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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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          Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

          1. Zoho Notebook
            If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
          2. Evernote
            The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
          3. Net Notes
            If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
          4. i-Lighter
            You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
          5. Clipmarks
            For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
          6. UberNote
            If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
          7. iLeonardo
            iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
          8. Zotero
            Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

          I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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          In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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