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Subject: Book scan for iPhone.
Date Posted: 9/25/2017 11:47 AM ET
Member Since: 3/8/2007
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Long ago I bought the iPhone app by the member here who made it. Was called book swap or something. It never worked that well but I liked it because I used the scanner a lot when at FOL book sale or whatever. And bookstores to scan a book to see if it was posted so I didn't waste my money on buying it, or if it was wishlisted  

Now I have a new iPhone and it's no longer on here -or my purchases. Or searchable. 

Is there another ap I can use or some easy scanner that will work with my iPhone?  

TIA for any advice. 

Date Posted: 9/25/2017 4:17 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2011
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I had that app too before I got my new iphone.  Afterwards, that was the only app that didn't transfer.  I used if for the exact same thing you did!  It was so convenient.  But I don't think there is another app available.

Date Posted: 9/25/2017 8:05 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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Me too. Mine was on DH's iphone 4 that he later gave to me. The app went missing when I set up my own account when I upgraded to 6+.

This is a call-out to all app developers. Please make something for us!

There are scanner apps out there, but I don't know how they would be integrated with the PBS website.

Date Posted: 9/25/2017 8:48 PM ET
Member Since: 5/4/2009
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Goodreads has a free app that will let you scan books and then shelve them into your GR account. What I do is make a new empty and exclusive shelf called "To Post" and then I shelve them there. Then you can use the list of ISBNs and import them into your Bookshelf using the bookmarklet. To find that bookmarklet, search the Help Docs for the word "Import" and it is under the first result: Book List Import Bookmark.

All of that is more work than typing one or two ISBNs into the site, so I only use it when I am posting lots of books.

ETA that if you use GR for other books, you might not want to make the shelf exclusive. Shelving a book an exclusive shelf will remove it from the other exclusive ones like Read or To Read.



Last Edited on: 9/25/17 8:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/26/2017 10:17 AM ET
Member Since: 3/8/2007
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thanks Sarah I will give that a try!

yes, I noticed that the ap is just gone. I don't even find it when I look the all the apps I have had since I have had an iPhone. A long time now and wow! I have downloaded a lot of apps!

Date Posted: 9/26/2017 5:36 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2011
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I'm not sure if the goodreads app will work for me, since I specifically used the PBS app just to see if books were on people's WL.  But I'll check it out.  Thanks!