Forgot which books you have read? - Tired of buying books you already own? - Is
the book available at your local library? - Want to tell others about what you
are reading and share thoughts? There’s a BOOK CRAWLER app for
that! • "We're not exaggerating when we say Book Crawler is fo...
Most Powerful Book Database App!
I love that Book Crawler is not only an easy to use book database app for everyday use, but it really shines for those who require advanced searching and sorting, I think, based on a Google search, that even libraries use it! It’s very name “Crawler” reminds me of the database search term “metacrawler”, which is accurate, in that this app provides public library-level search and sort capabilities to expertly navigate your database for those who have large multi-genre collections and past reads. Speaking of libraries, I also love that it can search local libraries for hard to find books and let you know if they are available. That has saved me lots of drive time! It can also show Goodreads reviews for books, though I don’t really use that. Overall, Excellent book database app for novice and expert alike! Highly Recommended!
Old, slow, inaccurate and misleading
I don’t mind purchasing apps but nowhere could I find this is free for only 7 book entries before you have to pay for an upgrade. That was an annoying surprise because 7 books took me WAY too long (20-30 mins using scan feature) and now it’s a total loss because I won’t be upgrading. Given it’s been a year since an update it would be a waste of money because who knows if there will ever be another update. I like the idea of of the app. I want a place to catalog and organize my books for teaching and it’s great for that. In fact, I loved the search-ability and simplicity. Unfortunately, it’s dial-up internet slow and the barcode scanner only worked occasionally on newer books (stuff published in the last two years.) Older books didn’t seem to have that problem. I didn’t even have time to check out the other features before the upgrade was demanded. At least I didn’t waste any money. I’ll look elsewhere for a maintained/supported app for my purposes.
Exceedingly handy to keep track of books and avoid buying duplicates
I’ve been using this app for years with a very large library of books. Finding books by title or books by author is very convenient. Being able to keep a backup in Dropbox is very useful to avoid data loss. The most convenient change would be for the database on my iPhone to synchronize with the Dropbox file rather than requiring backups which take a long time and seem to be wasteful of data transmission requirements. A synchronized database would allow the database to be kept current on multiple devices rather than requiring multiple uploads and downloads.
A bit clunky...
I’ve been looking for a good app to catalogue my book collection. I don’t typically buy large press books or popular/charting books—I collect old, small press, and rare books. This isn’t really what this app had in mind when it was designed. There are a couple of things I hate. When you select a book, two things happen: the book picture becomes 3-D and looks really dumb. It’s a completely unnecessary effect. Second, the book listing, along with the horrible 3-D book hovers over the top of the screen covering the text underneath. Another weird design decision. Hope this grows on me cause it appears to be the best option on the App Store...all the others I tried were terrible messes and absolutely not useful.
Great, but needs just a tiny few tweaks
This app is fabulous, but needs just a few simple enhancements. 1. Sort by title, when viewing an author’s books. I have no idea what the default sort order is, but it’s not useful. (Ditto for the search results when searching an author’s book.) When viewing the Book list, sorted by author, it DOES alphabetize the books as I recently discovered! But when I view an author’s booklist, my purpose is to add something new. When viewing the Book list/author sort, it would be oh so perfect if you could click the author’s name to take you to the author’s pane in order to search for and add more books. I wouldn’t think this would require much programming. 2. When viewing a title, be able to click the author’s name to take you the author’s listings. See above reason - to search more by that author, or to see what else you have read. I’ve used this app for some time now and despite the gripes above, it is definitely one of the best apps on my phone and worth every penny.
I was delighted when I found Book Crawler. I knew when I came home with books that I had already read that I needed a way to keep track of the books I had read. Because this app uses color to note books that have been read, I also use it to name other books by the author that I plan to read in the future. I love the fact that the app includes a picture of each book and a summary of the story. It also allows you to add information on the book being part of a series. Best of all, Book Crawler is very easy to use.
Love this app!
One of my favorite things to do is read books, and I read them in all forms. Before discovering this app, I found myself occasionally buying books that I already owned/had read and it was super frustrating. Just wanted to say this app is fantastic!! The app allows me to organize and keep track of all my books, allows me to put in custom tags (so that I can filter even more), and I love that I can export my books list to a csv file. I brag about this app every chance I get. Keep up the great work!
