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The LibraryThing Android app is here!

Edited: Jun 19, 2017, 5:21 pm

The LibraryThing Android app has arrived!

Read about it:

Download it from Google Play:

Tell us what you think.

If you're having trouble with the app and think you may have found a bug, post in the dedicated Bug Collectors thread:

Update: I made a fun video of me cataloging my fiction collection. Check it out.

Jun 13, 2017, 11:17 am

O frabjous day!

Flawless download to my Samsung S8 (Android 7.0, Nougat) and the sign-in procedure was a piece of cake. Will be playing with this all day.

Jun 13, 2017, 11:18 am

Thank you all so much for the time and hard work that has gone into this!

Jun 13, 2017, 11:21 am


(Small feature request - can we toggle Your books to display title/author only without covers?) No it's not as pretty, but it takes up a lot less space that way.

Edited: Jun 13, 2017, 11:24 am

>4 reading_fox: It's not currently in the plans, as far as I know, but I'll pass along to devs!

Jun 13, 2017, 11:28 am

Excellent! Thanks to all.

Now if we can just get Readar rolled into the apps (cf. ), we'll be headline news. ;-)

Jun 13, 2017, 11:29 am

>5 lorannen: Thanks! (I know out for just a few minutes and already the users are being picky). Please thank them at the same time! Just having something that is usable and seamlessly integrated into the 'main' site is a real bonus, it looks and feels great to use.

Jun 13, 2017, 11:31 am

Jun 13, 2017, 11:40 am

>6 davidgn: The plan is that Readar will get rolled into the main LTApp. No official dates on that, but that's the plan.

Jun 13, 2017, 12:13 pm

Thanks for getting an Android version out to us. I hope it will be useful in checking and updating our book database.

My initial disappointment is that there is no offline functionality. Being able to update my reading when no WiFi or cell data is available (on a cruise) or very expensive would be VERY helpful. Most Android phones have the benefit of an SD card, often providing a lot of extra storage space, so having a copy of the data on the SD card should be at least an option.

Thanks again.

Jun 13, 2017, 12:15 pm

Google Play tells me there had been 1000 downloads before I got there. Should have taken a screenshot of the search predictions; as soon as I put in "library", a whole bunch of "librarything" choices appeared, with "librarything app" near the top of the list.

Jun 13, 2017, 12:28 pm

Thank you so much! Now I can easily check to see if I already have a book when I'm in a bookstore. I'm a very happy reader right now. :)

I just downloaded it, so I haven't had time to play with it yet. I'm looking forward to using it.

Jun 13, 2017, 12:28 pm

>11 PhaedraB: That's excellent!

Jun 13, 2017, 1:01 pm

Also, we'd appreciate some Play store reviews/ratings if you feel like it. Honest reviews, of course. But good ones. :)

Jun 13, 2017, 1:40 pm

I installed the app as soon as I saw the announcement, yay. It all worked smoothly, but I did run into a bit of trouble when I tested the add book feature: it added the book via the barcode scanner just fine. When I went to edit the entry, I ended up on the book page of the full site, and while I was able to edit my tags there, I couldn't get back to the app's home or catalog view using the app's navigation. I had to use my phone's "back" button to bring me back to the main app page. I have an LG V20 Android version 7.0 if that helps.

Jun 13, 2017, 1:41 pm

I had the beta version, and when I look in the Play store I see that the app shows as "Installed", but is still labeled for me with "Beta", and it thinks I am up-to-date (I have autoupdate turned on for this app.) Do I need to uninstall and reinstall to get the current version, or is the labeling just stale?

Jun 13, 2017, 1:45 pm

>15 southernbooklady: That sounds to me like everything's working the way it's supposed to. Using Android's back button is the way to get back into the app, proper.

Jun 13, 2017, 1:45 pm

>16 lorax: We're looking into that. I think it's just a side-effect of the beta process. No worries. No need to reinstall.

Jun 13, 2017, 1:59 pm

>17 lorannen: Okay, I won't worry about it, then.

Jun 13, 2017, 2:24 pm

>16 lorax: et al.
If you still have the (Beta) message in the Play Store listing you have two options:

1. You can ignore it and stay in the beta program. You might get early access to new features as we test them but you'll also get early access to bugs as we test those too. ;)
2. At the bottom of the Play Store page there is an option to leave the beta program. Click that and within a few minutes you'll get a normal Play Store page for LT. You'll have to install the app again.

