Back in July 2009, I was fretting about volume of paper catalogs that arrived in our library, lamenting the waste and limited space issues, and brainstorming about a solution in a post-ALA post. I was dreaming of an online resource, a catalog central, that would be there when I needed it, always up to date, always with a provocative reason to visit (coupons? contests? freebies? posters? bookmarks?)
Although my little dream hasn’t yet been realized in the library world, Catalogs.com now brings the larger world of shoppers a wealth of catalogs as a free interactive iPad app.
I want to shop for our library books, ebooks, audiobooks, films, databases, gadgets, supplies and furniture this way. Don’t you?
And I want to help our library vendors get this thing launched.
I see the potential for lots of lovely, green e-commerce if we work together.
(Also see this TechCrunch post.)