Creative Computing

database and website development


Creative Computing is based in Abingdon, near Oxford, and has been in business since 1993. It offers a variety of computer services, including database and website development.

Its Bookseller cataloguing database system is used by many of the leading antiquarian booksellers in the UK and worldwide.

Creative Computing is experienced in converting systems and migrating data from databases including Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, DataEase, Omnis, FoxPro, as well as specialist book management systems including Bookease, BookHound, BookIt, Booklist, BookTrakker, Bookzangle, Homebase, Papyrus Bibliography System, CLUE cataloguing and the PBFA BMS System.

Database solutions, have also been developed for customers ranging from a language school, charities, environmental organisations and publishers, as well as a number of local companies. In most cases, these solutions have been developed using FileMaker Pro database software.

Creative Computing has been developing websites for over twenty years. Early sites were  developed using the Perl programming language; since then, MySQL and PHP have been used.


In addition to developing and maintaining Bookseller, and supporting its users, Creative Computing has developed solutions and taken part in projects for a variety of other businesses.

Charities/non-profit organisations

Alliance  - Alliance magazine is the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide (contact and subscription management system)

The Rowntree Society – further knowledge about the Rowntree legacy and its continuing relevance today (contact management system)

Earthwatch Institute - non profit environmental organization (project management system)

Peeple - charity supporting parents with children's learning (project management system)


Oxford University Press - Project management system for Oxford Children's Encyclopaedia. Word macros development.

Lion Hudson Developing and maintaining publishing management system

Participating in the development of SciDex for Scientific American magazine.

Novello & Co - digital music type-setting

Other Projects

Developing project management system for RedBook Agency Ltd.

Assistance in development of Capture Ltd's Image Library Management System.

Development of a 'lite' version of Bookseller for booksatpbfa Ltd

inlingua Language School Düsseldorf – system to manage contacts, teachers, students, lesson scheduling, diary and calendar

FileMaker consultancy for World Market Watch Inc., in relation to processing data prior to publication on its many Internet sites (eg

Work for local companies and organisations including, Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company, Oxford Mac Solutions and MAX (Marketing the Arts, Oxford), maintaining Lennox Boyd Collection cataloguing system.


software for antiquarian booksellers

Creative Computing's Bookseller cataloguing database system is used by many of the leading antiquarian booksellers in the UK, as well as a number in Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and the USA, and throughout Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Spain and Sweden).

visit Bookseller website


Creative Computing's first website was the British Music Network, developed in 1996. It can still be seen on the Internet Archive. It has since developed many sites for booksellers and other businesses.

Russell Rare Books

Natural History, Fine Bindings, Decorative Illustrated Books, Travel

This site includes a 'Memories' page consisting of over 200 snapshots of book dealers - taken by Charles Russell.

site development by
Creative Computing

Robert Frew Ltd

Robert Frew Ltd

Good quality antiquarian stock specialising in: Illustrated Books, Plate Books, Travel Books, English Literature, Bindings, Library Sets, Prints, Atlases and Maps

site design by and development by
Creative Computing

Books of Asia

Books of Asia

art and rare books relating to
India, Central Asia and the Islamic world

site design by and development by
Creative Computing