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The CueCat acts as a keyboard device and sends an encrypted ISBN to (in this case) LibraryThing, which knows how to un-encrypt the message. It also USED TO send another encrypted message to the folks who originally manufactured the Cue Cat (See the article). They're out of business, so (we presume) no one is collecting that info (except the FBI, the CIA, the OCS and somebody's little old grandma, maybe).
If you 'declaw' and 'neuter' the CueCat, you can use it to read all kinds of barcodes (into Notepad, for instance), and it won't transmit the data anywhere. Depending on which model of the CueCat you get, you need to nip certain chip leads, or add a wire, or something. It's really easy to do, though.
LibraryThing does nothing with it. I'm not clear what it could do, count the number of books you scan in using that CueCat maybe.
There is no 'central database' of CueCat serial numbers to check anything against either.
*We decode the data, but not the metadata. I don't know if the metadata is easy to decode or not.
GreyHead's link (in msg 3) gives detailed instructions for the declawing.
I hope I haven't started an Urban Legend! I'd never forgive myself!
> instructions for the declawing.
Link seems to be disconnected. I'll go read the other suggested docs and find it.
Anyone know the date that paperbacks started putting the ISBN inside the front cover? IT was news to me, but I've got paperbacks going back to the Ace Doubles, lots of cover prices around 35 cents when that was real money.
Okay, anybody got a pointer to a VinylRecordThing site?
A CD-ROMthing site?
Else the CueCat moves to the refrigerator after being declawed for a kitchen inventory. That'll work.
Has anyone created TooOldToEatThing yet?
Guess I"m going to do some typing after all.
It's not hard to glance at the back cover (if the number under the bar code starts with 97 it's the ISBN), open the front cover and scan if the code is there.
Me, I get books of varying ages enough that it's - glance at the back. No luck? open the front. No luck? Check the copyright page - sometimes the ISBN is there. No? Check the spine - sometimes there's a number there that can be modified into an ISBN (and sometimes the number can't be - data missing). All else fails, type in title comma author and try to find it in the list. But when I can scan with the Cat, it makes things fast enough that it's worth checking first before trying a title, author search.
BTW - I also use my Cat for a consumables inventory - or at least, I'm trying to set one up. Got an Excel spreadsheet at the moment, which is marginally functional. But it's really nice knowing what's the back of the pantry...
Love my CueCat!
Did you find GreyHead's guides? The one on declawing is here; the index page for CueCat stuff is here.
Here is the ISBN number off the back of the book: 094427658x
It pulled up the correct book when I typed in the ISBN number by hand but gave me a no match message when I scanned it with the cuecat.
I also tried using it with the translator that GreyHead suggested but the number it gave me still didn't work. I really need to be able to use the scanner...my eyes are just not good enough to enter all these tiny numbers and I want to use it to post books to Bookmooch and Paperbackswap. Bookmooch mentions being able to use the cuecat but so far, no luck in getting it to recognize the input.
What am I doing wrong?
I used Amazon.com and also have LoC checked as a source.
Please help me. I have about four thousand books to scan in, really poor vision which is why I went with the cuecat because reading the print requires a magnifying glass. Why isn't it translating the info correctly? If I am doing something wrong, please let me know. I would really appreciate some help and computers are just not my thing...I think mine just likes to see me get frustrated and bang my head on the desk:-).
There's a pretty comprehensive page on the wiki describing the differences. Generally, the ISBN barcode is longer and has two sets of six digits underneath it. The UPC is shorter and has two sets of five digits underneath it.
But yeah, if the barcode number doesn't start with 978 (or 979, eventually), check inside the front cover for another barcode - that one's always ISBN when it's there.