Edited: Jun 13, 2017, 4:41 pm

Downloaded the new app to both my phone (Samsung Note5) and to my Nook HD+ tablet. I know the ability to upload new books on the latter will be limited by its lack of a camera, but am excited by the ability to search my library while in Barnes & Noble. Happy day...!

Addendum: Have been playing around with the 'Cover Explorer' to identify books in my library that still need the correct covers, and then use the camera to take a photo of my books' covers. Results aren't perfect, but not bad either.

Jun 13, 2017, 3:57 pm

Great news!

Jun 13, 2017, 3:58 pm

I'm in! Woot! Thank you!

Jun 13, 2017, 4:51 pm

Wow lighning fast barcode scanning ! Thank you !

Edited: Jun 13, 2017, 5:23 pm

wot 8. said!

just one wee question: when searching for a book could the format added to the results (?); i'm one of those still willing to buy the physical book even if i already have the ebook & it would be swell to be able to determine the format already in my library while still in the store,

Jun 13, 2017, 5:49 pm

>8 kgriffith: Ditto x 10 !! :)

I played around on it today, and really like its easy functionality! THANK YOU, LT!

Jun 13, 2017, 5:58 pm

Great news! I know what I'll be doing as soon as I next turn on my phone. Having this access in used book stores will be a great help!

Edited: Jun 13, 2017, 7:00 pm

>link_rae: I've created a separate 'collection' for ebooks, as well as one for those I've read but don't own, and another as a wish list. Those do show when looking at an individual title, though not on the list of all titles. Hope that idea helps a bit - like you, I have been known to purchase some books in multiple formats (for a variety of reasons).

Jun 13, 2017, 6:50 pm

Great. Nice work. Thank you.

I haven't found out yet how to switch off covers. Isn't that possible?

Jun 13, 2017, 6:54 pm

>29 Ravic: Covers are always visible, although there are two view modes and the covers are much smaller in list mode.

Jun 13, 2017, 7:48 pm

Downloaded the official version of the app . Everything is working nicely . Looking forward to more functions coming in the near future . Hopefully tagging and recommendations will soon be on the app !

Jun 13, 2017, 7:48 pm

>8 kgriffith: well said! Thank you Lorannen, Tim and his crew so much for the time and hard work that has gone into this. Just downloaded. Yeah, and with my thick finger and mind, of course I typed wrong and pushed a bit too far....

Luckely I got through, but wanted to let you all know that link on the popup was broken.

Jun 13, 2017, 7:57 pm

>32 Yamanekotei: Good catch, and thanks! We'll get that fixed directly.

Jun 14, 2017, 12:07 am

>20 conceptDawg: The downside to staying as a beta tester, which I'm going to do, is that you can't rate the app. 😞

Jun 14, 2017, 2:40 am

Works just fine! Many thanks for all the hard work put in.

Jun 14, 2017, 3:24 am

If you want LibraryThing to do well: Rate the app! Give it five stars!

Edited: Jun 14, 2017, 5:54 am

What's there seems to work fine (Nexus 7 v.2) but I had hoped it could provide an offline version of your catalog when browsing a book store as my tablet is wi-fi only and I don't use a smartphone.

Jun 14, 2017, 6:16 am

Hurrah! Thanks very much for doing this - it's really useful, and seems to work fine so far on my phone (HTC One M9 with Android 7.0).

Jun 14, 2017, 8:50 am

Downloaded it last night and even scanned in my first book, one I'd bought at a used book store yesterday that wasn't on my wish list. This will be quite a time saver when entering new books.

Edited: Jun 14, 2017, 10:41 am

This is awesome! I wish I had a book to catalogue, but I've tested it out some. I have a couple comments:

1. Sorting doesn't stick when in "Your Catalog." I don't know if this is intentional, but it seems counterintuitive. (Also it seems odd that "Ascending" isn't the default switch for things like author name and book name.)

2. HTML doesn't render in reviews, but appears as is (here is a screenshot).

3. I don't know if it's possible, but it would be nice if there was some kind of indication that the app could read a barcode, but that the barcode was not an ISBN. I kept hovering over a barcode, and jut could not get it to scan. Eventually I looked more closely at it and realized the numbers under the barcode did not match the book's ISBN, so I assume that's what was happening. I haven't had any problem scanning barcodes otherwise with my test books.

