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Subject: apps
Date Posted: 8/31/2014 1:30 PM ET
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  • PaperBackSwap Wishing - developed by jaynval - search for "Summet" or "paperbackswap" in the Android Market.   FREE
  • BookSwapDroid - developed by Jason Harmon - find the app by searching for 'bookswapdroid' in the Android Market. There are two versions, one $1.99 and the other FREE


what is the difference between  the free app and the $1.99  one?

Date Posted: 8/31/2014 3:56 PM ET
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For BookSwapDroid the following is the difference between the 2 versions

o Mark as Mailed (NOT AVAILABLE IN FREE VERSION): mark books as mailed once they’ve been accepted/printed. This means your after your next trip to the post office, you can mark your books on your way back to the car. No more forgetting to mark books (ask me how I know!)
o Notification bar (NOT AVAILABLE IN FREE VERSION): any new requests or status changes on requests will show up in the Android notification bar

ETA: I don't have either app on my phone, I just looked up the information to answer the OP question :)

Last Edited on: 9/1/14 10:39 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/31/2014 10:40 PM ET
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If anyone has used these (or other) apps made for PBS, this would be a great thread to include a review.  Hopefully the apps are improving.  (And a note -- the apps are developed/distributed by individuals, not by the site.)

Date Posted: 8/31/2014 11:51 PM ET
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Are they worth getting? 

Can I use them to find out if a book is wl'd?  At the fol I use their computer, but if at a yard sale could I use the app for that purpose?

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 9/1/2014 9:15 AM ET
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Let me ask a dumb question.  What's the value of having an app versus just going to PBS on my internet browser on my phone?

Date Posted: 9/1/2014 9:21 AM ET
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I like the free PBS Wishing app as a quick way to scan a bar code to see if a book is on someone's WL.  It's quicker than entering the ISBN into the mobile PBS site, especially if you have an handful of books to check.  

Date Posted: 9/1/2014 4:01 PM ET
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If I find the time I'll try the apps out this week but PBS is fairly functional on my android. It would probably be difficult to search for books but marking them mailed or accepting requests is no problem. I could even use the message boards on my phone if I had more patience with the touch pad I have. 

If you could scan a code instead of typing in ISBN, well that'd just be heaven!

Date Posted: 9/12/2014 3:38 PM ET
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I tried the bookswapdroid free app but nothing happened. Couldn't verify my account, is the pay version more reliable?