Adding books from iPhone using a barcode scanner
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I've been looking for a way to do this for a while now, and think I've finally got it right:
If you have the RedLaser app (free right now!) you can go to the following URL (from your iPhone) to make a custom "app" that will add books to your catalog based on the scanned ISBN.
This emulates the text import option. It may not work the first time if you are not logged in, but should be ok after that.
Let me know how much your mileage varies, and if there's an easier way! (The "addbooks" API isn't compatible with RedLaser's url format, and only lets you search one source, whereas the text import let's you select two fall-backs)
I could not find a place to reply nor message the original poster. But in this thread... http://www.librarything.com/topic/95093#top
... "chrisandlina" discuss how to use the iPhone camera to scan bar codes and then get the book into your LibraryThing book list. I just wanted to say that so far it really works great and I'm excitedly waiting for the book to work it's way through the queue and show up on my book list. Once it successfully does that, I'll be a REAL fan of this new method.
It's a little off-topic, but LibraryThing doesn't really have a "reply". It has "post a message". You hit that. Convention has if you're responding, you include the post number.
I seem to remember a feature request that would have a "reply" that would include the post # automatically (I'd go an extra step and make it a link to the particular post). That feature suggestion, like many others, immediately triggered a lot of debate.
I've been trying to get this to work but each time i scan i just get taken to a blank page... any ideas?
Thanks in advance
You can use another iPhone app called ZBar Barcode Reader (free). It allows you to create your own actions to be applied to each bar code, in addition to some pre-existing actions (one of which is a LibraryThing lookup that I used as a template). I created one called "Add to LibraryThing" which uses the following URL:
If you aren't already logged in to LibraryThing, you will have to do so on the first instance.
You can also email yourself the items which are delivered in a csv file.
It's kludgy, and nowhere near as quick as using a CueCat (or using the old RedLaser app), but for just adding a few newly purchased books, it beats hauling out the laptop, plugging in CueCat....
World of Books and Barcode
Not sure what you'd do with it if you had it connected to your phone - have the LT site open and scan into there? Make a list of ISBNs, then upload it? Both of those should work, but I'm not sure how much of an advantage it would be. If you do it and it works, come back and tell us - or tell us your plan now then come back and say if it worked.
*On-The-Go USB - a setup where the phone can host a USB connection, rather than just being the client. My Note 3 apparently supports it out of the box; for my previous two phones, I had to root them then use a (free) app (StickMount).
ETA And now I realize which thread this is in - not about CueCat but about RedLaser. No, it's an iOS app only, and as of early 2012 it doesn't work for LT in iOS either. You can try LibraryThing Scanner, or the default Barcode Scanner (save to a file, paste that list into LT Import). But it's complicated and slow at best - I think it's easier and faster to carry a stack of books to the computer and enter them. That's the way I did the bulk of my library (with a CueCat for those books, about 2/3rds, that had bar codes). Now I just type in the ISBN; for 10-15 books at a time (yard sale/book sale/library borrows), it's faster than setting up the Cat.