58 and counting

Apparently I’m just a little book magnet. Back in February, my desktop computer died. It’s a sign of the times that I delayed replacing it until this month, living off my laptop, netbook, and iPad during the interim.* None of these, however, had my book database on it.** I had it backed up (yay, me!), but I couldn’t update it. Now, with the software reinstalled and the backup loaded, I’m starting to enter all the books I’ve picked up in the past 3½ months. Which will take a while: I have bought and borrowed at least 58 print and e-books since the computer crashed. I swear it didn’t seem like nearly that many when I was getting them. And chances are that there are more e-books hiding in the back corners of my e-readers. Sure, the borrowed books eventually go back to their owners (usually libraries), but it takes just as long to enter them in the database as it does the books I own. Luckily my old barcode scanner can still be persuaded to work with this software and Windows 7, or I’d never stand a chance of catching up. (Imagine for a moment having to enter 58+ 13-digit ISBNs by hand. You may shudder now.)

Plus, I didn’t just buy and borrow books—I got rid of a few as well. Can’t wait to try to figure out how to delete those in any sort of systematic fashion, since I didn’t keep nearly as good a record of my discards as I did my acquisitions. Oops.

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*Oh, hush. True computer geeks have more computers than I do. I just don’t dump them until they’re good and dead, and lately they’ve been lasting. Except that desktop, of course.

**Wait a minute. You’re on Goodreads and LibraryThing and you’ve got a book database on your computer? Yes. Although if any one of these three ever does everything I want, I may drop the other two. Or not.

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2 thoughts on “58 and counting

  1. Laurie

    While I’m not making light of your issue of data entry catch-up, I will focus on the good news that this illustrates the successful restoration of your data files.

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    1. Silvernfire Post author

      And I’m very happy about that and that happiness isn’t coming through in this post, I admit. Although I was less panicked over the thought that those files might not have survived because I could have imported the database from LibraryThing. No, I’m mainly kicking myself (lightly!) for not keeping better track of what I was adding and deleting while the computer was down. A lesson for the future, I suppose.

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