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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.


I think Amazon is more or less doing what you want. Check out this link for example, http://www.amazon.com/Sorcerers-Apprentice-Nicolas-Cage/dp/B002ZG99KO/ref=sr_tr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1278528100&sr=1-1 for the Movie the Sorcerer's Apprentice (a movie coming out soon). If you login to your Amazon account you can add a notification request of ...


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.


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.


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.


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.

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