Developer: Sonny Software, LLC

Current Version: 12.8.4

Last Updated: 4 months ago

Download Size: 40.3 MB - Download


***** CNET "Editor's Pick" for Reference Software and rated "Outstanding" by CNET editors.
Reference management entails the collection, annotation, and citation of published information. Bookends greatly simplifies these tasks.

Bookends performs Internet searches to retrieve references and associated pdfs from PubMed, Amazon, Google Scholar, JSTOR, Web of Science, and hundreds of university libraries (some sites may require access privileges and ip authentication). Immediately find and import references for which you already have the pdf.

Versatile groups (static, smart, and virtual), Term Lists (keywords, authors, etc.), reference cross-linking (links), multiple notecards per reference, tag clouds with hierarchical relationships, and instantaneous live searches help organize and find information in your personal collection. Highly configurable displays let you view the reference information and PDFs the way you want.

Scan your word processor documents to create publication-ready manuscripts complete with bibliographies and footnotes. Bookends is compatible with Word (2011 and 2016), Mellel, Apple Pages '08, ‘09, 5 and 6, Nisus Writer Pro, Manuscripts, LibreOffice/OpenOffice, and any application that can save RTF files.

Sync your library on multiple Mac and with Bookends On Tap (available separately for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch on the App Store).

Whether you are a student or professional, in the sciences or humanities, Bookends will help you every step of the way as you search for information, collect and analyze results, and put together your own work for submission or publication.

Click on the link below to visit Sonny Software, read about Bookends in more detail, see it in action in video tutorials.


Release Notes:

Fixed a bug in subject bibliographies when a smart search contains a boolean OR.
Fixed a bug in searching PDFs where the number of hits didn't change when a new PDF was opened.
Fixed a bug that prevented disambiguation of citations when using the MLA format.
Fixed a bug in smart folders that prevented searching more than one item in the smart folder.
Fixed a rare issue that caused text in the clipboard to be ignored when importing.
Fixed a bug in the online search web toggle button that prevented EZProxy from being used.
Fixed a bug that could cause ? characters to appear before and after unicode characters in scanned RTF files opened in TextEdit.
Fixed a bug in the online search Bookends Browser window where pressing Command-F would show the reference list.
Fixed a bug where Bookends would offer to remove a reference when a folder was selected in the group pane and the Delete key was pressed.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 11.1.4
Review by Tak-Seng

Best Ref Manager When Compared to EndNote and Sento - I've begun working on my theoretical dissertation for my Clinical Psych degree and recently acquired the lovely Scrivener program. However, it lacked a Reference Manager so I was on the hunt. After spending about 5 hours trying Bookends, EndNote and Sento I landed on this one despite the higher cost. What I was looking for was something that was relatively simple to use and as intuitive as possible. A few features made the difference to me: (1) Click and drag the reference into Scrivener and the citation is automatically created (albeit in a temporary form...which I tweak manually); (2) I have a lot of PDF's and you can drag and drop those into Bookends and it initiates auto linking/copying of the file and the new entry process; (3) You can search many databases to find the reference information. The other programs just didn't feel simple enough for me and I don't want to have to think about my references. I'd rather think about my dissertation and write it. So, I'd give this one strong consideration if I were you. However, definitely try it out. You can download a trial copy of Bookends and the other programs from the developers' sites. Good luck!

Found helpful by 43 out of 43 people
Version 12.2.4
Review by EdoRoshi

Too hard to use - I find the application too hard to use. For example, there is a “lookup from doi” feature, but I can’t get it to work. When one tries to launch the browser, nothing happens. The application is just too complicated and not user friendly for me. It has not saved me any time. The bibtex export feature does not work correctly.

Found helpful by 3 out of 8 people