When I was a teenager I wanted a job at Target. Not because they paid well, or had good discounts, or even because I liked the clothes. Nope. It was because they were the first to have those little point and shoot barcode scanners. I WANTED A BARCODE SCANNER.
Yeah, I know. I’m weird.
I never did get to work at Target. (My first paying job was rattling a tin on a street corner, but that’s another story).
They did, however, eventually invent self-checkout. Bunnings was the first store I came across to have the point and shoot scanners. Sausages and shooting scanners: what more could you ask for?
So it was with more than a little excitement that I discovered Goodreads had invented an app that scans book barcodes.
I’ve dabbled with Goodreads in the past, but not to a large extent. I have shelves filled with books and figured one day it might be kinda nice to catalogue all the books I’ve kept so I can recommend them to other people. One day.
Having moved 11 times in 9 years, I’ve culled my collection of weighty tomes significantly. My criteria for the books I’ve hung onto:
- Would I re-read the book?
- Would I lend it to someone else?
On Sunday I downloaded the Goodreads app and indulged my inner Target check-out chick. You can see the result over at my Goodreads Bec’s Books bookshelf.
I’ll keep adding more as I dig them up from the various corners of my house (and under my bed, in a handbag I haven’t used since last year, up the top of my wardrobe, under piles of papers…).
The really fabulous thing is I can also add all the books I’ve read as ebooks and audiobooks – all on the same virtual bookshelf. Welcome to 2016!
Plus a funky Goodreads sidebar thingy
While I was over at Goodreads plotting to sort my books further by genre and date published I also found some funky code to pop a Goodreads widget on the blog here. If you’re on the desktop it should be to your right. If you’re on mobile just keep scrolling down 🙂
Feel free to pop back for regular recommendations! It updates automatically with my 6 most recent recommendations.
Do you like barcodes? How do you organise your bookshelf?