drcpunk (drcpunk) wrote,

Time to Catalog Books

I started hunting through mneme's books, looking for the Culture novel Use of Weapons, on one of the panelist's lists of the 20 most important sf novels of the last 20 years. I didn't find it, and mnemex may not own it.

What I did find was a hardback of River of Gods, which was on every panelist's list. I had tried to find it in the dealer's room, found it in trade paperback, did not buy it at first, perused the room, then came back to where I'd seen it, only to learn that someone else had bought it during the interim. I was not terribly bothered by this. I had plenty of other books to read, and I was confident that I could find this book online, at a bookstore, or at a library.

Now, of course, I'm delighted I didn't buy it. mnemex doesn't recall how he got this book. It's possible it was one of the goodies in the bag of books we got from the last time we attended the World Fantasy Convention. I spotted a few other things on his shelves that I hadn't realized he owned.

For his part, mnemex has complained that he doesn't have a good idea of the books I have on my shelves, especially as I double stack. I have a spreadsheet of my books, but it's out of date, as I've done both buying and pruning since then.

What I think I want to do is this:

1. Take photos of all of our shelves. This is good for multiple purposes.
2. Catalog all of our books. I can use most of my spreadsheet for my books. I think this will involve adding a few columns, such as one listing whose shelves it's currently on, one listing which bookcase or shelf it's on, and possibly something indicating whho's read it, if I'm feeling ambitious.

While I'm at it, I should catalog the manga and comic books, and the music, for good measure. I've cataloged my rpgs, although that list is also out of date by now. I'm not convinced it should be part of the same spreadsheet as the books, as I sort differently, but they can be in the same workbook.
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