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[Windows] Organize e-books into an e-library with Alfa Ebooks Manager

Alfa Ebooks Manager [1]Whether you’re a bibliophile or not, it is still very important for you to properly organize your books and e-books. You need to sort them out in a way that they’re easier to locate. It’s just that it takes a lot of time to create those card catalogues and if you are not the diligent type, you’d be more than glad to look for an easier option. Well, since we’re now living in a modern era, there are already a lot of free tools that you can use to organize your books. One good example is this free paper book and e-book management software called Alfa Ebooks Manager.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

What is Alfa Ebooks Manager? It is basically a free program for Windows that allows you to organize your paper books and digital books (e-books) into its e-library. Just think of it like you’re keeping a digital book catalogue wherein you can easily browse for a particular book or e-book. So instead of creating those traditional index cards, you can simply encode or update your e-library using your computer.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

Alfa Ebooks Manager List View [2]The Alfa Ebooks Manager is a very reliable software especially if you need to organize your collection of paper books in a more systematic and hassle-free manner.

It is a great alternative for those who do not want to go with the traditional card catalogue system. Let’s just say that you have your mini-library at home and you wanted to arrange your books efficiently and in proper order. So instead of using index cards, you can just encode your book’s information on your e-library. This makes the encoding process a whole lot easier plus whenever you need to search for a particular book, you can make use of this app’s quick search tool. Of course, this does not mean that there’s already no need for you to arrange the books on your bookshelves.

Furthermore, this software is also good for organizing the e-books that you’ve already downloaded to your computer. It’s just that most of the encoding should be done manually since you cannot import any data from the web. The web update feature is only available for Lite and Pro users.

Just like any other software, the Alfa Ebooks Manager also has its good sides and bad sides. It’s good in a sense that it has a lot of options for user customizations. It has four basic viewing modes; you can customize its thumbnail view using its available templates, you can set parameters to filter your search results, etc. It is also a very stable program and it supports multiple e-book formats such as PDF, EPUB, TXT, etc.

However, it also has a couple of notable downsides. First of all, it is filled with restrictions – you cannot directly import any info from the web, you cannot add direct links to your cloud-based e-books, you cannot update your book’s thumbnail without downloading the image to your computer, etc. Second, it’s doesn’t allow you to sync the e-books that you have on your Cloud Reader. It’s like everything is in manual mode and if ever you want to access your e-library on a different computer, you need to install the Alfa Ebooks Manager software on that computer first before you can move or transfer your entire SDF database.

Conclusion and Download Link

Despite of its many restrictions, the free version of Alfa Ebooks Manager is still a good option especially if you are only looking for a simple yet very reliable tool for managing your paper book collection. You can also use this program to organize the e-books that you have stored on your computer’s hard drive but I don’t recommend this for those who are mostly reading their e-books via Cloud. You will just have a difficult time using this software. If you are looking for a good alternative, you could try BookONO [3] or Calibre [4].

Price: Free – users can upgrade to Lite ($19.95) or Pro ($39.95)

Version reviewed: 4.0.30

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (requires Microsoft .Net Framework 4)

Download size: 17.9MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/47 [5]

Is it portable? No

Alfa Ebooks Manager homepage [6]