Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
Why did I think of that?

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.

user:
pass:
register,


             

Bookshelf DataBase

  (+3, -1)
(+3, -1)
  [vote for,
against]

The purpose is to identify the most popular books on the planet.

A person takes a photo(s) of their book shelf and uploads it into an online database (anonymously if so desired). Text recognition software reads the book titles on the spines and enters them into a database.

EDIT: Apparently the rest of this is already fully baked... so my invention ends with the Scanning of the Bookshelf.

A person could search for the most popular books. Or, the most popular books containing a keyword ("auto", "cooking", "zebra" etc). One could also use this for recommended books - 150832 people who read "the black stallion" also read "black beauty".

Cross referencing with other databases can add meta-tags to books ("fiction", "non-fiction", "space travel" etc.) - see link for halfbaked database idea (minus bookshelf component)

In recent years, similar information can be gathered from book store sales data - but computerized information of older book sales does not exist. Also, discarded books (firewood) will be eliminated from this database.

knowtion, Mar 15 2009

Another Database Idea Internet_20Book_20Database
[knowtion, Mar 15 2009]

Delicious Library http://www.delicious-monster.com/
Book/Media collection management software, with webcam-based identification [placid_turmoil, Mar 16 2009]

(?) LibraryThing www.librarything.com
List and review your books [colorclocks, Mar 16 2009]

[link]






       I like it - I've a feeling there's may have been something discussed here before to to with analysing the contents of a photo of someone's bookshelves - and we must be on the cusp of it being an available web-utility (upload your bookcase, and we'll tell you what you've got type deal) which would attract millions.
zen_tom, Mar 16 2009
  

       ...my bookcases always have a lot of dust...
xandram, Mar 16 2009
  

       Baked. LibraryThing doesn't have the text recognition from photo thing, but it has everything else.
colorclocks, Mar 16 2009
  
      
[annotate]
  


 

back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle