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Subject: Is there an app for that?
Date Posted: 5/19/2013 9:41 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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Once again wandering around trying to find an app to keep track of my books by simply scanning the barcode with my phone.  I'm really surprised that PBS and LibraryThing don't offer such an animal.  Goodreads does, but the scanner doesn't work on my new phone.  

I came across a PBS blog post from October 2011 that they "heard us" and are working on the API.  If it's being offered, I can't find it.  

Now that we're moving -- again -- I thought now would be a good time to catalog everything.  Too late to do it while boxing up all those books, but can do it when I take them out.  Suggestions?  

Date Posted: 5/20/2013 10:56 AM ET
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There is a PBS app.  It was made by members, not actually by PBS.  The iPhone version is called BookSwap.  It doesn't work very well, so I don't suggest paying for it, honestly.  There is an app for Android but I am not familiar with it.

Date Posted: 5/20/2013 11:34 AM ET
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The free PBS app doesn't allow you to post books to your account; all you can do is scan a bar code and see how many people are wishing for it.  I'm not sure about the paid version; there's a discussion here about the different versions.

LibraryThing offers their CueCat, which you can use with a PC to scan all your books.  It won't work from your phone, but you can purchase the scanner and use it with a PC.  Two of my family members have it and they love it.

Date Posted: 5/20/2013 3:09 PM ET
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I have the paid iphone app that works with PBS, and it's been very handy and I've had no problems with it, although it is quite mimimalist. I find that it's worth having around to be able to scan barcodes with my phone camera and see if something is wishlisted.

If you want something that will help manage all your books that also scans barcodes, you will definitely need to look elsewhere. I'm surprised to hear that there's nothing filling this space in the market - sounds like a good idea for a startup.

Date Posted: 5/20/2013 3:27 PM ET
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Yes, I saw the info about the "wishlist" app -- which would be great, but the Android version doesn't appear to work very well from reviews, and hasn't been updated in a long time.  I may give it a try, though.  Just the other day I came across a huge bin of books and thought of PBS, but didn't have a way to do the wishlist check.  I might give it a try and see what happens -- what can it hurt?  :-D


Laura:  There are apps to manage books.  It's just that, since I already have accounts with Goodreads, LibraryThing and PBS, I was hoping to find something that already works with those.  


While I was digging around, I did find an app that will sync with Goodreads, so I've been playing with that today.  It uses a different barcode scanner than the Goodreads app, which is working okay.