ISBN Database Software - catalog your books by ISBN
Or... use them both, as perfect companions!
Both CLZ Books and Book Connect can be used on their own, as a stand-alone solution. But these tools really come to live when used together, as they are great companions.
While away from your computer use CLZ Books on your phone, then use Book Connect at home, to work on your database on a big screen, with a real keyboard.
Of course, you can sync your database between them through our CLZ Cloud solution.
Also still available: Book Collector for Windows
Book Collector is our legacy desktop software. Old-skool software that you install on your own computer, with your data stored locally.
Using Book Collector is only recommended for advanced Windows users, who know how to install/update software, manage folder and file permissions, configure firewall/security software, make their own backups, etc...
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I've been using BookDB, which has been great, but remembering to export to txt and then copy to my phone so that I didn't buy duplicates in the 2nd hand book stores was getting tedious (you may have noticed I have a lot of pre-ISBN books). So the search was on for something that would allow me to maintain a sufficiently comprehensive database on my laptop and sync it to my phone with minimal effort. Your team has delivered.
Mapping fields between BookDB and Book Collector took a bit of trial and error (mark all as Skip Field, then go back and set correctly) and there are a number of notes I'll have to port manually (eg first edition/signed by author/family connection, austerity printing c WW2, condition of binding etc), but all in all, this is a great product - and the cost is extremely reasonable - I've definitely spent more than that on a single book, so the potential saving in avoiding duplicates is real!
Reviews from customers
While I haven't used their other products, I'm sure they are just as refined and useful. Thank you CLZ team, great job!
I have been so eager with the newly discovered app, trying to get up to speed, I quickly asked support for some features that I subsequently discovered on my own. I was pleased to get an equally quick answer to my query— how to print out my lists— and can’t wait to do more. I may still hire someone to help me but with this app I am assured that even a student will be able to do a thorough, professional organizing of my library.
Bravo! Six stars!
Over the 7 years that I’ve used this app, I’ve seen lots of improvements. The developers are in-tune with their customers—if we ask for new functionality, it’s actually considered and often implemented. I even had the owner email me when I had an issue!
The CLZ Barry scanner enables members to scan the barcodes of books they are willing to loan and email the ISBN numbers directly from the App to our Librarian for logging. Subject to Covid restrictions, we can work directly with any member who has as many books as me, to load the books directly. It is particularly helpful to be able to sort on technique, subject etc as well as author and title.
The software works and the support team are easy to contact and really helpful. Highly recommended!
What seemed like an endless task of adding 3500+ paperbacks and hardcover, became a joy to do. The use of a barcode reader just made it that much faster. I still had to manually input a fairly large number of books as they were printed before the barcode system came into being, but even that, for the most part, was reasonably easy to do by using the ISBN. A bit tougher to enter the ones without any ISBN listed, but there the search by title and author made things doable.
Thanks again for the wonderful resources you have created.
Populating the app was very simple by scanning ISBN barcodes, and even when a barcode wasn't available, a manual entry was very easy to do. I did do some editing of records to ensure consistency across our database, but this too was very easy. I also edited a number of cover images by adding my own - again very simple a straightforward!
I highly recommend this app. Not only is it comprehensive yet simple, it comes with a first class support team. On occasions when I have had questions, I have dealt with three different support analysts, and each has been highly responsive, knowledgeable and friendly. You can't go wrong with this app!
Alle boeken staan er (bijna) en nu kan ik zelfs met mijn telefoon in de winkel zien of ik een boek al heb door het isbn te scannen. Ontzettend blij ben ik er mee , het is heel gebruiksvriendelijk en jullie support is ook snel en adequaat, als het nodig is.
The interface is good, easy to use, and I’ve added a lot of records very quickly, at the shelf with my iPhone. They often need editing (different editions, covers etc), but this is done easily and effectively. Synchronisation is excellent, and indeed you can access your database through the web interface, and there are Windows/Mac versions (at a price). I haven’t fully explored the additional data fields available, but they seem good. And as well as seeing a number of reviews which mention the excellent customer service, I’ve experienced it myself, with very full engagement from the developer with the issues I’ve raised - none of which have been major.
Nothing is perfect, and there are things that could be improved. You can’t do multiple item edits on the iOS version (you can on the desktop versions), eg to overwrite all “genre” entries across a number of records. There are some slightly awkward user interface issues in inputting records (issues the developer has agreed to consider). But I have confidence that the app will improve - it’s regularly updated - and it’s building on a very solid basis. So overall - I’m very happy. And I don’t say that about many software products!