Archive: January 19th, 2005

Delicious raw materials

It is no coincidence that industrial manufacturing plants aggregate close to sources of raw material. The North of England and the Ruhrgebiet in Germany were both rich sources of coal and centres of industry.

In the case of software manufacturing, it makes sense to locate a business near to the raw materials required for programming. The people at Delicious Monster understand this. That’s why they’ve located their business in a coffee shop:

“It’s cheap rent and a fun environment,” said Matas. “We go down there every day with our laptops and work. It’s an incredible place. They have two or three of the top baristas in the country (the awards are on the wall). We pay our rent by buying coffee…. They love us. We’re some of their best customers.”

The move appears to have paid off. Delicious Monster have produced a terrific Mac application called Delicious Library. It’s basically a piece of cataloguing software. The kicker is that you can use your iSight to scan in barcodes. The app then uses Amazon’s web services to retrieve info about the item.

I downloaded Delicious Library a while back and had great fun scanning in books, movies and games. To begin with, the application was very US-centric but a recent update improved integration with and

Right now, the app is a lot of fun and reasonably useful. This is just the start. It sounds like there are a lot of very cool improvements in the pipeline:

“Version two, due later this year, will allow users to browse each other’s libraries. It will be location-aware, letting users know who has what in their neighborhood or city.”

That’s what we need: Amazon meets BookCrossing wrapped up in a real-world social networking tool.

In the future, we will all be librarians. Personally, I find that prospect very exciting.