• My LibraryThing Search app for android is available for download

    by  • December 13, 2013 • Books, Tech • 0 Comments

    LibraryThing Search appI currently have 6,303 books cataloged in my LibraryThing account. Needless to say, there are times when I’m in a bookstore when I have to ask myself “do I already own this?”

    So, in the interest of both making my books shopping a little easier and learning a little programming via the MIT App Inventor, I’ve created a basic, yet functional app, that allows you to enter your account name. scan a book’s barcode and search it against your LibraryThing account.

    To install it, download the .apk via scanning or clicking the QR code below and make sure you have turned on “allow installation of apps from unknown sources” in your device’s settings. (Probably found under Settings|Security.)

    I have tested this version on exactly one phone/OS combination: My Moto X running KitKat. (A previous version did run on my now defunct Droid Bionic.) If it doesn’t work on your phone, I probably don’t know why or how to fix it. No warranties are given or implied. Install at your own risk. This app is known to the folks at LibraryThing but it is not supported by them nor are they affiliated with it in any way.

    Comments and suggestions are welcome but I can’t promise any further development will happen in the foreseeable future. I do have some ideas, but this isn’t exactly a high priority project for me at this point.

    For those that would appreciate it, here’s an MD5 Hash for the .apk file if you know what to do with it: 201026AC975D6CA225CF90D3C0A3C701



    Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.


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