Book Collector for Windows - Features & Screenshots

Book Collector Feature Page

Browsing your book collection

Adding books to your database

Managing and editing your database

Exporting and sharing your book list

Browsing your book database

The main screen of Book Collector gives you many ways to view, browse, sort, group and search your database. The screen can be fully configured to your own liking.

Images View, List View and Cover Flow

Switch Book Collector's main panel (top right) between Images View, a wall with cover image thumbnails, List View, a list with multiple data columns or Cover Flow View, a cool 3D presentation of the front covers of your books.

Images View:

Main Screen in Images View

List View:

Main Screen in List View

Cover Flow View:

Main Screen in Cover Flow View

Group books into Folders

Browse your books as one long list in No Folders mode, or group them into folders, e.g. by Author, Genre, Publisher, etc.. You can even use multi-level folders, e.g. first by Format, then by Author.

Main Screen with Format, then Author Folders

Manage your Collection and your Wish List

Manage the items you own and your wish list using the In Collection Status field.
Flip between your Collection and your Wish List with the tabs on the bottom left.

Wish List

Statistics: Bar Charts and Pie Charts

View collection statistics in bar charts or pie charts.

Collection Stats

Searching your book database

  • Use the Quick Search box on the toolbar to search your entire database.
  • Or use the Filter screen to build and save advanced filters, using brackets, AND, OR, NOT, equal, not equal, greater than, less than, "contains" and wildcards (PRO edition only).

Search

Searching and Sorting

Customizing Book Collector

Details View: Templates and Styles

The Details Panel shows the full book details.
Several layout templates and color styles are available. Some examples:

The Cobalt template:
Our most popular template! A centered panel with all book information and surrounded by a book specific or default backdrop image.
The Cobalt template comes in a "light" and "dark" style:

Cobalt Template

If you don't like the Backdrop styles, you can choose to use the "Blue" style, which is the same as above, but with a Cobalt Blue background.

The Metro template:
The Metro template is based on the Windows 8 Metro look.
That means lots of blocks in bright colors. Too colorful for you? Then opt for the Dark style.

Metro Template

The Vee Eight template:
Several semi-transparent blocks of information, with a big backdrop filling the rest of the screen.

Vee Eight Template

Main screen Layout

Choose from several layouts for the panels in the main screen.

Example main screen layouts

Example main screen layouts

Example main screen layouts

Configurable Fonts & Font Size

Configure the font type and font size to suit your needs.

Different font types and sizes

Different font types and sizes

Choose your List Columns

Configure the List View to your own liking, choose the columns *you* want to see.

Columns

Sorting/ordering your book list

Sort your lists any way you want. Simply click a column header to sort on that column. Or define and save your own multi-field sort orders in the Sort Field Selection screen.

Sorting your book list

Virtual Shelves

Pick from any of the 5 Virtual Shelves options for your Images View:

Virtual Shelves: Wood Light

Virtual Shelves

Full Unicode Support

Enter, copy/paste or download special characters in any text field: Movie Collector supports unicode everywhere.

Full Unicode Support

Download the free trial version or buy the full version

Try Book Collector Free

Download your free trial edition
Available for Windows & Mac OS X.
The free trial is limited to 100 books.
(Of course the full version has no limits.)

Buy Book Collector

No database limits, full access to online data, free cloud storage.

Choose between Standard or Pro:

US $29.95 or US $49.95

Latest versions:

Windows
for Windows: 16.3.7
release date: Jul 19, 2016
what's new »
Mac OS X
for Mac OS X: 16.0.8
release date: Jun 14, 2016
what's new »

Adding books to your database

Automatically catalog books and book files.
Instantly download full book details and cover art.

Cataloging books by ISBN

  • Scanning ISBN barcodes is the fastest way to catalog your books.
  • No need to enter the titles of the books and no need to select your specific edition, the search results will automatically return the exact book edition that you own.

Add Books Automatically by ISBN

Need a barcode scanner?
Then check out our CLZ Barry scanner app for iOS and Android:

CLZ Barry Buy CLZ Barry in the App Store Buy CLZ Barry in the Android Market
  • Scan ISBN barcodes using the built-in camera of your phone or tablet.
  • Instantly transmit scanned ISBN barcodes to your desktop computer (Windows or Mac).
  • Or: scan ISBN barcodes while offline, then send them all to your PC or Mac in one go.

CLZ Barry is available for Android and iOS (iPhone/iPad) for US $7.99. For more information: check out the CLZ Barry website.

