iPhone Barcode Readers

Simon Dick simond at irrelevant.org
Tue Mar 1 11:02:02 GMT 2011

On 1 March 2011 10:34, Dominic Thoreau <dominic at thoreau-online.net> wrote:
> On 1 March 2011 09:49, Dave Cross <dave at dave.org.uk> wrote:
>> Need some advice on iPhone Barcode reading apps - so I turn to london.pm, my
>> favourite group of iGeeks.
>> My wife is a teacher and they're about to start a stocktake of all of the
>> books in the English department. Rather than count them all, she wondered if
>> there was an iPhone app that could help them.
> My experience with iphone apps and barcode readers suggests that if
> you're going to be scanning a large number of barcodes, get a
> dedicated device.

Last few times I've done that sort of thing I've first got a Palm
Symbol barcode scanner and used PalmOS software to create a csv, then
the 2nd time just a USB scanner and netbook

> On a side note - I've got a moderate library, of books, DVDs and CDs,
> and feel the need for some library management, not least so I can tell
> where individual items actually are.
> But I'm also a coder, and I'd like to have the results available to me
> on multiple systems (ie it needs to sync to the cloud), which nothing
> out there quite seems to do. I'm willing to at least think about
> writing this myself, but
> Are there any public APIs out there that can take barcodes / ISBN
> numbers and resolve them to products, bearing in mind some things I
> have would have been released in non UK/US/EU markets and thus may be
> harder to identify....

You could use the Amazon API, it's how I got my book database created

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