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Old 02-06-2015, 07:00 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Plug-In Proposal: Phone/tablet barcode/isbn scanning

Here is a simple idea that would be very useful - at least it appears at first glance something that one with familiarity of the parts of this would see as fairly straightforward.

I would like to more "effeciently" begin to incorporate my "traditional" library into my Calbre database - meaning my "traditional" (hard/soft ie paper) books rather than those I specifically have in electronic format.

I'd like to see one major function for a plugin - with a second element as ideal (I'll make this simple and first - just a standard "format" for "print" just like for epub, PDF, etc).

But most importantly - with that built into it - what I would really love to see developed is a plug-in that I can scan the barcode/isbn of a print book using say my phone or tablet - and have it then automatically look up the book - and put all the data into a record, with the format being "print" (or something like that) - and so one could reasonably input a large number of traditional print books into the library in a fairly reasonable time.

I don't have the time or even more the expertise (if I had the time - perhaps I could gain the expertise - but I don't) to do this myself. But I wonder if others think this would be viable and valuable - and if a discussion could be begun to work towards or encourage this to be developed.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:14 PM   #2
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I guess - for the lesser issue of format - it would be ideal to have a "softcover" or "hardcover" - rather than what I first suggested ("print") format choice.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:22 PM   #3
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Add from ISBN is a built in feature (has been for a long time).

I have a real laser scanner (barcode wedge), but if you can have your phone save the values read to a text file, Add from ISBN can process the file if you paste (or type) the values into the box

(Add from ISBN is an option on the Add Books Icon)
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:56 PM   #4
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https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...atalogue&hl=en

You can add books using the barcode it allows syncing with goodreads as does calibre. So you should be able to get all your books into calibre this way. I don't use calibre goodreads plugin so cant say how well it will work.
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:07 PM   #5
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@Philosopher -IIRC someone at MR had their barcode reader write the ISBNs to a text file, then they edited the text file into something that could be used by the Import List PI. I assume the author and title were dummy values, which were overwritten when metadata was downloaded using the ISBN.

Might be in the Import List thread,

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Would be a nice project. I will think about it.
At the moment I am investigating ios - programming
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