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I have a library with about 300 programming books, which I would like to organize into a digital catalogue.

It should be accessible from Mac, Linux and Windows machines. A web app could work.

Any suggestion?

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What about using docs.google.com for example and a spreadsheet (sorry, this one is not opensource)? Or using Dropbox+a spreadsheet? Or a database (openoffice base) (dropbox is not open source but you can also use Amazon S3 + s3fox + openoffice.. if open source is that imporant)? –  Shiki May 10 '10 at 10:24
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Personally, I'd warmly recommend either Alexandria or Tellico as they are open source, but unfortunately for Linux only.

OpenBiblio and Evergreen are full-featured ILSs, that may be an overkill just to "catalog a few books". They run on a Linux server, requiring Apache and PHP/Perl. The client interface for Evergreen works natively on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Library Thing is a web based book catalog, that adds the social dimension to cataloging by recommending similar books and showing people with similar reading taste. The free account lets you add ~100 titles (IIRC), the full account has no restrictions and costs either a one-time $20-55 donation, or $1-20 per year.

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Thank you very much ;) –  Roberto Aloi Jun 1 '10 at 8:44
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I know this is an old question, but I would add libib.com to that list. (Web app) –  kylex Apr 10 '13 at 20:34
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It depends on what you want to do with the information stored in the catalogue. Personally I store my entire elibrary in Calibre http://calibre-ebook.com/ which is free and available for Windows mac and linux. It's also open source.

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I would recommend BookCatalog. It is a very simple java program that lets you scan books into a little database that you can sort/search through. Very easy to use with a barcode scanner (ie quecat). Also, its free.

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