Beanbag Book Cataloguing

October 17, 2006 at 3:23 pm 2 comments

A recent visitor to my blog, left a comment under my review of the well known Tellico software for Linux. Ankur Gupta is a talented developer in India who has been working on his own book cataloguing software called Beanbag. On the whole, his base application looks fairly promising for general collectors but its strengths offer little to the rare book trade. From the post on his own blog, he has gone to tremendous effort to tie into external sources such as Amazon to assist in cataloguing items. That said, much of the information provided by the Amazon service applies to more general collections than rare book collections. And with this in mind, the software will not fly among rare book collectors.

However, there are a number of great features that he seems to  have implemented and to see that the application has been developed in QT4, certainly brings a warm glow to my techie heart. Unfortunately, without a download link for the source code, or even a binary, it is very difficult to provide a fair review of his software.

Nonetheless, I would like to offer him lots of encouragement. I would also suggest that he could probably offer a lot to the Tellico project if he really did want to pursue any open-source development. I know that Tellico is working on a QT4 version of their application at the moment and that they’re considering providing a SQL backend to the product.  I’m sure they could do with the development expertise that Ankur seems to have on offer. If Tellico could move to a SQL backend, I believe that it would instantly gain some credibility for use among rare book dealers. And with a QT4 backend, I don’t believe that it would be all that difficult to port to other operating systems.


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  • 1. Ankur  |  October 19, 2006 at 8:23 am

    Good Day … Thanx for the kind words … can u please let me know by email what are the needs of a rare book collector … what does he look for in a desktop cataloguing software … I have a friend to whom I have passed on the beanbag code for his final sem project … he intends to complete what i left out and may be he could consider the requirements of a rare book collector …

  • 2. Manasys  |  October 20, 2006 at 9:20 am

    Indeed, if you could also forward that list of requirements to me I would be grateful. Im in the process of developing open source book cataloguing software and my interest in book collecting means I would like to include functionality for the collector/dealer.

    Great blog BTW



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