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Subject: Any plan to develop a smart phone app? Anyone else think it's a good idea?
Date Posted: 11/6/2013 7:46 AM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2007
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I'd love to be able to use PBS on my iPhone, but manipulating the site throught the phone's browser is tedious. What are teh chances you'll develop an app that wil make it all easy? It would be particularly helpful for accepting a Wish List book within that 48-hour window when I'm traveling!

Does anyone else think this is important?



Date Posted: 11/6/2013 12:37 PM ET
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THere is an app for the iPhone, although I've never used it and it doesn't get very good ratings.  It costs 1.99 in the iPhone app store.  It looks like it hasn't been updated in awhile either--last update was Feburary 8, 2012.  I did a search for paperback swap and came up with it --the name of the app is "Mobile Book Swap" if you want to check it out. 

Date Posted: 11/6/2013 12:50 PM ET
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Have you tried the mobile/PDA web site for PBS?



Date Posted: 11/6/2013 2:26 PM ET
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The app that is out there for iPhone now is not worth the money.  It was made by users of the site and when it had issues, they stopped updating them.  It also doesn't do the things you were looking for.  You can view things on your account, but I don't think you can accept a request or anything like that.  It does (did?) allow you to scan a book and add it to your wish list or account. 

I don't have a problem with the site in Safari on my phone.  It renders well for me.  What do you find tedious about it?

Date Posted: 11/7/2013 12:34 PM ET
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I have the third-party iPhone app and although it's minimal, it's really handy. I use the barcode scanner to add things to my bookshelf (and/or check if they're wishlisted) and the requesting on the phone all the time. I personally wouldn't be accepting requests from my phone anyway, so that lack doesn't bother me.

(I prefer that app over the mobile site because it keeps me logged in for a long time, and has the barcode scanner, while I have to relog in on Safari all the time.)