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There's got to be a way to do this...

by Joel Spolsky
Monday, August 21, 2006

Here's what I want to be able to do.

We've got a ton of books in the Fog Creek library, in no particular order, and it's gotten to the point where it's actually easier to order a new copy of a book from Amazon than to find a book we already have!

What I'm looking for is software that will let me scan in the barcodes on all these books, you know, with the ISBN numbers, and then it will look them up online somewhere and download card catalog information and the Library of Congress number, and add this information to a database, and print out a little sticker on the spot with a card catalog number that I can put on the spine so that the books can be shelved like in a real library, and found again easily.

Do you know of anything that can do this?

 


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