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Seeking advice/recommendation about mobile cataloging applications

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Mar 24, 2012, 3:13pm Top

Numerous google searches brought me - eventually - to this site (which looks great and I wish I'd found it before!), so I'm hoping people can help me with this query:

Can anyone recommend a cataloging application that works on both the iPad and Android platforms and syncs between the two? But read on...

The ability to scan ISBN barcodes from either the Android or iPad device is vital.

I have found that Goodreads exists on both platforms and, with a free registration at their site, keeps the two in sync. The problem is, neither version of the application is very good. The website (and the apps) have the social networking/recommendation elements as significant factors. These facilities aren't important to me, and I miss the more useful functions that my current preferred application, MyBookDroid, include. Specifically, when I open the book list, both let me sort my author name of course. However, with Goodreads I have to scroll through multiple books by each author to move down the list - with MyBookDroid each author is represented by one line only, which one can then expand to see their individual books in the collection.

I was able to export my collection (at the moment only 50 books in it since I've only been cataloging recent acquisitions, not the shelf-loads!) from MyBookDroid. The other app, Goodreads, doesn't have this function.

Also, Goodreads just seems very slow by comparison - I'm guessing this is due to the social networking functions.


Is anyone aware of an application that is more like MyBookDroid - quick, simple-to-use and efficient cataloging app, rather than the slower, network-oriented Goodreads that will work and sync on Android *and* iPad? Or am I asking too much? I don't want to be updating two incompatible catalogs, so finding one that exists in both versions is highly desirable. While free apps are a great price, I'm quite happy to pay for an app that suits my needs - indeed pay twice, if necessary!

And as for the other solution of "why not have two devices with the same OS?". Well, it's a long story, and not one I want to bore people with!

Thanks in advance for recommendations and suggestions.


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