My wife is a teacher and a writer. Not necessarily in that order. That means our household is paper bound. We have books, more books, and dozens of notebooks, and binders full of papers, research papers, and more paper.
So much for the paperless society, right? Is there a way to manage all those books and documents? And, can the effort save a few trees in the process? The good news is, yes. And the bad news is, well, no.
Here in the 21st century we use digital tools to manage atoms.
Manage A Library Of Paper With iLibrary
We use iPhoto to manage our digital photos. We use iMovie to edit and manage our movie clips. Even iTunes still manages all our tunes. What about the atoms that make up books and papers?
How about iLibrary? Think of an app just like iTunes or iPhoto, but for books, papers, bibliographic references, newspapers, articles, journals, and other atom-based materials.
Oh, and iLibrary also stores and manages digital materials, too.
What you’ll like about iLibrary is the ability to capture and track all those important papers and books. It even searches for references from Google Books to add to your library.
What you won’t like about iLibrary is all the upfront work it takes to build the library in the first place.
Otherwise, iLibrary truly is like iTunes for books and papers.
It’s as if you already know how to use iLibrary. The left Sidebar lists everything in your library (just like iTunes).
Repositories like Google Books are a click away. Create your own reference lists and add detailed document information to each one.
Although it’s more of a tool for educators and researchers, iLibrary has some fancy touches, too.
Not only does it search the internet for references and documents, you can share them with others using the built-in BibTeT export, of the iLibrary XML export (and import, if you’re sharing documents).
iLibrary includes templates for the Book Section and Magazine Article reference section.
And, for your inner librarian, the latest version has the Chicago Manual Style of bibliography format, the Turabian format, and Vancouver citation styles.
From the For What It’s Worth Department, iLibrary is a better concept for a library app, than an actual app. It’s quirky. Sorting is odd. Search doesn’t always work. The user interface isn’t easily configurable. Worse, there’s no trial version, which is mandatory for an app with iLibrary’s price tag.