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Good news: the widely available app Pic2Shop--the barcode-scanning app for mobile phones that includes library data from WorldCat--is now available in the Android marketplace.

Android users, compare books and other materials like crazy. Built using the WorldCat Search API and WorldCat Registry APIs, the app works worldwide. Check out other mobile apps that third-party developers have built using WorldCat data over on the Developer Network application gallery.

briefresults.jpgWe've had a WorldCat mobile pilot going since January of 2009. But recently, however, we've evolved the mobile site to now run on a mobile Web browser. That's right. No app to download, no prompting to update the latest app each time you go to the app store...it just "works" when you use the browser of your phone. And the experience is similar to the browser on your "big" screen. Beta release We're in beta release now, which means mobile views are targeted for iOS and Android platforms. Other smartphone browsers such as Blackberry and Windows 7 Mobile--as well as feature phone support--are in the works for future releases. (If you have a "smartphone" that is not iOS or Android, we'd love to have you try it and send feedback to the team...) If your library has a localized view of WorldCat--often it's a big search box loaded on the library's home page--there are mobile-specific sites built for your individual library, too. Try it out and send feedback So go to worldcat.org/m on your phone and try a suggested search. You'll see cover art (if available), e-mail a link or citations and get location-based holdings information for nearby libraries. Of course, you'll get library details such as map/directions, and visitor information such as hours and phone numbers. From WorldCat.org/m, you'll also connect to your library's online catalog to see shelf status and reserve information. More mobile goodness for WorldCat available... You've heard here about many partner-developed, third-party apps like RedLaser, Pic2Shop, iRecommend and others that are also available with WorldCat library information embedded. If you have ideas for an app that includes library data, let us know!

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:
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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.


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