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Subject: PBS Phone App
Date Posted: 11/15/2012 12:34 AM ET
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Does anyone use a phone app for pbs I've heard there were several out there? I'd like to know if you do use one is there a way to scan a book and put it on a pbs book list like you can do with the goodreads app and put it to specific shelves? 

Also if you us an app for you phone would you let me know what app it is please.

Date Posted: 11/15/2012 3:57 AM ET
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The only app I know of is PBSWishing. It allows you to scan the book's ISBN barcode and see if anyone is wishing for the book. You have to have the barcode scanner app to use it. ISBNs can also be put in manually.
Date Posted: 11/15/2012 6:52 AM ET
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I use PBS Wishing along with a free barcode scanner.  WIth the free version you can only scan books to see how many members are wishing for a book/if anyone is wishing, but you cannot post to your account.  I think I saw that the pay version allows you to do this, but I feel like the reviews for this feature weren't great.  I may be mistaken on this, but I know I decided not to upgrade to the pay version. If you are using an android phone, the app is available through the Google Play store. 

Date Posted: 11/15/2012 3:39 PM ET
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PBS does offer a mobile page set up, to use in a browser. At the bottom of the page. The apps are made by third parties, not PBS.
Date Posted: 11/15/2012 3:56 PM ET
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They have one for the iPod/iPhone called (I think) booksswap, but I don't really recommend it. It's not worth the $1.99 it costs, and I think the guy who was working on it has abandoned it.

Date Posted: 11/15/2012 8:31 PM ET
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I agree with Glenda - the iPhone/iPod one is not worth the money.  It does allow you to scan books and add them, but it is slow and finnicky.  You can only add stuff from the app and see your lists, though the Wish List, will only show you the first 130 things on your list.  I just use the regular website from my iPhone and it works well.  No scanning, though.

Date Posted: 11/25/2012 6:18 PM ET
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Thanks Guys.  I have the BookSwapDroid Free App that I use when I'm out to check for wl books.  Sadly as far as I know the paid edition does not let you add books to the new lists either.  If I'm wrong and someone has the book swap droid paid version and it lets you do this please let me know.  I would totally pay for that as it would make my life so much easier.   

We have an I pod Touch too so I was just checking to see if there were any apps there that did too.

I use the new pbs lists to do my tbr pile.  Instead of updating that list everytime I got a new book I waited until now to even think about it.  I have about 100 or so books I want to put on that list and I didn't want to have to input each manually from the list page.  UGH I guess I will have to now but I was hoping there was an app that let you add books to the list.   


Date Posted: 11/25/2012 7:21 PM ET
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I have the BookSwapDroid app that I bought for my tablet and you can scan and post books to your bookshelf with it.  You can also scan and add to your wishlist or request a book.  It works fine with my tablet. 

I also have the iPhone paid app called Bookswap for my iPhone.  I like it better because in addition to scanning you can type in a search.  Sometimes the barcodes are covered up with a store sticker or it is older and doesn't have a barcode. 

There is a lot that you can't do with these apps that you can do on the website, but they are great for posting books.  Totally worth it for me.

About the PBS Wishing app  . . . it is not accurate.  It will show a number of wishers that is too high.  Try this ISBN for a test:  9780373770571

Some interesting technical stuff . . you can stop reading here if you don't find technical stuff interesting!

I don't do any web programming, but I think I know what is wrong with it by looking at the info PBS provides here:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/developers/v1-xml.php .  I think the PBS Wishing app uses the API's provided by PBS and simply sends the RequstType for ClubWishList.  I think this returns wishes that are on hold also. If the developer also sent a RequestType for ISBNList and checked the result of Available they could make it work.  Here are a couple of url's that I tested this with.

This one shows that Heart of the Dragon has one wish:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/api/v1/index.php?RequestType=ClubWishList&ISBN=9780373770571

However if you use this link, you will see that it is available in the system (available = true) http://www.paperbackswap.com/api/v1/index.php?RequestType=ISBNList&ISBN=9780373770571

I know . . . TMI . . . but I found it interesting.

(Edited for spelling mistake.  Also forgot to mention that you can add to your wishlist or request from the app.)

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Subject: Have you tried the List Import Bookmark?
Date Posted: 11/25/2012 7:44 PM ET
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I re-read your original post and realized that you are actually trying to find a quick way to update your lists.  You could play around with the List Import Bookmark that PBS provides.  Details about it are located here:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/misc/whats_new.php#book_list_import_bookmark

Basically if you are on a webpage you can go to your favorites and select this bookmark.  Another screen will come up that shows all the matching ISBN's found on that webpage and it will allow you to select them and then add to several types of list.

What you could do is use the Goodreads App to scan them in and put them on a shelf.  Then go to the Goodreads webpage, view that shelf and use the PBS link to select and add them to the list.

Hope this helps!




Date Posted: 12/3/2012 8:05 PM ET
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Oh Darla I think I love You!  LOL I totally didn't know you could get to pbs from a good reads page.  I had already scanned all the book I wanted on my tbr pile into good reads on a new shelf I made.  So since you pointed out I could just click on each book and than click to got to the pbs page and from there I can just add to a list.  That is so much quicker than what I was doing.   

I had scanned them all into goodreads so I could open the book copy the Isbn then search in pbs then add to the list.  Which had me having several pages open and doing a lot of copy and pasting. Now though I can just keep on main page open and open a new page for each book I need to add to the list. It should go much quicker that way.

I have stacks of books though spread out around my house and I didn't want to have to drag a couple hundred books to my spare room and input the isbn's individually on pbs.  That was my initial reason to ask about the app.  I might fool around with the Book list import bookmark too to see if that works quicker. 

I guess if I got my act together I should just add each book to my tbr list when I order it.  Since I know that's not going to happen I guess  I could also go into my transaction archives and add the ones I ordered from pbs.  That still doesn't account for the ones I get from swaps or the ones I buy myself.

Questions though.  The reason I don't use the tbr list they provide and made a new one out of the book list is because when I send out a book for a swap it doesn't take them off of it.  If I choose mail to a friend it doesn't charge them a credit right? And does it then take the books off my tbr list?  Because when you order a book it goes on your tbr list then when you post that book it removes it from the tbr list right? 

Date Posted: 12/4/2012 5:30 PM ET
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I'm sorry, I just now saw your reply to this post.  You should try out the book list import bookmark . . . you can import everything on your Goodreads shelf at one time.  It is very quick.

When you post a book, it does take it off of your TBR list.  This appears to work regardless if you post it from the TBR list or just search the ISBN and then click on Post This Post. 

You can't mail to a friend from the TBR list.  However, you can go to your TBR list and click a button to put it on your BIR list and then choose Mail to a Friend from the BIR list.  There is no credit exchange for Mail to a Friend.  I have done this before so that I could use printable postage.  It will show on your main account as Books Mailed to Friends.  You have to mark it received yourself.

I'm glad I was able to help!!