Droid + Barcode App + Google Books

I’ve been using my new Droid for just under a week now and I have to say that is is the most compelling smart phone I’ve used to date. Not surprising–I’ve never had an iPhone, but I have used an iPod Touch extensively, and it’s clear to me that the two are in close competition with regards to opening up the potential for palm-top computing. From my (so far) limited experience and geek-centric point-of-view, the Droid definitely has the edge–it does run Linux, after all, and I still have yet to root it.

But check this out. I know the iPhone has a barcode app that is quite good. There are a couple other barcode scanners as well, and they all seem to be primarily designed for consumers who want to check product pricing. But Android has a barcode scanner as well, with one additional feature that is potentially game-changing, for us: it allows you to scan a book, and then do a full-text search on it, and it’s fast. As roving reference becomes more popular, tools like these are destined to become back-pocket necessities. Android’s barcode app brings full-text search capability directly into the stacks in a way that integrates seamlessly into the roving work-flow. Imagine the possibilities…

Step 1: Get a book and a Droid

Step 1: Get a book and a Droid

Step 2: Download the free barcode app

Step 2: Download the free barcode app

Step 3: Scan in the books barcode

Step 3: Scan in the book's barcode

Step 4: Search in the book

Step 4: Search in the book

Step 5: View your results

Step 5: View your results


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