Best book scanning apps?

Can anyone recommend any book scanning and cataloguing apps? I can use either iOS or Android apps as I have both types of devices. I have a few thousand books in the house and would like to make an inventory of them, both for my own records and for insurance purposes. I've had a search and can see a few free options and a few paid options. I didn't really want to pay for the apps unless they had some good recommendations. Ideally, I'd like to scan in the books and for it to output a list by author, ISBN, etc.

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Apr. 3, 2011 at 19:24

what details do you get in addition to ISBN? (damn, I didn't want another iPhone :p )!
Also: does it work with 10- AND 13-digit ISBN's?
:) Thanks a lot.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2011 at 09:56

Let me know when you find something like that in the Android Market - because I work in a bookshop, and what you describe sounds like a combination of very expensive softwares. This is the first time I hear that kind of ware is available in the Android market. The ISBN barcodes traditionally used on books give exactly zero info when scanned with the barcode scanners available for smartphones.
Even if you fnd an app - you will then need PC/Mac software that is compatible with the app to efficiently export the info. Not to mention that you'd have to recharge your phone after every 20 scans... A commercial scanner for your purposes costs more than a smartphone, and the software support is very expensive.
But got my attention - I'll keep my eyes peeled ;)

tapol  Apr. 3, 2011 at 11:29

I posted this one last night after a few glasses of wine hoping someone might have a quick answer for me :D I'll start doing some research myself to find the best option.

I tried out Goodreads scanner on the iphone 4. It managed to successfully scan The 13th Wheel of Time book, but then I couldn't do anything with that information once it was in the phone.

Going to research and try out a few more.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2011 at 12:29

Here is an interesting article, and a possible solution, though I'm kind of busy right now, and the article is 2 years old. http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/scan-and-search-books/
I really question that what you have in mind is available on the 'cheap'...
Bookshops spent many thousands on systems like that ;)

And what you describe is what I expected: you may be able to find an app that scans an ISBN code, but WHAT THEN?!

tapol  Apr. 3, 2011 at 13:30

Stumbled on iBookshelf. I think this might be the kind of thing I was thinking of. It scans the books via the iphone camera, adds them to my database, then I can even export to excel. It's only $1.99 so I will buy and test it out later on.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2011 at 13:49

Oh, LET me KNOW how that works! 8)

tapol  Apr. 3, 2011 at 19:15

Yes, I think this will work out very well. I tested it out with 4 or 5 books, it scanned them in with ease. I then emailed myself the csv file to open in excel. Excellent :) I am going to have to set aside an afternoon to scan all the books.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2011 at 19:24

what details do you get in addition to ISBN? (damn, I didn't want another iPhone :p )!
Also: does it work with 10- AND 13-digit ISBN's?
:) Thanks a lot.

emmajk42 / MOD  Apr. 3, 2011 at 21:37

Ooh this is something I'd be interested in trying out too.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2011 at 22:36

I say!!! Bookshops spend ££££££££££££ for that kind of system, and often they rely on wholesellers' IT folks for stoneage software support. For large collections this is obviously not competitive with professional applications that let you scan and upload thousands of titles in a couple of hours, but for small shops and private stocktake this does look acceptable.

tapol  Apr. 4, 2011 at 10:51

I haven't scanned any 10 digit ISBNs yet, it has all been the 13 digit so far.

The fields in the app are:

Goodread reviews

I've scanned in about 15 books so far. The price field always seems to have zero, it doesn't really have data for that. The genre isn't always filled in either. But I am most interested in just getting the title and author, so this is prefect for me.

Dave8888  Mar. 29, 2013 at 00:44

Not sure if this is what you're looking for but it lets you scan books and then see how much you can sell them for at all the online stores. Works really good and is fast! http://www.buybacktextbooks.com/buybackapp.php


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