3.5 / 5
4 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Collectors, Libraries, Schools, Churches, Corporations

Average Ratings

4 Reviews

  • 3.5 / 5

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
  • Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Readerware
  • Founded 1999
  • United States

About Readerware

Library management, inventory and database solutions for collectors, booksellers, schools, churches and libraries.

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Readerware Features

  • Acquisition Management
  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Church Libraries
  • Circulation Management
  • Fee Collection
  • Inventory Management
  • Law Libraries
  • OPAC
  • Periodicals Management
  • Private Libraries
  • Public Libraries
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • School Libraries
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Serials Management

Readerware Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Great for home and specialty libraries, great support included

May 22, 2015

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This is a great, well thought out program, and a terrific value, with quick support.

It's available for Mac or PC, and we used the Mac version that has server ability. That is, you can have it running on one computer, and access it from up to 5 other computers or tablets or phones at the same time. You can also access it away from home, on a smartphone, though we couldn't get that to work at our office, because our comcast cable modem's firewall.

We used it for our school's small library of 1000 volumes. You can use a bar code scanner to scan in the codes that most books of the last twenty five years have and it will automatically find the basic info on the book, including Dewey and Library of congress numbers.

You can print spine labels, though this took us a while to figure out, it worked better after we got a dymo label turbo printer, though we've had trouble with that too, although that seems to be a problem with the Dymo. Printing became a lot easier after an upgrade. Updates are frequent and include both fixes and new features, and there's no charge for them.

The support level for such an inexpensive program is very impressive. When we had a question we had an email response in an hour or two.

Eventually, as we've moved to needing to use this more as a school library than as a private collection, we've decided to go up a level to another program, as we can't do subject searches without entereing the info for each book manually first. Other more expensive programs can pull this MARC data in automatically. but we still may continue using this program for video DVDS etc.

Excellent program for a home library

May 10, 2019

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not

Pros: It is very easy to use. It also has a handheld version I have on my phone so I always have my inventory with me.

Cons: Reports are a bit difficult to create. Support is very good and fast though.

Overall: I have been using Readerware for many years, maybe as long as 10. It works well for both small and large collections of books. I currently have over 5,000 in the system. When you get a new book, you can scan the ISBN number( or input by hand) and it will search whatever locations you have set up such as Amazon, Library of Congress, Powell's bookstore etc. It will pull up the book info and when you have finished adding one or more books and it had input info you can add your own notes such as price paid, where purchased, condition etc. I love it.

I've found it EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING because track information is NOT imported for far too many CDs

Jul 03, 2018

3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: PROS: The software is EASY to use. Searches are EASY - IF THE DATA IS THERE*. Important information is at your fingertips with just a few keystrokes - IF THE DATA IS THERE*. Readerware recently added the ability to fairly easily import data from Discogs; BUT Discogs is NOT complete.

Cons: All too often, data downloaded from various sites does NOT include TRACK data (names, artists, composers). SELDOM are tracks downloaded for classical CDs. If you buy European CDs, data is often composed ONLY of CD title and maybe an image and NOTHING else, IF AT ALL. There is a MUCH BETTER source of CD information accessible by inserting the CD into your computer and the software accessing a service called "Gracenote." Readerware seems to refuse to add this capability to their software! Even when classical CD data is downloaded, composer info is ferquently placed in wrong categories making searches worthless!

Overall: years of frustration, aggravation and wasted time doing manual entries!

Good program BUT...

Dec 25, 2015

4 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I tried the program and was hooked. It is very easy to use. I am not good with computers yet I found it easy to use. I enjoyed the tutorials. I BOUGHT the program after reading that the bundle package that I bought offered the lending program WITH what I purchased. After filling in 1 name, I get this message that I have to upgrade and BUY another $50 product key to use it! I can't find any place online to contact these people to ask what's up with this? I am frustrated that I have been lead on and let down. I've spent good money and more than I had wanted to just to find out they don't give you all they say they will.

I also put in the ISBN #s to 2 popular books just to have them not be found. It worked great while I was trying it out. Now that I've bought it... I fear I've made a costly mistake.

Good luck finding a program that meets your needs.