Jun 14, 2017, 11:15 am

>37 Jarandel: We hear you. Lots of folks requesting this, but we've currently got some other features we want to roll out first, before we look further into offline capabilities. Maybe further down the line.

>40 Stevil2001: Thanks for the feedback! Sort not sticking is by design, I believe. The idea being that folks are more likely to be interested in what was most recently added to their catalog.

The HTML in reviews issue may not be something we can fix, based on Android's rules—I'm checking with devs about that one.

And, similarly, I'm not sure if there's a way for the scanner to recognize that it is, in fact, seeing a barcode, just one that it's not supposed to be able to read. I worry that we'd get too many false negatives. For example, I've got a few barcodes that are slightly obscured by label residue, which take some fiddling with the right scanning angle before they'll read. Chances are, those would get rejected.

Jun 14, 2017, 11:19 am

>40 Stevil2001: Devs confirm the HTML issue is a bug. We should be able to fix that! Thanks for reporting!

Jun 14, 2017, 11:19 am

I updated the OP to include this, too, but here's a video I made of speed-cataloging with the Android app.

Jun 14, 2017, 11:45 am

>41 lorannen:
Add my vote to the pile of those requesting offline access to the catalogue. It's a very useful feature when you're browsing bookshops abroad (which is very easy to do here in Europe).

(There's a third-party app I can use for offline access to my catalogue, so I'm good, but I really do think that this is something LT's official app should do out-of-the-box.)

Jun 14, 2017, 11:50 am

>44 Petroglyph: Good luck with that request. Somewhere over on the iPhone discussion, they explained why it wasn't going to happen. It made sense (whatever the reason was, which I don't remember), and I moved on. I'm lucky that my phone gets decent signal even in the depths of the bookstore I frequent.

Jun 14, 2017, 11:53 am

I recently got a tablet and this is the first app I have downloaded. Just added a book using the bar code scanner—so easy! Thank you.

Please add another vote for offline access. I think the app would be perfect then.

Edited: Jun 14, 2017, 12:08 pm

Jun 14, 2017, 1:24 pm

Downloaded the app to my phone (Nexus 5X, Android 7.1.2) and it seems to work really well so far. Adding covers using the camera is an issue, though. On my phone, at least, the camera is inverted when I try to use it within the app. This makes taking pictures quite challenging to say the least.

Jun 14, 2017, 1:28 pm

>48 shadrach_anki: Hmm, that's weird! Can you describe what you mean by inverted? When you open the barcode scanning feature, you should see the highlighted box with a red line through it for the barcode toward the bottom of your screen. The rest of the window should be sort of grayed out. Like this screenshot.

Jun 14, 2017, 1:44 pm

The barcode scanner works just fine (and super fast; I love it!). The problem I'm having is with taking pictures of covers to add to my books. Hopefully this screenshot helps explain:

I am holding my phone in the standard "upright" position for this, but as you can see, the camera is flipping what it is viewing upside down. This also inverts all the directions for moving the camera to focus on the image (shifting left moves it right, up moves it down, etc).

Jun 14, 2017, 1:48 pm

>50 shadrach_anki: Thanks for the screenshot and details! A couple other things that might help us narrow this down: What type of device and Android version are you using? Android version usually be found under Settings > About phone.

Jun 14, 2017, 1:49 pm

So excited to have this! I have a huge stack of books to catalog. Downloaded the app and scanned in one book using the barcode scanner. Haven't been able to scan another. I think I'm doing it right. Is anybody else having any issues?

Jun 14, 2017, 1:50 pm

>51 lorannen: I have a Nexus 5X running Android 7.1.2

Jun 14, 2017, 5:17 pm

>45 Lyndatrue:
I was involved in the IOS discussion, and I'm aware that staff offline access will only be added in the far future, if at all. But it never hurts to state requests for additional features loudly and unambiguously.

Jun 15, 2017, 9:44 am

>16 lorax: Do I need to ... reinstall to get the current version, or is the beta labeling just stale?
>20 conceptDawg: You can ignore it and stay in the beta program

Does the released (non-beta) version of the App, on the Account page under the logo, show: Version 1.0 (build 19) as it does on my up-to-date Beta version? I ask because the build number is important when reporting bugs.

Jun 15, 2017, 11:23 am

>55 civitas: The released version is build 19. And yes, it will show in that place.

