A few years ago I learned of Eat Your Books - a website that serves as a master index for your own cookbooks and favorite online recipes sources. This has been extremely useful for me because I have, according to EYB, 265 cookbooks and I now am able to use them much more efficiently.
After digging around this year, though, I figured out that 25-30% of my cookbooks are not indexed and were never showing up in my searches. Searching further I found that they allow members to index books themselves, if they want, and I have now indexed 3 cookbooks.
It's a fair amount of work to index a cookbook, particularly in the beginning when you have to study all their guidelines and rules.
I can't decide if I want to keep indexing. If I truly get to have all my books indexed for life, then it's worth it to me. On the other hand, if they are close to going out of business it is definitely not worth my time.
How successful is this business? Will they still be around for another 10 years? It seems like they would have an extremely niche market. Most people don't have so many cookbooks that they need a service like this. Even people who do have large cookbook collections wouldn't necessarily bother to catalogue their books, let alone use the search functions.
Anyone know anything about this company?