This is a new application (for MacOS-X) by Delicious Monster that was just released. It is a interesting application from a MicroContent point of view and is related to OpenReviews. This application allows a user to create a library of the books, CD’S, DVD’s or games that he owns. By entering a UPC or ISBN-number the relevant information is entered through a link with Amazon.com. The user can manage who he lends an item to. The application presents a three-pane (three columns) interface reminiscent of other MicroContent clients. The left pane shows the lists, in this case called bookshelves. The middle pane shows the items on the bookshelf, either presented as thumbs of the cover images or as a list. The user can specify what metadata of the books is seen in the list. And the right pane shows the information of a single item. This can be information of the book, aggregate information (recommendations) and user information.
And in the latter information is where the MicroContent comes in. This is information generated by the user. The fact that a user owns a certain item is already information. Adding a rating, review, purchase price, purchase location, etc. is relevant MicroContent. This information might be called an OpenReview of owned (media) items. This application is a great way to manage your media and related MicroContent.
But is tis a MicroContent client? No it is not. It does not allow me to publish my OpenReviews on my weblog. It does not allow me to subscribe to OpenReview feeds. I would love to see my Amazon wish-list on my bookshelf in Delicious Library. And I would love to subscribe to other reviewers. And what about integration with other bookshelves (The Public Library, My Friends, etc) through Rendez-Vous.
Anyway this is a very interesting application, especially for a first version. I am very curious how this application will evolve. I will keep an eye on it and might even use it.