Jun 15, 2017, 11:51 am

>53 shadrach_anki: We haven't been able to reproduce this behavior so far. When you open the camera to take pictures of your covers within the app, is it initially upside down, or do you see it right side up first, and then the camera rotates? If the latter, it may be your device's reading the angle at which you're holding it, and turning on screen lock, or experimenting with taking the picture at a slightly different angle may help.

Jun 15, 2017, 1:23 pm

>57 lorannen: It is initially upside down, and no amount of phone rotating changes that orientation. The app does not exhibit this behavior in the barcode scanner, only if I try to use it to take pictures of book covers.

Jun 15, 2017, 2:40 pm

>58 shadrach_anki:

If you take the picture, does the cover end up upside-down, or does it get flipped back to the correct orientation?

Jun 15, 2017, 3:14 pm

>1 lorannen: The LibraryThing Android app has arrived!

A long anticipated summer always arrives with bugs.

There is a thread in the Bug Collectors group (LT Android app (Alpha/Beta)) for consolidating beta App bugs. Are you going to create a corresponding collection thread for the released version? Or, should we just go ahead and enter bugs individually?

Jun 15, 2017, 3:18 pm

>59 lorax: The picture remains upside-down.

Jun 15, 2017, 3:25 pm

>60 civitas: Here we go:

One thread to rule them all, for now.

Edited: Jun 15, 2017, 4:48 pm

I just downloaded the app and went to work with it entering a number of books to my library that had been sitting around.
The bar-code reader is fast!
Having a library of sometimes relatively obscure books formerly made it difficult to enter my books but today that changed!
Thank you for a great product.
Installation was to a Samsung Galaxy S7 and the install was seamless.

Jun 16, 2017, 6:55 am

Saw this morning that Android app was now available and I did the happy dance. After work I went and collected some books that I had ordered. Once home, I decided to try the scan feature in the add to catalogue and wow, what a great working feature. I scanned five books and it was so quick and easy.

Thanks for making the android app a reality. It's great for scaning new books and I've also used it to check my wishlist and my library catalogue. The search engine is great also, as I used that to search for an author I knew I had in the my collection but I didn't know what number in the series I was up to. Quick results, found the information, which helped me determine whether to buy/not buy a book - note: I did buy a book based on what my collection said I didn't own.

Jun 16, 2017, 9:36 am

I downloaded the app to my Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini - but can't work out how to get it to work.
I got as far as placing the phone over the barcode of my book - and it seemed ready to work - but how do you make it scan?
Is there a "Librarything App for Dummies" yet?
Loved the video by the way...

Jun 16, 2017, 12:52 pm

>65 noellib: If it's an actual ISBN barcode, it should scan automatically. There's no button to press or anything to make it scan. If you're having trouble with scanning, we've got some tips that might help on the App Help page.

The easiest one to check is to make sure you've got decent lighting, or turn on your phone's flash. Try bringing your phone closer to or farther away from the barcode in question, and especially make sure to try a couple of different barcodes. I've got a few books in my collection that never seem to scan, due to the barcode being scuffed up or partly obscured by label residue.

Jun 16, 2017, 2:40 pm

>65 noellib: after you hit Add Books, you have to press the icon with the bar code with a line through it, which opens up your camera. (going by the iPhone app)

Jun 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

I tried to scan three books today.
The first one, Family Food, went excellently, but the others, Fish & Fish (Dutch translation), and Proef Oranjebloesem did not do anything. Could it be because they are not on Is there any way to add more sources to use in the app? Vlaamse Centrale Catalogus usually does well with my books.

Jun 16, 2017, 3:54 pm

I'm just wondering, and apologies if this was answered in iOS talk, but can we take inventory using this app?

Jun 16, 2017, 4:12 pm

>69 knotbox: I don't think so, but would I love that.

Jun 16, 2017, 7:48 pm

>68 wester: I know under the account button there is a few selectors that allow you to choose what sources you use. All one says is library, so not sure which source that goes to, but it isn't supposed to use Amazon if that slider is unchecked. (I think?)

Jun 16, 2017, 8:19 pm

library is overcat.

Jun 16, 2017, 8:19 pm

Thanks for your advice - but it still doesn't work for me. I followed the instructions in App Help Page and tried with several books, all with very clear ISBN barcodes. Perhaps my phone camera is not up to the job?

Edited: Jun 17, 2017, 3:08 am

Thanks for releasing the Android version. You can download the same app on tablets and phones and works great in both. I have the phone version (the only available for iOS) on my iPad and does not look smooth and as part of the of the system. I love how easy is to add covers to your books by taking a picture with the device's camera, and even cropping and editing them before uploading it.