Scan ISBN barcodes directly into the Add Automatically screen

Connect directly to your mobile device:
From the "Add Books Automatically" screen you can connect directly to CLZ Barry on your iOS or Android device.

Connect to CLZ Barry on your iOS/Android device via the Add Automatically screen

Cataloging books by Author and Title

An easy way to add books to your database:
  • 1. Enter the book's author and title, and click Search Now.
  • 2. Select your book from the Search Results.
  • 3. Click Add Selected to add the book to your database.

Add Books Automatically by Author and Title

Book Collector will autocomplete the author when you type. Or use the dropdown box to quickly select one of the authors you already have in your database.

Add Books Automatically Autocomplete and Dropdown box

Cataloging books by LoC Classification

  • Enter the book LoC Classification from the Library of Congress (LoC) and click search now.
  • No need to enter the titles of the books and no need to select your specific edition, the search results will automatically return the exact book edition that you own.

Add Books Automatically by LC Classification

Adding multiple books in one go using the Queue Mode (Pro edition only)

The Queue Mode lets you queue multiple title, ISBN or LC Classification searches for batch searching and adding. Great time-saver, especially in combination with the CLZ Barry barcode scanner app for iOS and Android.

Add Books Automatically

The Collectorz.com online book database

Book data sources

All book data is provided by our own Collectorz.com online book database, currently containing over 5.7 million books, plus a long list of secondary book data sources:
  • ISBNdb.com
  • Google Books
  • Library of Congres
  • British Library
  • and many other national libraries and university libraries

Automatic data for books

Book Collector automatically downloads:

Book information:
  • ISBN
  • Author
  • Title
  • Publisher & Publication date
  • Plot summary
  • Language
  • Genres & Subjects
  • Format
  • Number of Pages
  • Dimensions
  • LoC Classification
  • Dewey
Book Images:
  • Front Cover
  • Back Cover (when available)

Author information:
  • Author images
  • Links to the author's pages on Wikipedia
  • Birth and death dates and cities

Book Data

Automatic author images and Wikipedia links, plus date/city of birth & death

Book Collector automatically delivers the following for many popular authors:
  • Author images
  • Links to the author's page on Wikipedia
  • Birth and death dates and cities

The author information is displayed in a horizontal "Author panel" in the Cobalt and Metro templates.

Author Headshots and Wikipedia Links

Edit Author Screen

Finding more cover images online

In some cases our Collectorz.com online book database may not give you a cover image, or a cover image that does not exactly match your edition.
That is where the Find Cover Image tool comes in. It lets you find cover images anywhere on the internet (using a Google Images search) and add them to your database in just a few clicks.

Find Cover Image

Cataloging audio books and e-book files

  • Let Book Collector scan your harddisk and add the found audio book and e-book files automatically. Add eBooksAutomatically get meta-data from Kindle, MobiPocket and ePub.
  • Support meta-data fields: Author, Title, ISBN, Publisher and Publication Date.
  • Then use Update Books Automatically to download even more book information (like a cover image) from the Collectorz.com online database.
  • Or, link the found audio books and e-books to existing entries in your book database.
  • Use the Open button in the Details View, or Open button on the toolbar, to open the audio book or e-book file.

Link e-Book Files

Download the free trial version or buy the full version

Try Book Collector Free

Download your free trial edition
Available for Windows & Mac OS X.
The free trial is limited to 100 books.
(Of course the full version has no limits.)

Buy Book Collector

No database limits, full access to online data, free cloud storage.

Choose between Standard or Pro:

US $29.95 or US $49.95

Latest versions:

Windows
for Windows: 16.3.7
release date: Jul 19, 2016
what's new »
Mac OS X
for Mac OS X: 16.0.8
release date: Jun 14, 2016
what's new »

Managing and editing your database

Adding books to Book Collector is quick and easy. But Book Collector also provides many useful tools to manage and edit your database entries.

Editing your book entries

The Edit Book screen is the place where you can edit all book properties. The many available fields are grouped into eight tabs.

The Main tab

Edit Book

The Details tab

Edit Book

The Personal tab

Edit Book

The Credits & Characters tab

Edit Book

The Contents tab

Edit Book

The Plot & Notes tab

Edit Book

The Covers tab

Edit Book

The Links tab

Edit Book

Editing multiple books in one go

Select multiple book entries in the main screen and choose Edit Multiple to make the same modifications to all the selected books in batch.

Edit Multiple

Add/Remove multiple checkmarks via Edit Multiple:

Edit Multiple

Alternatively, use the Next / Previous buttons in the Edit Book screen to quickly make similar changes to many books, one by one.

