Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Free software 14: eLibPro - book collection manager

When 'Pro' becomes a part of software name, it usually implies that you have to pay for it. But eLibPro is an exception. eLibPro is a free book collection manager. Here are the features from the official website:


  • Use tree structure to manage book categories. It has a familiar Windows Explorer-like user interface
  • Unlimited "Related Links" can be added for each book. The "Links" can be URLs, eBook files on local hard disk, or even folders
  • Use XML/XSL to display book details. Its content template and display style are completely configurable by the user
  • Most of the book's information can be retrieved from the web. It can query online ( by ISBN, or by a combination of book title, author and/or publisher
  • Multiple selection (using Ctrl, Shift or Mouse) is supported in the book list window, and the book detail window can update on the fly
  • Sort on any column in the book list window
  • WYSIWYG editor for books' "Description" and "Notes" fields
  • Drag & Drop support
  • Search in the book collection
  • "Favorites" and "Reading List" support
  • Multiple Language Interface (MUI) support
  • Native Unicode support
  • Barcode scanners are supported.
I have searched the Internet, and found some commercial softwares. In terms of the features and screenshots provided, they are not worthy of their prices. The current version of eLibPro is V1.3. The author promised to release a new version 2.x long time ago. Unfortunately, we still have to wait, wait, wait.

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