MyBookDroid - books library
Tested version: 1.2.8
Latest version: 1.5.1
Requires Android: from 2.2
Barcodes, barcodes, barcodes everywhere. These days, the almost omni-present things can be found on most products and packaging. And the harbour a lot of product related information, so that, for instance, when you pick up a book and scan the barcode, you can check out reviews, exacts details and even price comparisons.
This and more in today's review of MyBookDroid - books library.
Features & Use
Test device: HTC One S / Android 4.0
MyBookDroid - books library allows users to recognise books via ISBN and other options. Once a book has been recognised, the app displays all sorts of interesting related information, including reviews and price comparisons from the internet.
The app's other key feature is that is lets users create an overview of their own libraries in the form of a book wishlist, a list of books they've read and books they own. All this is meant to be made possible by scanning barcodes which are then recorded on the device. Now, I know exactly which books I own and which books I've read, but other users might need reminders from time to time, meaning that if you're in a bookstore and aren't sure about whether you already own/have read a book, you can scan in the code and check your library.
MyBookDroid - books library has two ways of identifying books. The most direct way is by scanning the ISBN, usually located on the back cover. The number can be scanned using the camera or entered manually. In order to scan a bar code, the app Barcode Scanner must be installed on your device. Alternatively, you may also search for keywords (title, author's name, citations).
For my test, I tried searching for a plethora of books, ranging from different scientific categories to novels and anthologies. All books were found, save for one publication from 1971. All books were listed with their title and the author's name, but additional data such as a cover image or synopsis were only available for more recent publications.
The app does not cite its information sources, which is a pity.
Aside from the general info, you can also check reviews from goordread.com.
Price comparisons are sourced from the American market.
Organise your books by tagging them as 'I own', 'Favorite' or 'Want to Buy'. You can also set up book shelves. The app automatically creates author book shelves.
Users can add more details or infos to a given book, including quotes, page references, personal notes and ratings (five star system). These personal anotions and details do not appear in the search results, unfortunately.
Syncing with goodreads.com is also possible, as is making backups in table format.
MyBookDroid - books library is a useful tool to keep a virtual catalogue of your books and/or a wish list. This part functions very well. However, some of the app's key features are hidden behind the menu button, which makes the user experience less enjoyable overall.
I'm tethering on the verge of awarding the app four stars in this category, but for now will rate it as 'good'.
Screen & Controls
The MyBookDroid - books library UI is nice and runs smoothly. The home area provides access to the features which aren't otherwise interconnected.
My biggest complaint is that many of key functions are hidden behind the menu button. This is not as user friendly as we like to see.
Optically, the app is rather pleasing if you like the whole black and white, minimal thing. All links are connected to symbols, which isn't the most modern option, IMO.
Speed & Stability
MyBookDroid - books library does well in this category—flawless performance.
MyBookDroid - books library is free and can be found in Google Play. Ads are displayed in the home area.
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