Drag & Drop

You can use drag & drop to catalog older titles that may not have an ISBN, UPC or LCCN, you can also catalog titles as you surf the web.

Suppose you are surfing the web in Firefox, Safari or IE. Checking the new releases section of Barnes & Noble you find a new album by a favorite artist. This is a must have item so you want to add it to your Readerware music database. Simply drag the page from your browser and drop it onto ReaderwareAW. The album (or book or video), is now cataloged, it's that simple.

Let's take a closer look. In the location bar of your browser you will find a little icon that you can drag. You may have already used this technique to add a shortcut to your desktop. The location and image of this icon varies from browser to browser and platform to platform:

To import the contents of the current browser page into Readerware, simply drag the icon from the browser to the Readerware drop target icon, the Drag & Drop button at the end of the search bar:

To perform the drag & drop, click on the drag icon in your browser, hold the mouse button down and move it until you are over the Readerware drop target. The mouse pointer will change to indicate that Readerware will accept the drop. Finally release the button. Readerware will popup a dialog while it reads the data, extracts the information and adds the item to your database.

That's it, you're done, you have just added a new book, album or video to your Readerware database.

Drag and Drop Tips

Believe it or not, it can get even easier.

Most browsers support the ability to drag a link, so you can catalog a book without actually displaying the page in your  browser.

Imagine you are still on that new releases page at Amazon. You see that new album, you could click on it to display the detail page, listen to some samples maybe and then catalog it by dragging it to ReaderwareAW.

But there are some titles you just have to have. So you can simply drag the link from the new releases page and drop it onto ReaderwareAW. ReaderwareAW will retrieve the contents and catalog it even though you can't see it in your browser.

Drop Actions

So far we have been adding new items to the Readerware database by dropping the page onto Readerware but there are a number of actions you can perform using drag and drop:
Hold down the Ctrl+Shift keys as you drag and drop, Readerware will display the drop action popup menu when you drop the item:

Readerware drop action popup menu

Using the clipboard

Most browsers support drag and drop but there are some exceptions. If you cannot drag and drop from your browser to Readerware, you can use the clipboard instead. Start by selecting the URL in your browser and copying it to the clipboard. Select the Edit->Copy menu item in your browser. There are typically other more convenient ways to do this, but they will vary by browser.

Now switch to Readerware. Instead of dragging the URL to the Readerware drop target, the Drag & Drop button, right click on the button. Mac OS X users should control click on the button. The drop action popup menu will be displayed. Select the appropriate action and Readerware will retrieve the URL or file and process it just as if you had used drag and drop.

Supported Sites

You cannot drag from just any site, Readerware needs to know how to find and extract the data from the web page. For a complete and up to date list of supported sites go to http://www.readerware.com/userhome, pick the appropriate category, books, music or video, and then look at the drop down list of supported sites.

Searching the Web from Readerware

You can also search the web from within Readerware. Click on one of the Web search menu items and Readerware will open your browser automatically and take you to the appropriate Readerware search page.

The Readerware search page is an easy to use page that enables you to search any of the supported sites. The Readerware search pages offer:

So the Readerware search pages are a great starting point for your web searches. You can also use them outside of Readerware, just bookmark one or more of the pages, you can even make one of them your home page. Each page has  instructions on how to bookmark the page etc.

The Readerware search pages are:

Readerware Search Home Page: http://www.readerware.com/userhome/
Readerware Book Search Page: http://www.readerware.com/userhome.rwsearch.html
Readerware Music Search Page: http://www.readerware.com/userhome/awsearch.html
Readerware Video Search Home: http://www.readerware.com/userhome/vwsearch.html

These pages also contain the Readerware news flash, alerting you to the latest releases and newest features. Another good reason for visiting them often.


Readerware offers a very convenient and easy way to catalog your books as your surf the web, just drag and drop! The Readerware search pages make it easy to find what you are looking for.

But you don't have to use the Readerware search pages, use you favorite search engine. It doesn't matter how you get to the page, once you have displayed an item at any one of the supported sites, simply drag it to Readerware and it is cataloged. It's that simple.

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