CSV stands for Comma-Separated-Values. Its filename extension is .csv or .txt, and it is a container for database information organized as field separated lists. You can read more on CSV on Wikipedia.
Book Library (book lending software) uses a separated values list where the separator character is a pipe character or |
In the Admin backend, go to Components -> Book Library -> Import/Export and then click on the Export tab.
With the dropdown boxes, choose CSV as the Export Type and which Category to export from.
CSV Export in the backend
Now click the Export Books button in the top bar. You will see the following page:
CSV Export Result in the backend of Book Library
By clicking on the link, you can save the export file you just made to your local workstation. Change the name to reflect the category you are exporting
CSV export will contain all fields for further editing in a text editor or spreadsheet.
But please note that for subsequent import, only the following CSV format is supported:
BookID | ISBN | Title | Authors | Manufacturer | Release date | Language | Hits | Rating | Price | Url | Image Url | Edition | Ebook Url | Information from | Date | Price unit | Owner email | Number of pages | Comment
So, if you want to import later including Book Descriptions and Book Reviews, use XML export instead!
Importing CSV to Excel/Libre Office Calc
Result of Importing CSV file to Libre Office Calc
It is a good idea to add a top row with column description if you are going to edit the fields for later import (already done in the example above).
Now you can edit the file to your liking, and then export it again to CSV when you're done. After that, you can import it again if you want.
In a next article we will show how to create a CSV for quick import of many books using only ISBN. This will allow you to import a large list of books and save a lot of time.
It is a good idea to do exports of your book categories every now and to keep them safe somewhere as a backup. This is certainly a good plan before changing BookLibrary, Joomla book lending software, version for example with an upgrade. With a small note of your Book Category names and these exports, you can always restore your BookLibrary content easily.
In the next article we will look at XML export