Berbil Fruit Isn't Made of Berbils

dear god you're a nerd with too much time
dear god you're a nerd with too much time

I'm working on changing from Book Catalogue to Libib. It's not a perfect solution either, but it should allow me to use less apps, since it'll catalog books, movies, video games, and music. (Two of those I don't need, but...). Now that I don't have a smart phone with a physical keyboard, being able to do it on the computer is nice (you can also import csv files). The iphone and android apps are free - a big plus.

But enough overview.

I collect scifi magazines so I started a library called that (it was a shelf in Book Catalogue). I'm adding them manually. Because the different magazines handle their numbering differently, and some of them changed names over the years I'm handling them in slightly different ways.

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My general format is thus:

Title: [xx] Magazine Title [yy] - Year Month [Date]

Authors: Name (ed)

Description: Title with number, list of stories with their authors (still to be added...)

(And all other fields filled in as possible)

If the magazine has changed names, I put the number in [xx], if not it goes in [yy]. Numbers are two digits to maintain proper sorting. If the magazine uses volume and number, those are abbreviated to V and N.

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... I'm not yet consistent as to if I use the hyphen or not. It looks better with it, so I'll probably fix that.

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In Libib, the issues then get grouped. In Book Catalogue, I put them in a series (and I didn't have to use the issue numbers since I could set them there). I've also been adding notes from the SF Encyclopedia as well.

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I still have more work to do - adding cover images, story lists, and tags, but there you go.

There might be a better way to do this, but I haven't thought of it. Hopefully Libib will add a way to track magazines at some point.

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