Jun 17, 2017, 12:34 pm

I really love the app. It is simple to use and attractive to look at. I had a couple of questions, mainly out of curiosity rather than anything else, and apologies if they were previously asked and answered.

Would you ever consider a quick add of tags? For me, I think this would be there most useful feature that isn't currently supported.

Where does the genre information come from? I've never seen that before.

Jun 18, 2017, 8:02 am

Awesome! I had already installed the unpublished app, but it's great to see version 1.0!

Jun 18, 2017, 9:12 am

I can't believe how fast and easy the scanner works! I read eBooks exclusively now but I still have a few paper books that I haven's added to my library so now I can get them done in no time.

Jun 18, 2017, 6:28 pm

When do you expect to add a recommendations button on the app ? Is by Labor Day being too hopeful ?

Jun 19, 2017, 11:51 am

Will this be available at the Amazon app store for Kindle users?

Jun 19, 2017, 12:38 pm

>79 seward78courtright: I suggest you post your question on the thread listed below.

Jun 19, 2017, 1:16 pm

I don't think it's a bug, but should I repost my request to take inventory with the app in that thread too?

Edited: Jun 19, 2017, 2:50 pm

>80 ulmannc: That's not a bug.

It was mentioned in another thread, but I can't find it at the moment . The answer was no. But you should be able to side load it, as Kindle Fire tablets are modified Android operating systems and will allow that.

The conversation about the Fire is here:

Jun 19, 2017, 2:48 pm

>82 gilroy: You are right! I misread the intro on the bug thread.

Jun 19, 2017, 4:18 pm

I downloaded the app and it appears to work fine. I use tags more than most other features, including checking for a book when I can't remember the exact title but I know the tags I associated with it. Right now tags do get searched but anything with the search word also shows up in the search. I'd request more specific tag features. However, thanks for getting an Android app out there for us!

Jun 19, 2017, 4:43 pm

Right now tags do get searched but anything with the search word also shows up in the search.

Isn't that what you expect to happen? If you search for books tagged "history" you find all books with "history" in the tag? (I've got the app, but I'm signed into my son's account, not mine, on it, and I don't tag extensively so I can't really test. It's way too easy to accidentally delete a book with the app for me to be comfortable using it - why the programmers thought "delete books" would be such a common need as to make a quick and easy way to do it escapes me.)

Edited: Jun 19, 2017, 4:52 pm

Thanks so much for the app - it is good to see it.

I'm having the same issue with camera upsidedown. Nexus 5X Android 7.1.2.

Also, can I suggest that at some future stage, the image editing for covers has an easier way to crop? For example, CamScanner auto-detects edges (even if angled) which is really nice. Also, my fingers found it a little too easy to move the image rather than crop - could crop mode just be confined to cropping?

Anyway, thanks again - great development.

Edited: Jun 19, 2017, 4:52 pm

>85 lorax: I think he means that he gets books with history in the title as well since there doesn't seem to be a way to limit the search to just tags.

Edited: Jun 19, 2017, 5:17 pm

>75 sturlington: We're considering adding the tagging feature to the app (among a couple other things) as our next major improvement.

Genre, I believe, comes from LoC Subject Headings, and is not editable.

>78 AquariusNat: That's much too soon, I'm afraid. We've got some other features in the pipe line to finish first. Can you tell me more about what aspects of Recommendations you'd like to see if we do tackle adding them to the app? There are lot of different varieties of Recommendations on LT!

>79 seward78courtright: Not currently, but we're looking into it (

>81 knotbox: No need to re-post. We've got that request on our radar. Plus, it's not a bug.

Jun 19, 2017, 5:32 pm

I am thinking of the automatic recommendations. The member recs could probably wait awhile .

Jun 19, 2017, 6:51 pm

THere's a new beta version available that has multiple bug fixes/improvements.
I've created a new Talk thread to keep up with releases and announcements for the app.

LTApp Android Updates/Announcements

Jun 19, 2017, 7:11 pm

Is "genre" coming into the app?

Jun 19, 2017, 8:34 pm

>91 timspalding: Yep! On detail pages.

Jun 19, 2017, 11:11 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You've made me very happy. :)

Jun 20, 2017, 2:57 am

>68 wester:, >71 gilroy:, >72 JerryMmm: The books that won't scan are on overcat, so it seems it's not the catalogue; there must some other cause they won't scan.
I do suppose one scan-able out of three is an improvement over zero, but there definitely is room for further improvement.

