Looking for an easy, convenient way to take your personal catalogue on the road with you? Look no further than My Library by Josh Pressnell. This powerful and handy app for the iPhone lets you catalogue your home collection and then carry it in your pocket.
We do not often review smartphone apps here on iBraryGuy, as we know our readers use a plethora of different models and that any discussion as to which one might be better leads to some serious controversy. Every once in a while though, a smartphone app comes along that is just too cool to ignore. So we don’t. My Library is definitely an app worth courting a wee bit of controversy for. Have you ever wanted a quick and easy way to catalogue your home library and then have that information at your fingertips when and where you want it? My Library does all of this and more. Creating a personal catalogue is as simple as entering an ISBN or even scanning the barcode with your iPhone’s camera. The app does the look-up and download of the book’s information for you. You can organize your collections, back them up, and even share them right from the palm of your hand. We loved how easy it was to use and how quickly we were able to catalogue our entire home collection.
But My Library is not just for cataloguing your books. No, it is much more versatile and powerful than that. You can use this app to also organize your movies and CDs. Beyond creating just a catalogue, My Library actually lets you search, track, and rate the items in your collection. Mark your books as having been read, in the process of being so, or even loaned out to a friend. Make notes on what you thought about a particular book or movie. Go ahead, librarians, have at it. My Library is an OPAC in your pocket. And you do not have to be a librarian to use it. It is just that easy.
One of the coolest features of My Library is the interface. You can actually view the covers of your books and CDs. If an image is not available in the info that the app downloads from the internet, you can simply use your phone’s camera to snap your own. For a really eye-popping experience, turn your phone to landscape position to browse your items in shelf format!
As of now, My Library is only available for the iPhone. We hope to see it on other platforms soon. As iPhone users, the iBraryGuy team have become eager and enthusiastic adopters of this app. We highly recommend it!