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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.
A very long time ago (2005! gasp!), I wished for all the library content in the world to fit in your pocket. We're a whole lot closer to that now, with the launch of the new WorldCat mobile pilot. The six month-long pilot will gather data to help inform future WorldCat mobile efforts, and is currently available to people in the US and Canada.
To download the application, go to www.worldcat.org/m on your mobile phone's Web browser.
Once you've used WorldCat.org on your mobile phone, please give us your feedback with details of your experience and/or suggested enhancements.
Wondering if your phone will work? Here's a list of supported devices, which include iPhones, Blackberries, Nokias and more.
The recent WorldCat Webinar recording is now available. At a mere 28 minutes long, it's a quick and easy way to make sure you're up-to-speed on the latest enhancements. Jasmine walks you through the site itself, and then shows you all the easy ways to link into WorldCat through Facebook, WorldCat through your iPhone and more.
I don't have an iPhone yet, but I just found (another) reason to want one: there's now a WorldCat app developed for it, available for download at
iPhone Toolbox the Apple Web site apps section (for free). If you have an iPhone, download it and let us know how it performs for you. In fact, we might even send you a free WorldCat t-shirt in exchange.