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aNobii – Share, Track & Buy Books

aNobii – Share, Track & Buy Books

“Print Is Dead” – Egon

    A few years ago I tried out an online book cataloguing site called LibraryThing. It’s still going strong, with an excellent community of readers contributing.

    aNobii is a newcomer, a clear rival to LibraryThing. It’s feature full and doesn’t come up short in any way. While LibraryThing has most of the same features as aNobii, it doesn’t look nearly as good.

    Aesthetics aside, aNobii isn’t missing anything. In fact, I don’t think there is any imaginable feature they have left out.

    Before anything, after a quick registration, you select your language. This leads me to believe aNobbi is a little large than it’s letting on. However, the English readership here is quite large.

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    Add the books you own, either by title or ISBN. I was able to import my book list from my LibraryThing account, but you can also use an excel spreadsheet or a list from anywhere [a blog for example], however I can’t vouch for it’s accuracy.

    Now that your books are on your ‘shelf’ you can start having some fun. First off checking the status of each title; finished, reading, not started or reference.

    Reference is an interesting feature. This obviously means you have the book on hand to gather information when required. However, a handy tool within aNobii is the ability to add Margin Notes. Each note can be asigned to any page of the book. This is very useful for reference material.

    Along with, what I would call the standard, rating and tagging for each book, there is a feature that sets aNobii apart from it’s competitors.

    Community

    For each title you can specify if it’s tradable or not. For every book you are willing to trade you can set a price or a note to a willing participant. This is a feature that sites like LibraryThing outsource to a 3rd party.

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    If you’re like me you lend books out a little too much. aNobii have a Lending section for each book that lets you add the person who you’ve lent the title to – if it’s a friend on aNobii they show up automatically.

    Tell it when you lent the book and when you want it back. Now set a reminder, if you like, and enter the borrower’s email. No more rogue novels!

      Friends

      Since we’re looking at a community of bookworms, you want to find likeminded bookworms, right? This is easy.

      aNobii will automatically select users who have similar ‘shelves’ as you. You can distinguish how similar their shelves have to be in the settings section. When you find a person with books you like, you can keep track of their shelf onsite, via RSS or even by an email.

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      With a growing database of users, and the ability to specify what location you’re in, making friends to swap books with will be a breeze.

      While browsing books, you can add titles to your wishlist, hopefully attracting others to offer swaps.

        Discussion

        Each book’s page will have descriptions and comments. A voting system keeps only the most useful or interesting comments at the top. Make new ones for each of your books, they will show up at the book’s page with your rating.

        You can start a discussion on aNobii’s forum directly from a book or message a user directly. Check out it’s Amazon info page or Google Books. See what other users have the same book or check more from the author.

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        Buying

        At the bottom of each book’s page is a list of Amazon stores and the book’s price from each. From Japan or the States, which is cheaper? You can even set your currency and which stores you want to show up.

          aNobii is just about perfection when it comes to an online library. It comes out in the details, and after a quick look over you’ll see what I mean.

          While there’s always room for improvement, aNobii provides as much of a community library where you can realistically keep track of your collection – privately or publically – as you’ll find anywhere.

          LibraryThing has the following, being an one of the first in it’s field. However, aNobii does everything right, and is looking good.

          Create, share & explore booklists – [aNobii]

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          Last Updated on February 15, 2019

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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