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Software for Booksellers and Book Collectors

BookTrakker Pro - Windows 95, 98, or NT, Intel Pentium MMX or AMD K6 300MHz Minimum. 64MB RAM Minimum. More memory means better performance. 500+ Megabytes free Hard Drive Space. Minimum 800x600 256 Colors, 65,000 Colors or better preferred.

Probably the easiest and most intuitive of the software I've tried. However, don't even think of trying to get it to run on a slow system. Things will go badly wrong. Well supported.

BookHound - Windows 98 or Macintosh OS 7.1, 8MB hard drive space, 15 inch monitor at 800X600 or 832X634 Mac. 17 inch monitor preferable.

An excellent system, though I found it less than intuitive at first. However, once you figure it out, it has all the bells and whistles. Not as customizable as BookTrakker, but runs well on slower systems.

BookMinder Software 3.0 - for Macintosh, Windows 3.1 (with WIN32S), Windows 95 and Windows 98. Does not appear to be a downloadable demo, though there are samples of various functions.

Booklist cataloguing software - For any version of Windows from 3.1 upwards, on a 486DX with a minimum of 8Mb RAM memory. However, for best results, a Pentium with at least 16Mb RAM memory is recommended. No downloadable demo. Very reasonable cost.

HomeBase - any PC running Windows 3.1, 3.11 or 95. A 386 class computer with at least 4 mega-bytes of free disk space is the recommended minimum configuration. Free download.

A surprisingly functional database which is well supported by ABE. Everything that's critical to selling online is here. And it's free.

Readerware - an interesting tool with a lot of promise. It allows you to enter an ISBN number, either by hand or with a barcode scanner. It then goes out and searches the Library of Congress, British Library, Amazon, and any number of other book sites for bibliographic information on the book. It uses a database which is exportable. The process of exporting the records to your database can be rather fiddly.

Auction Software

Auction Submit Is free, and works quite well. Covers eBay and Amazon Auctions, as well as their own Shoporium mall.

AuctionWatch also has an online Auction Manager that allows you to maintain your auctions. has a feature that allows you to track pricing trends within specific auction categories. You do need to register to get access, but it's free.


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