Manage your extensive reading lending library with BookBuddy

Do you run an extensive reading (ER) course? Do you have trouble keeping track of book in your lending library? If you said yes, to both questions then this may be the solution for you.

BookBuddy 4.0 is an iPhone and iPad, iPod Touch app. Features include:

  • barcode scanning
  • online ISBN search and save
  • backup database to the cloud (only Dropbox at the moment)
  • organize into customizable categories
  • keep track of when and to whom your books have been lent to
  • keep track of books you have borrowed from friends
  • ‘star’ books for easy access
  • status sharing on your social networks

The simply designed interface is very easy to use and navigate. The BookBuddy Lite does everything the paid version does except for a limit to 50 books. Purchase the full version for cataloguing more than 50 books. There is only one drawback: the app is, at, the time of writing USD$4.99. This is expensive when compared to other similar apps but still cheaper than many desktop-based solutions.

From an academic standpoint also it is worth the money. it means you can also use it to keep track of your personal and academic book lending libraries at the same time.

My rating:  4 out of 5

It is comparatively expensive and no barcode scanning for non-English books (you need to do a Search Online for finding book info here … hopefully for now).

Online Word Document cleaner to plain-text

Here is a nice quick simple Word “cleaner” script with source code by Jonathan Hedley. Straightforward and does what is necessary. But troublesome if one has hundreds or even thousands of documents to convert. I am still looking for a solution here.

How to save a Word 2007 document as a PDF

Microsoft Office Word 2007 now allows you to save a document as PDF. All you have to do is choose to save it as a PDF in File Type in the Save or Save as dialogue box. If you don’t see it in the File Type dropdown list you may have to get the update from Microsoft though this is usually (or should have been) done automatically.

Jacet 8000 Level Marker has moved

The Jacet 8000 Level Marker has moved to:
http://www.tcp-ip.or.jp/~shim/J8LevelMarker/j8lm.cgi

The errors I highlighted from two years ago still remain, however.

Praat

Praat is “a free scientific computer software program for the analysis of speech in phonetics”.

ConcApp 5

The concordancer software ConcApp (version 5) has now become purchaseware. It is an easy to use program recommended for those learning to use corpus and concordancers. Its best feature, though, is that it can be used for not only English and French texts but also Japanese (tested), Chinese, Thai and Russian.

While it is purchaseware it is reasonably priced (USD20 as of posting), well worth it if you are in need of concordancing in languages other than English.

The WordSmith Tools mailing list

If you use WordSmith Tools and you haven’t already become a member of Mike Scott’s WordSmith Tools mailing list then you should. Questions and queries about the program and its use can be made at this open forum. More information can be found at http://groups.google.com/group/WordSmithTools/.

Fixing the ‘Range check error’ in Range

I finally got Paul Nation’s Range program to work with my base word files, thanks to S.F..

The problem was in the fact I had unnecessary tabs and carriage returns between word families. But not having a digit after each word (like the original files) didn’t seem to affect the program’s performance.

Corsis corpus tool

Corsis (formerly Tenka Text) is a now an open source project at Sourceforge. It is a freeware designed to look and feel like the commercial software and corpus tool standard, Wordsmith Tools. For more details and download see the Corsis main page.