Sunday, December 09, 2012
A Little Help, Book Chase Readers?
First question: do any of you know of a good book database kind of app that works on the iPad? I'm hoping to finally catalog everything I own, including duplicates, so that I can visit used-book stores with all the data in my hand. Preferably, the database would include fields for cover images and "comments" that I might want to make regarding different printings or editions of the same book.
I downloaded a trial version of iBookshelf this morning, and I've entered a couple books just to get the feel for it. It does seem to do most of what I'm looking for in a book app, but I don't want to miss out on something better if I decide to upgrade to the paid version.
Second question: I'm looking for suggestions on used-book stores in the immediate Houston area, say within 100 miles, or so, of the city. In particular, I'm looking for stores that specialize in Modern First Editions (1940-to present, in my case) and has both a decent selection and a steady inventory turnover. As you can imagine, I'm hoping to find stores with a little personality owned by real book-lovers willing to deal with people like me. Over the last 30 years, I've accumulated quite a view duplicates - most of which have been largely untouched since I purchased them - and I'm hoping to trade them for store credits or sell them outright, where possible.
I keep most of my books in a climate-controlled storage facility and I need to reassess my need for the unit. At this point, I might need more space - or less - depending, on how things work out over the next few months. The good news is that the books look as good as they did on the day I put them away - and many of them were purchased brand new because I had a hunch about that they would be worth putting aside for a decade or two.
I just wish I had had more cash back then, because unloading some of them is going to be an interesting, if long, process. And I can't imagine a better way to ease into what some people insist on calling "retirement."