Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Are there any webapps that can keep track of collections? I have a large library of books and DVDs and I would like some way to keep track of what I have and what I have loaned out to friends. Does anyone know of a web app that could help me?

share|improve this question

closed as off topic by Eight Days of Malaise, Al E., phwd Sep 25 '12 at 1:20

Questions on Web Applications Stack Exchange are expected to relate to web applications within the scope defined by the community. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about reopening questions here.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

This is similar to: webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/1332/… – Senseful Jul 4 '10 at 17:01
Except for the "social" component of the other question – jfoucher Jul 4 '10 at 17:04
The need to keep track of loans is also unique to this question. – ChrisF Jul 7 '10 at 20:19

13 Answers 13

up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can use OpenDB. You would need to host it yourself, but it should be easy to get running on any basic Apache+PHP capable computer. GoDaddy also offers it as an installable application on their hosting plans.

share|improve this answer

If you're comfortable using a site just for books, I've always loved LibraryThing.com. They also have a tagging mechanism that I've used to keep track of books that are loaned out - e.g. tag them "loaned out" and "loaned to X" and then you can easily look at all books in the "loaned out" tag and see who has them.

share|improve this answer

Disclosure: I work at Ragic

You can try to build one yourself with Ragic. Just create data forms like you would on Excel or other types of spreadsheets, and it becomes an online database for you to enter and search for records.

share|improve this answer

On the books side of your question. I'd strongly suggest Goodreads.

I used LibraryThing for a while but the site design is not great (a bit unintuitive) so I switched to Goodreads after it was voted top of Lifehacker's Hive Five and have been very pleased with it so far.

share|improve this answer

From what I could find so far, listal.com looks pretty good and allows you to manage various media types as well as record who you loaned each item to.

Edit : An answer to a question I asked reminded that you could also use GuruLib : a lot of very good features, although I don't like it's design.

share|improve this answer

Flickchart keeps track of the movies you've seen and the movies you haven't seen by way of giving you movie matchups to rank your taste in movies over time. After ranking films for a while. it will also tell you exactly how many films you've seen in your lifetime, and how much of your life you've spent watching movies.

share|improve this answer

For books… http://readernaut.com/

share|improve this answer


download this app and install -- It keeps track of the movies, books, music and all other things

share|improve this answer
This is Windows software, not a web application. Check out SuperUser – Rebecca Chernoff Aug 30 '10 at 12:49

You should really give a chance to Moviez.4pu . It's very statistical. You can see which of the IMDB top 250 you own/saw (The list is updated weekly). Also stuff like what's your favorite horror movie, who is your favorite actor and much much more.

share|improve this answer

I use iheartmovies for movies (also tracks loans) and anobii for books.

I've been thinking a lot of time about creating a db from myself, which could track exactly what I want, but these two platforms behave almost as I wanted, so there is no need to reinvent the fire...

share|improve this answer


Organize your Movie/TV, Music, Game or Book collections.

List your owned, watched, read or played items and share with friends.

share|improve this answer

Or maybe you can use Google Tasks with deadlines to remind yourself who owes you what, when. I personally find that inputting books/media is a hassle on these type of sites.

share|improve this answer

BillMonk does exactly that. It also allows you to split bills with your friends and keeps track of everything.

share|improve this answer
Completely unrelated answer – George Jul 8 '10 at 8:09
@George, care to explain? BillMonk helps keep track of collections of DVDs, Books and whatever you want. – mbillard Jul 8 '10 at 12:42

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.