Edit directly in the main screen book list

Easily make quick changes to your book entries, right in the main screen list. No need to open the Edit Book screen.
Directly edit text fields (like Title), choose from a dropdown for picklist fields (like Author), use a checklist for multi-value fields (like Genre) or pick a date from a calendar for date fields.

Auto Capitalization & Automatic Sort Titles

Titles download from the online book database are automatically capitalized, e.g. typing "american gangster" will automatically change into "American Gangster".
Sort Titles are generated automatically too, making sure that titles like "The Bourne Ultimatum" are sorted correctly.
Of course, both are completely user configurable in Tools / Options.

Auto Capitalization settings

Auto Capitalization settings

Automatic Sort Title settings

Sort Title settings

Managing your pick lists

Edit your pick lists (e.g. Authors, Genres, Publishers, etc..). Add, Edit, Remove and Merge entries.
Assign your custom images to items for use in the tree and list panels, and the Details View.

Edit Lists

Setting Field Defaults

Set default field values, that get filled in automatically every time you add a new book.

Field Defaults

Field Names / User Defined Fields

Change field names to your own preferences.
Use the User Defined fields to set up extra data fields for your own needs.

Field Names

Loan Manager

  • Track which books you loaned and to whom.
  • Track Loan Date, Due Date and actual Return Date
  • Add extra notes for each loan
  • View all Loaned items, all Overdue items or entire loan history
  • Use a barcode scanner to loan and return books.
  • Batch scanning support (e.g. with the OPN-2001, Flic or CLZ Barry).
  • Automatic overdue notifications when starting Book Collector.

Loan Manager

Download the free trial version or buy the full version

Try Book Collector Free

Download your free trial edition
Available for Windows & Mac OS X.
The free trial is limited to 100 books.
(Of course the full version has no limits.)

Buy Book Collector

No database limits, full access to online data, free cloud storage.

Choose between Standard or Pro:

US $29.95 or US $49.95

Latest versions:

Windows
for Windows: 16.3.7
release date: Jul 19, 2016
what's new »
Mac OS X
for Mac OS X: 16.0.8
release date: Jun 14, 2016
what's new »

Exporting and sharing your book list

Organizing and browsing your books in Book Collector is fun. But it's even more fun (and useful!) to take your data and use it online, on your mobile device or to export it to other programs.

Free CLZ Cloud storage

Book Collector comes with free cloud storage for your collection data, using our own CLZ Cloud service.

Use the CLZ Cloud to:
  • Always have an online backup of your book collection.
  • Synchronize your collection between devices, e.g. between your desktop computer and your iOS device.
  • Publish your book list online, to share it with friends and family.
    (this uses a free view-only version of our online software "Book Collector Connect").

Export book data to the CLZ Books app for iPhone, iPad and Android

Browse your database and your wish list while on the road with the CLZ Books mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS (compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch)

Export your collection to iPhone, iPad or Android

Publish your Book Collector database online with your free CLZ Cloud account

View your database from any computer & any mobile device. Share your book list with friends and family via your personal collection link.

Or, if you get a Connect subscription, you can add, edit and remove books right from your browser!
[ More information and screenshots here » ]

Free CLZ Cloud

Printing lists

Print book lists, choosing your own columns and sort order, or print one book per page with full details.

Print

Export data to CSV or XML format

Export your book data for use in other programs like Excel.
Export all data to a fully configurable CSV export.

Export to Text

Or export to an XML file, perform large or advanced modifications using 3rd party tools and import your data back into Book Collector.

Network support

Share one database file on a network and access it from multiple computers:
  • A lock file system automatically prevents concurrent editing
  • When one user is already using a database in Writable mode, subsequent users will automatically open the database in Read-Only mode
  • In Read-Only all editing features are hidden and disabled, allowing viewing and searching only
  • Create Read-Only workstations by running a forced Read-Only installation (start the installer with the /readonly command line parameter)

Download the free trial version or buy the full version

Try Book Collector Free

Download your free trial edition
Available for Windows & Mac OS X.
The free trial is limited to 100 books.
(Of course the full version has no limits.)

Buy Book Collector

No database limits, full access to online data, free cloud storage.

Choose between Standard or Pro:

US $29.95 or US $49.95

Latest versions:

Windows
for Windows: 16.3.7
release date: Jul 19, 2016
what's new »
Mac OS X
for Mac OS X: 16.0.8
release date: Jun 14, 2016
what's new »