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CueCat questions and help

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1Jonet
Edited: May 25, 2012, 3:49pm Top

No results found for ".C3nZC3nZC3n2ChDXCNvYDxnY.fHmc.C3r1Dhj3C3nWENz7."

Check your spelling or try a different source.

That's the bar code for Douglas Adams' "So long and thanks for all the fish"

Please don't tell me to try scanning the inside cover, this is the only barcode the book has.

Every single book I try to put in is not found. My keyboard is EN-US and the numlock key is on. I am on Windoze 7

I don't want to try to declaw the cuecat because if it is useless I'm going to send it back.

I am so disappointed--there's no way in hell I have the time manually enter over 5k science fiction/fantasy books

Edit: I should observe that it worked with a book that came out in 2008, and the Douglas Adams book is from 1985

2legallypuzzled
May 26, 2012, 7:24am Top

It won't matter whether you declaw or not; that's a UPC code you're scanning (and as you've found out, those don't work). There was once talk of coming up with a UPC <-> ISBN conversion database, but I don't think anything has come of it.

3timspalding
May 26, 2012, 10:12am Top

Usually books with a UPC have an ISBN code somewhere too. Sorry this one doesn't.

4jjmcgaffey
May 29, 2012, 7:22pm Top

Yeah - a book from 1985 is likely to have a sort-of bar code on the inside cover, but it's short and long sticks instead of thick and thin and the Cat can't read it. Or no bar code ISBN at all, there are a few like that. But that's only one book, others should work. If you have to type in 500 books and can scan 4500+, you've saved a lot of time...

You may see the ISBN number, identified as such, just above the bar code. It won't scan, but you can type it in; and for future reference, if the number under the bar code doesn't match the number labeled ISBN, it's not worth scanning. Not every book will have that, but with time you get so you can glance at the back cover and figure out whether the number is probably an ISBN and worth scanning - at least, I have.

5Jonet
Edited: May 30, 2012, 7:53am Top

Thanks for the answers--I actually DID find a conversion database online from a fellow member. It takes one extra step, I scan to that page and then copy/paste the ISBN, but that's still MUCH faster than trying to enter it in by hand.

http://www.kayaker.net/cuecat/upc5.php is the app, it's working great. Now if I could just get through the A's... :D

6timspalding
May 29, 2012, 10:27pm Top

Holy smokes!

Okay, we're going to get all over that!

7dutchgirldtd
Oct 1, 2013, 5:36pm Top

DID we get all over that? Because I've been having a lot of trouble with the cuecat. When it works, it's amazing but I've gotten a lot of messages like the one above - "No results found for..." and I've been typing in a lot of isbn's (or the titles).

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