Where do you keep information about the books you own? For most of us, all we know about the books we own can be found in one or more of three very different places. The first one is obvious. The books on the shelves.
The other is an increasingly important location. Think Amazon Kindle. Kindle app on iPhone, iPad, and even Mac. This is where we store digital books. Also in the race is Apple's own iBooks. I keep digital books in both. No preference. The competition is good. What about all the books you have on shelves in your home or office or in the cans in the attic?
As it turns out, someone else in the Mac community had the same problem. How about an app that catalogs, organizes, and manages library libraries? Think about the database, but easy to use. Also, think for free. Free is good. TheLibrarian app for Mac is free. Despite Apple's attempt to remove skeuomorphism from our digital life, the physical world looks out.
theLibrarian for Mac is what you think it is. A digital library for collections of books, magazines, articles, even comics. All digital, of course. And free. The app allows you to create multiple libraries, and it comes with a built-in search mechanism. There is also a built-in reader so you can read most ebooks and export book metadata such as bib, csv, tabbed files, or as HTML (quite sober, but many Mac users with digital libraries of documents and articles know the value).
You can also share libraries over the Internet, and because theLibrarian supports Dropbox and Google Drive, you can store books online to ensure backup. My favorite feature is the PDF option. I work in a school and keep track of documents, research forms, school work, employees and faculty publications can be a challenge. iBooks work well. So does theLibrarian and they are priced the same.
Nicely done. Works fine. Priced right. Easy to try. Nothing to complain about other than the need for an iPad and iPhone version with document synchronization through iCloud.