Retrieving Book Information Automatically (Lookup Info)


The app can lookup up common fields for you automatically from the internet

Report a barcode that doesn't lookup any details here




Where Can I Do This?

lookup menu

Accessed from Main Menus on:

Books screen Books Screen
filtered screen Filtered Books Screen
search screen Search Screen
edit details screen Edit Details Screen
lookup info The lookup action button on the Books Screen




How Does It Work?

We have a database of info on our servers (which you can now upload to as well)

And we have a set of external sources which provide details from a barcode


These are split into standard sources (most information) and older/rare barcode sources

this is the difference between Standard and Full (all sources) lookup types
lookup type


We check each source in order, looking for missing details

and will stop looking when we have found all possible details

We also have some sources which only provide images


You can also choose how to find infromation, by ISBN or by title or either
Note that less or inaccurate information may be returned when searching by title, if the title is used for multiple Books
lookup method




Details From Around The World?

Data is sourced from around the world, and searched in the most likely order to return good details

You can change the order in which it searches from the Settings
set search order




Why Does It Fail Sometimes?

There are various reasons why a lookup fails, here are the usual reasons:

No internet connection

Check your connection, wifi is better (and faster)

Some details returned, not all?

Use the Full Search option (set as default in the Settings Screen)
Or expand your search locations in Settings

This can also occur with a bad internet connection

Some (rarer or older) barcodes do not have a complete set of information to be retrieved
this usually includes classification, description, format, Publisher
(note that characters are only looked up in the Comic Shelf App)

I'm only getting an Image, nothing else?

This usually means we don't have an internet source for details for the barcode,
but we do have one for the image, report it here and we can usually find a new details source

It works later, but not always first time

This is usually caused by overloading the lookup sources during lots of lookups on the Books Screen,

We can't do too much about this, but a lookup from the Edit Details Screen normally works all the time


Report a barcode that doesn't lookup any details here




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