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Why this page?

Scanning with the CueCat requires that you move the scanner along the code. It takes some experience, but once you get the knack, it works quite well.

However, there are dozens of other scanners out there - some with bigger scan areas, etc.. Most are expensive. I started this page to collect recommendations for inexpensive scanners, which we - the community - KNOW work with LT.

  • (BStrauss3) I purchased and have scanned 100s of books using the 'ACAN 8100 Handheld USB Barcode Scanner', which I've bought direct from Hong Kong for about US$42 from DealExtreme. In September 2008, it was SKU 12559.
I just got the same scanner from DealExtreme and it works well. -- [jtomlinson]

Do we know if the 'ACAN 8100 Handheld USB Barcode Scanner' works on Mac OSX or is it a Windows only device? I know there have been some problems with some barcode scanners only working on one platform and not another. -- [jreinhart]

I bought an Acan USB Barcode Scanner Reader, which I believe to be the same model as above, from Amazon.co.uk recently, for less than £30 (30 pounds sterling), although I see the price has gone up slightly since then and that the supplier has changed. Anyway, the scanner works perfectly well with LT on both Windows Vista and on Ubuntu Linux. I should imagine it will be fine on Mac OSX - but don't quote me on that! Pandammonium 22:08, 16 September 2009 (EDT)
The Acan 8100 is a nice little scanner... but it's a little sloppy about its USB-HID compliance so the default usbhid driver on Linux mustn't be allowed to grab hold of it. (You have to use the less featureful and more lenient usbkbd driver or it goes to sleep when you try to scan something other than a configuration code) See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BarcodeReaders for instructions. --Ssokolow 22:39, 15 October 2009 (EDT)
  • Datalogic Touch 65/90 Light/Pro - I have successfully used the Touch 65 Light on Ubuntu 9.04 Linux to scan all my books. It acts like a USB Keyboard. The other similar models will presumably work just as well.--Psyke 11:23, 11 December 2009 (EST)

I have been using a free Android app, "LibraryThing Scanner" witn my HTC Hero. I haven't figured out how/if it scans more than one ISBN without going back to the opening screen. This is a slow process as I have been doing it, but it does scan easily. The nice thing about the app is that it accesses your library on the Hero and on the PC immediately. I'll give update on this as I learn more about it, or someone else can add to this. --Whynuts2 14:37, 7 October 2010 (EDT)

For Android, I recommend using the "Book Catalogue" app. This scans faster than "LibraryThing Scanner" because it stores its database internally. You can then export the entire database, and LibraryThing can import the generated CSV file. It does not seem to preserve any data other than the ISBN on import, however. --Sesquipedality 20:25, 4 July 2011 (EDT)

The Android app 'Barcode Scanner' (free in the market) can also be used to generate a mass-import file - in settings for the app, there's a bulk scanning mode you can check, at which point you can scan a barcode, and it'll vibrate/beep to let you know it's scanned, at which point you can point it at another code. There's basically no delay - if you don't move it off the barcode after it beeps, it'll scan it again (though by default, it discards duplicates). Then open up history via the menu button, and within history, 'share history' to email a CSV to yourself, which the mass import tool will pull the ISBNs out of. --Momijizukamori

• I've found an iPhone App called ZBar. It's free and seems to work well for my first few attempts. I open the app, click the scan icon (a camera), position the lens over the bar code and it usually picks up the scan in a few seconds and then beeps. I tap the scan icon again and it's ready for the next book. After scanning about six books, I was able to click an email icon and send all six scans to my account in one message where I opened up an editor to extract out the lines beginning with "ISBN-13". Then I just copied and pasted into the Universal Importer. I did have one book it refused to scan. It might have had some glue residue on the code. When I'm ready to start work, I'll see how it handles a hundred books at a time. --Vicwong 14:05, 19 February 2011 (EST)

•Under Windows, the free version of bcWebCam is working very well for me. http://www.bcwebcam.de/en/ I mounted my webcam several inches above the desktop and just have to slide the barcode under it. --Newstech 08:38, 15 February 2013 (EST)

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