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This database driven book catalogue includes all of the fiction books in my collection that I have read apart from a (fairly small) "incoming" pile. I haven't bothered cataloguing my non-fiction books or the large drawer full of books I haven't read yet. The web interface is a work in progress (and has been for quite some time).
The interface right now is extremely simple: a list of all the authors who have written or co-written at least one of the books in my collection, and a list of the genres (note that I've used "mainstream" as a genre- not technically correct but never mind) of which I have at least one example. Follow any of the links and you will be taken to a page with all books by that author or in that genre. Currently the results are not divided into sub-pages so the result page can be massive. In the case of books with more than one author, the book will appear in all of the co-author's book lists.
This is where I keep my fiction collection (larger picture). I designed and built it myself from solid pine. Unfortunately it isn't big enough: the seven shelves all have two rows of books on them, and I had to put the oversized books on top. This lack of space is one of the main reasons I almost never buy hardback fiction books: they nearly always take up much more room than the paperback. They're also less convenient to carry around and read in the bath, not to mention being quite a bit more expensive. Incidentally, I also designed and made the small single cylinder oscillating steam engine on the second shelf down.
I use a Handspring Visor Edge with Weasel Reader on it to read my eBooks. Weasel's converter program takes a plain ASCII file and puts it into a compressed database format which allows you to add bookmarks and annotations. Unfortunately many publishers haven't yet realised that honest customers are willing to pay for books and dishonest ones aren't, and DRM doesn't do a thing to change that. If I wanted to I could buy DRMed eBooks and crack them (like the pirates do) so that I could read them on my PDA, but I don't want to encourage the continuing use of a stupid and pointless technology, and I can't really be bothered anyway. I would buy many more eBooks to read on my PDA if they were supplied as plain ASCII. The eBook showing on the screen (larger picture) is Charlie Stross's Accelerando. The lid was autographed by both Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross at Interaction, the 2005 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).
Don't bother asking me for pirated eBooks. If you want to find legal free eBooks in unrestricted formats, try Project Gutenberg, Baen, Cory Doctorow, Charlie Stross, John Scalzi, Michael Coney, Peter Watts, and Mike Brotherton.
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The catalogue currently contains 404 books by 126 different authors with a total of 133488 pages.