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My Book List app review: create and manage your own book collection

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Introduction

If you're an avid reader and happen to own a lot of books, get book recommendation from friends, and just can't seem to get enough when it comes to reading, this next app can help you manage your passion. The My Book List app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone as a way to keep track of all your books and create your own database. The app works as a barcode scanner so all you have to do is scan the barcode on the book in order to add it to your database. Of course there are added tools and features that make it possible to manage your library.

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My Book List - Library Manager

Free

Set Up and Manage Your Library

Here’s a chance to put together your own database of books with ease and speed thanks to the My Book List app. Scan in your books and they will automatically be added to your list and from there you can start to manage your library. When you scan the barcode the information is gathered from the iBooks Store and Amazon if, for some reason, the scan doesn't work, you can manually enter in the barcode. Be sure if you are adding it manually you take a picture of the book cover so you still have all the same information as the scanned books.

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The app features a number of in-app purchases that give you more features and tools. These range in price from $0.99 to $4.99. In its recent update there were a number of bug fixes made for smoother performance. The app currently has 3.5 out of five stars from users and they have referred to it as helpful and great yet at the same time some are unimpressed with the amount of pop-up ads.

The User Experience

The My Book List app makes it possible to manage your books and arrange the library the way that works for you. You can view them as a list or grid, touch the book link to read details about it, and the Book Genius will find you books that are similar so you can find new favorites. Sort your list however you like and check out the top books in each genre. As the developer suggests it’s not just for keeping track of the books you own or have read, as you can add book recommendations to your database so you don’t forget about the titles you want to read.

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Arrange the books on your shelf
Arrange the books on your shelf

My Book List - Library Manager

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Scan the barcode of books to add them to your database
  • Manually enter the barcode if you prefer and take a picture of the book cover
  • Organize the books how you want
  • View your books as a list or grid
  • Tap on book to get details on it
  • Use the app to discover additional titles to explore

Cons

  • Some of the tools require in-app purchases
  • Customers are frustrated with the amount of pop-ups

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Final Thoughts

The My Book List app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone acts as a basic way to create and manage a database of your books but it’s not exactly filled with features and considering the price of this one it seems there may be better options out there.

 

My Book List - Library Manager

Free
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