glad to hear you're enjoying Bookpedia. For the crashes you're experiencing, if you'd like to jump on the most recent beta version of the app you should find the issue fixed. You'll find the link on our website at bruji.com/beta. You're also welcome to email us directly if you have any further questions about the program.
Constantly Freezing and doesn't find all items
This app constantly freezes and I find myself force quit all the times. I tried Searching a general well known book "The Harvard Dictionary of Music 4th edition by Don Randal". None of its search databases has this item. I had to export from Delicious to Bookpedia. If this generic item cannot be cataloiged I wonder all the otehrs...but I'll stop using it.
Developer Response ,
I'm sorry to hear you're not happy with Bookpedia at the moment. For the freezing issues, if you'd like to try the latest beta version of the program you can download it on our website at bruji.com/beta. If that doesn't fix things, please email us with some more details so we can look into fixing that.
As for the search, I just tried searching for "Harvard Dictionary of Music 4th edition" (title only) and got results from many of the sites including the Library of Congress and Google Books. For some more tips on how to refine your searches, check out the Bookpedia Help: bruji.com/help/bookpedia/adding/tips.html
Goodbye Delicious Library… Hello Bookpedia!
I've been using Delicious Library for several years now and have been increasingly disappointed in its featureset and overall usability. Moreover, until it released version 3 just a few days ago, it had been stagnant for several years.
I decided to try looking for something new and found Bookpedia. Tried the demo and found it much more streamlined and does exactly what it promises. When I had questions or concerns, I was able to raise it in their online forums and found a lot of helpful advice -- from other users and Bruji employees. Moreover, it has a nice plugin framework that one can build his or her own search plugins to enhance what is an already great product. Even obscure books that I have in my collection that are in Chinese can almost always be found via the built-in Google Books search.
After purchasing the full product and using almost daily for the last week or so, I am very satisfied. Just purchased the Pocketpedia companion app for my iPhone and it seems to work just right too! Thanks to Conor and his team.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.