News: March 2010 Archives
If you're a savvy comparison shopper armed with an iPhone, now you can get library results for any book you run into, wherever you are, thanks to a free iPhone app called pic2shop that now includes WorldCat data through the WorldCat Search API and WorldCat Registry APIs.
Pic2shop uses the camera on your iPhone to scan the book barcode, and then provides results for different online shopping sites and now local libraries. If your library has enabled it, you can click straight through to their catalog and see if it's available or reserve it. One of the great things about pic2shop is that it was developed by Vision Smarts, a company based in Belgium, so the app works in all countries. In fact, here's a screen shot of results from Australia:
Of course, pic2shop joins the current mobile apps and sites that showcase libraries with WorldCat results: RedLaser for iPhone (U.S. only at the moment) and the WorldCat Mobile pilot (UK, U.S., Netherlands, Germany, France and Canada).
Download pic2shop from your country's iTunes App store. And check out the video (created by Pic2Shop's partner, Appency) of how pic2shop can help you locate library materials, say, if you're browsing in a bookstore.
The WorldCat Mobile pilot was recently enhanced to now include cover art when available. It also now provides a link to your local library catalog--much the same way WorldCat.org does now. This additional functionality means you can potentially set a hold, view status and reserve a book or video through your mobile phone, as soon as you discover it in WorldCat.
As always, keep sending feedback about your mobile pilot experience, to help improve the service for everyone.