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Re: [emacs-humanities] Emacs as a library manager

From: M . ‘quintus’ Gülker
Subject: Re: [emacs-humanities] Emacs as a library manager
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2021 21:48:42 +0100

Am 03. Februar 2021 um 22:25 Uhr +0000 schrieb Luis Henriques:
> For a long time now I've been in the quest for a perfect solution for
> managing my (physical) books.  Basically, I want to keep track of the
> basic metadata associated with a book (title, subtitle, author, genre,
> publisher, etc).

The most simple solution would just be a table in org mode probably.
You do not have to learn much syntax. Org is smart enough to properly
align tables, so you can just start with

    |Some wonderful title|John Doe|Printed Books, Inc.|

and you can just hit TAB, and it will nicely align things into

    | Title                | Author   | Publisher           |
    | Some wonderful title | John Doe | Printed Books, Inc. |
    |                      |          |                     |

. This approach does not need any third party tools and can even be
exported nicely as PDF if you want a physical list. Where it breaks
down is if you want to store lots of metadata. Org can deal with
horizontally long lables, but it becomes quite hard to read.


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