Sunday, September 6, 2009

Android Book Mobile (1 week later)

It's been a great first week for ABM on the market. Over 1,400 downloads and still carrying a 4 star rating! Here is a screen shot of the Android Market -- Developer Console. It shows all the applications you have published with their current stats.

One statistic that would be great if I knew how often people are using it. If I had my own server-side to the application I could gather that statistic myself. But alas, the data being stored at books.google.com, and the reviews coming from goodreads.com, I don't know how much they are using it. I fully expect someone will tell me their phone ran out of memory trying to load their full library.

22 comments:

Twyst said...

one problem I'm having with this is that many of my older paperbacks only have a UPC_A barcode on them, not an ISBN. Any chance of letting us enter the ISBN manually?

Nyx said...

I second a manual ISBN! I have a few books that are novelty-type covers (such as White Wolf's Silver Record, which is leather-like bound with a shiny silver barcode to scan) that my phone just won't scan.

Also, a way to export to the computer would be awesome...just a txt file or rtf would be awesome.

At least with these comments you know that people are using it!! ^..^

James Wilson said...

After you have authenticated into http://books.google.com you can export your library as xml. And yes, thank you for using it!

The UPC barcode problem is a symptom of a larger problem. I don't want to have to manually type the ISBN via the phone. I also have older paperbacks. As well as ISBNs that are not found at Google Books. I would rather integrate a looking up the book via either barcode. Then add it to the users library.

Nate said...

I just got a Droid, and while I can list the contents of my library, I can't add the scanned book to my library. I get the "That's weird...bad signal" error every time. Any advice?

Montana Max said...

Love this app! I'd like to register another vote for being able to use the UPC_A barcode, but regardless I'm tickled with this! Any chance you'd be willing to publish your application code under a GPL or similar open license? I'd love to build onto your idea with an integration into http://BookMooch.com for those of us who trade books like crazy too.

Thanks!

James Wilson said...

I had not yet given up the idea of having enough time to devote to create a worth while $$ version of Book Mobile. I should have a decision in the next 3 months as other things are expected to come to fruition. Getting some manual ISBN entry is at the top of my short term list.

Regarding the "thats weird.." message that Nate gote. I don't suppose you are in a non-USA country? Kind of too bad I turned of ALL logging. shucks. I should have left that level of logging enabled.

bren said...

i dont know what im doing please help!! i can scan books...but how do you read them??

James Wilson said...

You are not doing anything wrong. Book Mobile does not support reading books.

Nate said...

James, no, I'm in the US. I haven't gotten the message again. What I am seeing though is that some barcodes can't get a match, yet searching Google Books for the ISBN comes up with the correct match. I'll try to get an example later today.

Matthew said...

So, one thing I like about Google Goggles is taking a picture of my book cover and finding the ISBN that way. It is often successful.

Any chance you can integrate that?

James Wilson said...

google goggles is a great idea. I have had many requests for other input -- especially manual entry. I would like to support the voice recognition as well.

Rick said...

Enjoy the application and it does what it says. Great. Would love to have it sync with library thing account. My vote too for the manual entry of isbn and even just a book that has no numbers at all.

Rick said...

I just found out that it does sync with Google Books. Missed that.

Michael said...

Any future plans to control which bookshelf the app posts to? It seems to always go to Favorites

James Wilson said...

I definitely am planning support for the other book shelves in books.google.com

Ronelet said...

Well first up, Thank You!. You put up a paypal account and I'll drop something in it. Thoughts for develeopment....

batch mode. Scan, add and straight back to scan.

Option to update LibraryThing

James Wilson said...

Thanks for the feedback Ronelet. Both of your suggestions are on my feature radar.

Bruce said...

Jame I loved Book Mobile on my original Motorola DROID but now can't find it in Marketplace after recently upgrading to a Motorola DROID-X. Is it no available for the DROID-X?

Bruce said...

I should also say that I tried the Backup/Restore app in Astro File Manager to copy/install from my original DROID but Astro File Manager won't bacup the app for some reason.
Bruce


James I loved Book Mobile on my original Motorola DROID but now can't find it in Marketplace after recently upgrading to a Motorola DROID-X. Is it no available for the DROID-X?

Bruce said...

Is Android Book Mobile no longer available for the Droid-X on the Marketplace?

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