my Goodreads shelves looks like a good tracking site of what books have been read or you wish to read. You can create multiple shelves that books can be stored on, for example Sci-Fi, Reading and Read for a Terry Pratchett book. It looks books up pretty well by author or title but it had a couple of issues trying to match an ISBN number that I got from one of my books, but typing the title in worked fine (probably a different edition). It has a widget plugin for wordpress and an image or flash plugin for other blogging sites and a facebook application too. I’m using the image plugin to the left here as flash is annoying – especially if you use flashblock like me. By filling in more details about your location it will show you information about other groups in your area and also links to upcoming for book events – there is one author appearing in downtown Columbus soon.
There is an option to import books using a text file using ISBN numbers – I’m not sure how well that would integrate with a cuecat but I would imagine that people with a cuecat have already scanned their books into a database already.
Naturally RSS feeds abound for various types of book categories such as the books I am reading, that are on my shelves, authors etc.
If you give it a try, my username is Absoblogginlutely.

Electronic Discovery for Dummies review

I just finished the free Electronic Discovery for Dummies booklet that Mike McBride blogged about. It didn’t take long to read as it was 42 pages but it was quite interesting. Like Mike’s review I found the book easy to read and a good start for IT Managers or someone who may need to talk to a CEO to explain implications of IT practises. In my case it will be useful to explain the implications of mail (and data) archiving policies. Several questions have arisen lately about archiving and deleting mail to reduce the load on the mail servers. Some of the reasons for doing this is cost, but then recovering all the data from all of the backup tapes could prove far more costly. However, having a short retention time for backups seems to be acceptable as long as the company has a strict policy for this and that it is adhered to.
I’m not sure what happens or if it is possible to have different retention schemes for different users (or management levels) but I do know that whatever solution is used, the ability to stop deleting things according to the policy must be possible in the case of an ediscovery request.
I passed the book along to one of our sales people as it is a good, quick primer and should really be required minimum reading for any tech dealing with backups, restoration and deletion of software.

Published in a book

Ages ago I wrote a feature on how to backup a cpanel account. Just recently one of my clients purchased a dedicated server that uses cpanel as the website hosting manager. I purchased cpanelAric’s cpanel userguide and tutorial book to assist with learning some of the more obscure features and functions and as I was reading through the book I got to page 93 – and my site is quoted as a way to backup the system – how cool is that!
Naturally I now have to go back and make sure that the script still works and make any changes necessary.

Online Library/book list

At last, I’ve found a good online app for tracking what books I own, have read, borrowed from the library, ordered from the library etc. My Library Thing shows the four books that I had down in the basement to test with and the great thing is that adding a book is really simple. Just swiping the barcode with the cuecat scanner and the book was looked up on amazon and ready to be entered. I just had to add the tags that I wanted to use. It would be great if it showed the tags already used ala flickr, but I suspect that won’t be long in coming. The service is free for 200 books and $10 for a lifetime membership after that which sounds pretty good to me.
The widget for recent books read appears below (which I am going to have to change the styling of)

Be an author.

Chris has a very good article about Luna where you send them a word document and they produce it into a book. In Chris’s article, Pretty Pink Ponies Edition… » For those about to rawk, We publish you! – Part 1 he has screenshots of some web content he produced as a book and the quality looks really good. The prices are not bad either and luna only take 20% of any markup you make on the book. For 2p per page black and white, its cheaper than most photocopiers (but not as instant). I’m looking forward to his next couple of articles and I’m tempted to create a book for this website as a historical record but I’m not sure how much use a book containing hyperlinks is really…….

Library Elf

Library elf is a good webpage that allows you to get email notifications and rss feeds of your books that you have borrowed/waiting to borrow from the library. Although the Columbus Metropolitan Library already has email notification, the good thing about this is that you can list all the items from all your family members in one place. That way you know who has what out (or if your wife has reserved something under your library card!)
I’m still looking for a book reading tracker app and haven’t found one yet. However, this might be a good application to get started with .net

Book list suggestions.

The preceding post was because I signed up for 43 things via I was hoping that it would give me the facility to have an online list of books that I’ve read from the library along with the ability to have a list of books that I’d like to borrow/buy. However it doesn’t look like this 43things is the way to go about doing this. I guess I could always blog each book, pointing to amazon or something, but its not really a convenient way of doing things. I’m also looking at using MediaMan as a way of storing this information, with books that I’ve borrowed from the library going into a category called “From Library” and the books that I own going into another category called Own.
Mediaman is free tracking software for media and books and works fairly well and doesn’t have ads in it unlike the free version of dvdprofiler. DVDProfiler works great and was very easy to import my dvds off the barcodes on the covers, but its export routine is not usable by MediaMan as DVDProfiler decides to use its own internal version of the barcode (dropping the first and last digit).
So, has anyone got any suggestions of software/websites that will allow you to keep an online reading list? Rss feeds would be great too.