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Book Crawler

By Jaime Stokes

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Forgot which books you have read? Tired of buying books you already own? Not sure what to checkout at the library? Want to tell others about what you are reading and share thoughts?

Welcome to Book Crawler- the HIGHEST RATED book database in the App Store based on hundreds of professional and user reviews! With Book Crawler, you finally have a way to quickly and accurately upload your entire book collection into one easy-to-manage library cataloging database! Adding new books to your database is simple and fast with the ISBN barcode scanner or manual number search. Title, author, publisher, copyright, cover art, summaries, Goodreads ® reviews, and local library location/availability are automatically generated when you enter a book. World’s first location-aware app helps you share and discuss books with others near you. Locate all books and editions written by your favorite author. Sort and search your library collection with selected or custom parameters to quickly categorize or navigate your entries for quick recall. It’s a great tool for library professionals, book collectors, avid readers, teachers, and students!

-- Featured in the iTunes App Store's "What's Hot" list for Books apps in multiple countries for the past two years! --

Note: Book Crawler is not an e-Reader and does not allow you to read books.


* "We're not exaggerating when we say Book Crawler is for the book obsessed" -FOX News Channel, Tapped-In

* "So useful..." –The Huffington Post

* "A full-featured book cataloging program packed with thoughtful features" –148Apps

* "A must have for any book lover" –PadGadget

* "Book Crawler has the most pleasing user interface and provides the most flexibility to customize your library" –TouchMyApps

* "Contains so much information that you will hardly ever have an inquiry it wouldn’t be able to answer" –iPadsHouse


*Proven performance: currently supporting users with 10,000+ book entries

*Harness the power of Google Books ® to support searches, book summaries, and downloadable cover artwork

*View what others around you are reading and partake in discussions using the new Community feature

*View/Post Goodreads ® reviews for your books, and download your library

*Purchase books through iBooks ®

*Locate books available for checkout at nearby libraries; Featured Partnership with OCLC WorldCat ®

*Use Dropbox ® service or email to import CSV and SQLite files

*Supports ASIN format for logging Amazon Kindle ® e-books

*Upload books using integrated ‘ZBar’ ISBN barcode scanner, or ‘pic2shop’. (ZBar not available for iPad2) Batch scanning support for multiple entries

*Link to your favorite e-Book reader to read digital copies

*'Smart Collection' function allows you to customize sorting and searches based on rules you set (e.g. books read in the last year, by genre, etc.)

*Share your favorite books via Twitter, Facebook, & Goodreads; or by emailing them to your friends

*New entries automatically load title, author, artwork, genre, series, ISBN, publisher, format, and copyright for most books

*Sort and view your database by title, author, copyright, date, decimal, genre, collection, rating, if read/when, ownership status, media format, series information, loan status, price, or customizable fields

*Enter multiple books by author or multiple authors for a book

*Detailed in-app user guide


New features and improvements are continuously added to make Book Crawler the most useful book cataloging database available! We make every effort to provide expedient and personalized customer service, should you have a question or issue.

What's New in Version 5.7

Lighten color of search bar when editing publisher and series.
Added locked attribute to prevent updates from automatic searches.
Hide authors that were merged into another author.
Always display search bar.
Corrected default switch/own values.

Database model upgraded to support new fields (locked and hidden) -> new database file created will not be backwards compatible with older versions of BC. If you are using this app in conjunction with a Mac Desktop version, that app will need to be updated to 1.3 as well.


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Customer Reviews

Very good app

I have been using the app for three or four years. I have over 3,000 books so it's essential if I am to avoid buying duplicates at a library sale or even online, if I'm not sure where I might have shelved a volume. Re: complaints about lack of multiple categories, grade level, etc: you can assign as many customized tags to a book as you want, and then search on the tag. Jaime has made a good tradeoff between putting too many fields in the database and supporting user flexibility. You're not paying Microsoft prices for this, after all
One caution: I started out taking pictures of my books and continued to do so for the old ones even after you could search and download web versions. But w 3000 books it stumbled. So I used the app's option to downgrade the resolution of existing photos and I only use available search-returned photos now. It's okay but still a little baulky at times--I suspect because of the number of records and remaining photos.
Jaime has always been very responsive.

A Thorough App, even better if...

I wish I could put a book in more than one collection, for example, "audiobooks" and "have read". I find the collections feature the fastest way to access various groupings of my books, and have seen one movie-listing app that allows this, very handy (though that app is no longer available in the App Store). I know there is a separate field for "type of book" and even "have read", but again, one list of categories in which one book may join several of, that would be great.
I like that I can have an abbreviated view of my lists without the book covers, I'm able to see more. Scanning and search features are great. I haven't made friends with the "Authors" category, as when I imported one book of collected essays by many writers, the 30 or so authors are all listed separately in this category as authors. I just would like to have recorded only the author(s) or editor(s) of each book I have entered, or each author I have entered.

Very Powerful

My favorite features are the powerful database querying, and list grouping. Combine the two for some powerful db goodness: make 'smart' Collections with Boolean logic and then select a tab to further group your lists by any field in your records. The next best feature of the app is the capability to define custom fields. With custom fields, smart collections, and grouping-tabs, this app is as powerful as building a custom FileMaker database but way more convenient due to all the other stuff packed into this app just for book management (reviews, book info lookup, camera scanning of ISBN, etc.). Yes, there are some bugs (hence 4 vs 5 stars) but I have yet to find a better way to manage my library on my iPhone and iPad. I haven't tried the Mac app since the iOS app does everything I need.

Book Crawler
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Books
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  • Version: 5.7
  • Size: 12.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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