Mufridah and Jamie,
You both asked for feedback about Intelliscanner.
I purchased my Intelliscanner about 4 years ago. I immediately began cataloging all of my books. It is a wonderful tool because you can just scan the barcode on the book, and it automatically recognizes the author, publisher, title, and a variety of additional information depending on the book. It even finds a picture of the cover for many books.
However, there are some things that I did not like about it. First of all, the titles were not always like I wanted them to look. Since I wanted my books to be in alphabetical order, I didn't want book titles to begin with The, A, etc. When that happened, I had to edit the title. Also, when I originally kept track of my books in an Excel document, I always entered the title of a series book by listing the title of the series followed by the specific title of the book. That way kids could easily find all of the books I had in a particular series when looking up books in my Excel "Card Catalog." When using Intelliscanner, I found that I ended up having to edit the title way too often.
When using Excel, you can organize your book information anyway you like. For instance, if I want to know all of the books I have by a certain author, I could easily choose to reorganize my book list by author. This was not a feature in my version of Media Collector (the software that comes with the Intelliscanner).
Another problem with Intelliscanner/Media Collector is that every book is not in their database. When that happened, I just added the book myself. Many books did not have pictures for the title, so I ended up scanning them in because I wanted to have the book covers visible for every book when I printed out the pages. I do LOVE that feature! I also found it easy to add new categories like level, library location, etc.
I should point out that Intelliscanner has made many updates to their product and has increased their database since I purchased the product. I am guessing that many of the problems I ran into have been solved or at least improved.
I do think it will save you some time, but it is not as efficient as it may seem.
I hope my advice is somewhat helpful!
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