I was hopeful with this and purchased it. However, the UI needs some serious updating. It feels old and very clunky. I should have looked to see when the last update occurred. It was a year ago. It freezes quite often and will not sort books as specified. The search feature when adding books really needs updating as well. I am not able to find any books using the LOCCN. We need to be able to search by date, publisher, etc. On a positive note, this app found older books better than other apps I tried out. That is primarily why I purchased it and then realized all the problems. Even the search feature to find books in the library is so faulty and confusing. Last thing as of now - it would be nice to be able to search for covers to books on the internet inside the app and add those to the book. I hope that the owner sees that the app needs improvement. I would even be willing to pay a yearly subscription if it functioned well.
Probably not going to buy.
I prefer to see my large collections in a wall mode, it doesn’t look as though this app only shows the books in any other way besides a list. I am also having trouble figuring out how to show a little less information in the main menu. There’s the title and author, along with the ISBN number, year of publication, and if the book happens to be a part of a series, it’ll have that number in there too. That’s a bit too much for me, I’d rather just see the title and author, and if for whatever reason I’d like to see the publication year, I can click on the book itself to see. Also, ten books is far too low before wanting payment.
A few shortcomings...
Support response not happening. Disappointed. Family sharing does not work as advertised. Now considering other apps. I’ve just started using the updated app and really like it. However, the user interface needs cleaning up a bit. The bright blue title font is distracting and the shelf background image does not tile through the entire page. I would like to see a few more options for displaying other details on the list. I could live with a smaller font as well. I’m reserving 5 stars for what I’m sure will ultimately be a professional, more customizable UI. Thanks for an otherwise nice app. I’ll be buying the upgrade to support the developer. :)
Good database tool, horrible help.
I’ve used this app for several years, and as a book inventory app, it’s very good. The help function, though, is a joke. Someone needed to spend some serious time and effort and provide detailed help. For ex, can I add a photo of an author if the system can’t provide one? I wouldn’t know. No help there that I could find anywhere.. And the app doesn’t appear to be able to automatically sync between devices, say an iPhone and iPad. No help there that I can find. Also, the product doesn’t appear to have been updated in a year. Zero bugs? Have we been abandoned?
Best app of its kind
As someone who loves to read and collect books, I often found myself in a dusty old bookstore trying to remember if I own the book that I’m holding in my hand. Or worse, getting home with my prized new book only to find a copy already in my library. Book Crawler has solved that problem. It’s easy to use and I’ve learned to customize the database to fit my specific needs. This is the perfect app for a book collector.
Overstated and Underwhelmed
I was excited to hear about this app and downloaded it immediately. After going through my 200+ books and inputting them, I quickly learned that not only is the info wrong, but the app frequently freezes whenever I go to change the info. I also do not like the fact that I can only put in books that I have physically. I would like to add my 1200 ebooks to my library to keep track of them, but I would have to search for each one manually. I haven’t even mentioned my vast audio library. If you have a library of less than 50 books, then maybe this app will be ok for you.
Five stars from a longtime user!
Thanks, Jaimie! I have used your app for years—possibly eight years or more—and rely on it to recall each book. I back up the app, of course, and even saved to an excel spreadsheet when ios changes seemed to get in the way a few years ago. I use this app to find locate digital books I borrow from from libraries, or bought from Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iBooks, and hardcopy or paperback books. Please keep on giving your time!
Love it! Only one complaint
I’ve used this app for quite a while. I love it. I rely heavily on the database because I don’t want to lose anything. I back up my data base once a month. I have various successes and fails. Currently, back up and export both work but for the last three months it has failed. This happens periodically. I worry that the data I enter will be lost during the ‘down’ times. Please try to keep this feature up and current.
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By Henry Newsom
Feb 20 2021
Added two new books using iPhone app, which was fine. Using Utilities, did backup and then restore to iPad app. On the iPad, the first part of the book list is duplicated. (Titles are in list twice.) Reset/deleted database with same result. I then loaded the Mac client and got the exact same result.
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