Review: Libib

Star rating guide

Each star here means something specific:
Can you easily get books in?
Can you easily get books out?
Can you organize your books?
Does it tell you when your friends add a book, or finish one?
Is there a phone app?

A green-glowing star signifies a standout feature.

Libib
libib.com

Can you easily get books in?
Yes!

Libib has a rather nice .csv importer. It lets you map incoming fields to Libib record fields.

Imports run in the background, and you get an email when it's complete. Mine took about 10 minutes to finish.

It imported all but 42 books. The email included a nice list of all the ones that didn't import:
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Can you easily get books out?
Yes!

There's a .csv download option, though it's not easy to find: "Settings -> Libraries -> Export Library".
Can you organize your books?
Yes, but it's not great. Specifically, there's no way to distinguish to-read and not-yet-read books. This is a real problem.

The import process has a field for "completed_date", so the site knows which books I've read. But this isn't exposed in the UI at all

Libib has a "status" field on its books, which holds started/complete/not-begun state.

This field is NOT part of the import mapping, so it's blank even for books with completed date.
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Confusingly, you can add lots of statuses by hand.
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Libib does let you search your collection. It has tags and groups, though the difference is extremely unclear.
Does it tell you when your friends add a book, or finish one?
Unknown. You can't invite anyone outside the app.
Is there a phone app?
There sure is!
 
Libib General impressions
Libib has potential. It's marketed as a cataloging tool for more than just books.

For instance, you might have a separate library to catalog your video games. Or the herbs in your herb garden.

If you're a Goodreads refugee, Libib will feel unfamiliar. The data mapping and social features are far from a perfect match.