Tuesday, May 24, 2011

For My Library: CueCat Barcode Scanner

Ok now, before I tell you what this really is, I will forgive you all for thinking something dirty.  But seriously, this is a book blog, so minds out of the gutter please.  This is a USB Barcode Scanner which also happens to be shaped like a cat. 

Why do I need a barcode scanner you might ask?

Remember these?  And this is just the tip of the iceberg, Reader Friends.  What you can't see is the OTHER bookcase in this room that is packed full, the two piles of books that are now shoulder high next to the other bookcase, the three bookcases in the office, the piles of books on the bedroom floor, and the third of my closet that has become my overflow for books. 

Over the past three years I've started the task of making a complete catalog of all of my books several times.  The problem is that I want it done right - I want a full catalog entry for each book: page numbers, physical description, publishing info, in addition to title and author name.  With over 1000 books, this takes a really long time.  So I've never really gotten past the first few books. 

Which brings me to the CueCat.  CueCat actually works in conjunction with LibraryThing to catalog your books.  You can just scan the barcode of each book and CueCat puts it into catalog form on LibraryThing.  Here's LibraryThing's basic guide if you're interested in how it works.  I use Goodreads for my reviews, but I'm going to be using LibraryThing to catalog my books now.  And the best thing?  I paid $13 and some change for the CueCat - including shipping!  It's completely affordable.  You can buy it through LibraryThing, but I bought mine (the modified version) for a few dollars less on Ebay.  I'm expecting it by the end of the week and I can't WAIT to get started on my catalog!


  1. Yes, I first glance I thought you were showing us something entirely different.

  2. You'll have to let me know how it works. I'd love to do that for my books at school, because I have a TON and students are always losing them. I wish I had a checkout program at school, but I'm not sure how that would work.