Android app that can scan barcodes and produce a list of ISBNs?
#1  ownedbycats 12-15-2020, 03:16 PM
This is more "physical book management," so if this is the wrong section sorry.

I've been using Calibre to catalog my physical books. For now, I've just been carrying over a pile of books to my desk and manually typing in the ISBNs. Painfully slow process.

I just realized that I have an Android phone, so I could probably just use that to scan the barcodes and get a list of ISBNs. Then either I dump them into Add from ISBN or use the Import List plugin.

Does anybody have a suggestion for an app that can do this? Preferably free.


#2  PeterT 12-16-2020, 02:25 AM
I've not tried any of the tools listed here but take a look at

#3  PeterT 12-16-2020, 01:25 PM
I tried Book Catalogue which is GPL and free (see ) and it seems to work quite nicely.

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#4  ownedbycats 12-16-2020, 01:43 PM
I'll give that a try. Thank you!

#5  ownedbycats 04-14-2021, 03:23 PM
After testing a lot of different things, I have settled on Alfa ISBN Scanner. It's a little barebones but it produces a text list of ISBNs which you can email to yourself or dump in Dropbox/GDrive/OneDrive/etc.

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