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Home Remodeling With A Home Library

The dream of having a home library is one that many of us harbor. Having a quite place of your own to read and relax with your books may be something that you have thought about for years. Of course, having a room that you can devote to a library might be a lot to ask. That’s why this idea is so divine.

Asking a spouse to allow you to have an entire room devoted to your love of literature might not be in the cards but relationships and home remodeling are all about compromise. You might even find that you don’t have enough books to fill a whole library anyhow. So, what about a library nook for starters? Is there a corner or a wall with a window where you could start your library nook or cubbie?

A nice double window where you could make a window seat or a corner that is underutilized might be the perfect spot for your home library. Look around the house and make a list of different spots that you wish to claim as your starter library. Sketch out plans for each of these locations before making a decision and discuss it with your partner. Get their input and thoughts on your plans.

Once you decide on a location for your new home library, measure the space and begin making plans for your remodeling project. Usually, a rough draft is required first and then deciding upon the height of shelves comes next. Keep in mind that you may wind up with some books that are taller than others. Of course, you might wish to make all your shelved the same height to maintain the uniform look of your library.

The great thing about this remodeling project is that most of the materials do no have to be of the highest quality. You can spend the better part of your remodeling budget on trim work and molding. You might want to use premium woods such as cherry or mahogany for the face of your bookcases and trim.

Be sure to save some money out of your budget for all the little things that you’re going to want to add to your new library nook. You may want to find a comfortable chair that suits you as well as a nice lamp to light your reading area. You might also want to spend a little time browsing for new books at a flea market or your local used bookstore. Complete your library with a small table for your tea and a warm blanket and you have heaven on earth.

You see, your dream library doesn’t have to be a dream. With a little planning, some understanding from your partner and a little work you can have the library of your dreams. It doesn’t have to encompass an entire room to begin with. You can start out small and gradually take over the room. Don’t tell you partner about your plan for room domination. That’s a secret between us. Now, get to work planning that library home remodeling project of your dreams.

Google Books

Google – a virtual synonym for search engine – has seen tremendous growth in a range of online applications and services it offers to its users. With an aim to organize the world’s information and to make this vast amount of information universally accessible, Google has ventured into the area of books by launching Google Book Search. This is a search engine where users can type in a keyword and as a result, get to see the the book titles and specific page snippets where that word occurred. Though all the books can not be read fully due to copyright issues, nonetheless its a great effort the enables users to search inside books without having to actually visit a library. Let’s see what this project is about and what users can do with it:

Google has scanned thousands of book and digitized their text such that it becomes search-able. User keywords are highlighted in search results, relevant pages of books are displayed on the screen along with a few lines above and below the keyword’s presence. This allows users to make sense out of the search result and see if the results are really what was required. Renowned libraries and a large number of publishers have partnered with Google to make their collections and books ‘discoverable’ over Google. There are also plans of making out-of-print books available for sale, and providing institutional subscriptions to organizations (such as universities) which can then allow their readers (students) full and free access. Users can add books to their online library account, write reviews and share their libraries with other users. If a book is available at an online store, its name and price is displayed along with search results. Advanced search over Google Books allows users to select copyright level of the books to be searched. This includes full view, limited preview and all books (i.e. both full and limited). Full view books can be browsed online without any restriction, while limited preview may allow viewing few pages only. In addition, books can be searched for specific keywords in title, author, publisher, subject, ISBN and even range of dates in which the book was published using the advanced search option.

Google Books project includes books as well as magazines. Sony has also partnered with Google to provide half a million free books for its electronic book reading gadget called Reader Digital Book. On the legal side, Google has settled a 2005 lawsuit filed by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers through an agreement reached in late 2008. The agreement is awaiting court’s approval after which not only the authors would get compensation and control over their works, but would also help expanding the market of copyrighted books by allowing them to be purchased online. All in all, Google Book Search is a massive project that lets user search full text of about 7 million books. This makes it a wonderful tool for students, researchers and those looking for some free classics such as Aesop’s Fables.

Book Collection Software That Impressed Me

If you have an extensive book collection or eBook library that you want to catalog, All My Books is the software solution that you have been looking for. If you want to keep track of your books and all of their details, as well as where they are or who they have been loaned to, then having a book collection program or an eBook library software solution is the ideal solution for you.

With book organizer software you will finally be able to keep pace with your book collection, easily categorizing and cataloging your books so that you can keep track of what books you have, where they are, and a whole lot more. It is far easier to locate one of your books in book collection software or a book catalog than to rummage through numerous bookshelves trying to find the tome that you are looking for.

Creating your own electronic book collection by hand would be a tedious process, so if you want your own book or eBook library, why not find a software solution that will guarantee the results for you? All My Books is designed to load all of the information on your books through online sources in only a few seconds. All you need to do is fill in one of the fields, either book title, author name or the ISBN for the book. Once you select the right book from the search results, the software will do the rest of the work by looking up and retrieving all of the associated information.

All My Books offers fast downloading from internet book databases, giving you the information you need about the books that you own, including full plot synopsis, reviews and a copy of the book cover. This will allow you to find the information that you need for the books that you own. You can alter the visual appearance of your library using skins with HTML templates that are editable. Each book that you have in your database has its own book card, with a large number of starting standard fields including title, author, ISBN, genre, publishing house information, binding style, number of pages, location, number of copies, rating and much more. This will allow you not only to find the books you need, but also keep all of their vital statistics in one neatly organized place for easy retrieval.

You can also create your own fields, with the capability for an unlimited number of additional text and Boolean user defined fields, as well as the capability of statistical information for the book collection itself in addition to the books themselves, allowing you to keep statistics for genres, authors, bindings and so on. Using specified search criteria you can quickly search for titles and other information using both standard and user defined fields to locate the specific books that you are looking for in your collection, making keeping your collection of print books or eBooks much easier than ever.