Edited: Jun 20, 2017, 3:46 am

The scanning works beautifully for me (Samsung G7 Edge). The book gets catalogued into the "My library" collection. Is there a way to change this when more than one collection is available? Thank you.

Jun 20, 2017, 5:33 am

can I toggle my books to display title/author only without covers? just like the book catalogue app, from where I knew the name of this site. And secondly in case of Bengali Language book name is not showing alphabetically.

Jun 20, 2017, 6:29 am

>95 drasvola: What happens if you change the default collection on the Add Books page in a web browser the usual way?

Jun 20, 2017, 9:33 am

>87 jjwilson61:

I think he means that he gets books with history in the title as well since there doesn't seem to be a way to limit the search to just tags.

I cannot replicate that behavior. I get the same results for a "tags:foo" search in the app that I do on the site itself, which are different from an unconstrained search for "foo" in the case I tested. (Not linking, because again, I am using my kid's account in the app, and don't want to publicly connect my pseudonym with kid's name, since the information in his account could identify me.)

Jun 20, 2017, 10:50 am

>97 anglemark:

Thanks. I've found the procedure by myself. Clicking on the scan icon will bring up an edit page where the collection for cataloguing can be set.

Jun 20, 2017, 12:38 pm

>94 wester: I've got a few barcodes on my own books that won't scan, due to being worn away, or otherwise obscured on the cover. If 1/3 scanning properly continues to be your average, that's definitely a problem, and not how it should be working.

>96 ovmanyu: There is currently no way to set your catalog to display without covers, but you're not the first to request that ability. We don't have a plan to add that at the moment, but maybe in future updates.

Jun 20, 2017, 12:57 pm

>88 lorannen: Thanks! I'll haul out my laptop and cuecat in the meantime. :D You are all amazing. ♥

Jun 20, 2017, 1:08 pm

>95 drasvola: You can select the collection during the Add Books process. It's at the top of the scanning screen or the bottom of the book details screen if you're doing a typed search.

Jun 20, 2017, 1:42 pm

>102 conceptDawg:

Many thanks for the additional information. Great application!

Edited: Jun 20, 2017, 2:33 pm

Copying conceptDawg's post from another thread:

We tested the app on the Amazon Fire tablet and, unfortunately, it's going to take a little more time to get it ready for the Amazon store. There are differences in the Android version that Amazon uses for its devices and we'll need to program around those differences before releasing.

If all goes well we might have something within a week or so.

Jun 20, 2017, 7:10 pm

The app loads perfectly on my 10" tablet (with a custom android OS). Thanks for this. It really helps.

A couple of UI suggestions for a future version (Please excuse me if these have already been suggested. There are so many comments that I could not read them all.).

1. It would be great to display the user name, once he/she has signed in. If you could place it on the right of the title bar, it would display on every site page. Right now, the user doesn't know for sure that they are signed in.

2. If a link in the app takes you to a page on the website that displays in your browser instead of the app, could you automatically sign the user in on the browser page, since they are already signed in on the app? An example is the link in the news section to the June early reviewers page. Right now, you have to sign in again when the link takes you there.

3. A Contact/Help/Support link on the site would really help.

Keep up the great work!

Jun 21, 2017, 10:48 am

>105 Sundevyl: Thanks for the suggestions.
1. We can't do that because there are some users with insanely long usernames. Space is at a premium on mobile devices. And pretty much every action causes you to be signed in. The app prompts you if it needs to.

2. This should be happening already. If it's not then it's a bug.

3. I'll look at finding a place for that.

Edited: Jun 21, 2017, 10:50 am

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Jun 21, 2017, 4:29 pm

>106 conceptDawg: Signed in, yes, but to which account?

Jun 21, 2017, 5:05 pm

This is great! I was able to add a whole shelf of books in no time from my phone! The scan and search is super fast! I had been just typing in ISBNs on my computer, the little kitty scanner never worked all that well, so this phone app is fantastic. I know I was upset that Apple users got it first, but I'm pleased at how this Android app turned out. It didn't update the number of books in my collection, but perhaps it will when I restart my phone. The collection update is on my desktop version. And so easy to add a cover picture. Thank you!!

Edited: Jun 21, 2017, 8:48 pm

>109 cnfoht: You can force this to refresh by dragging and pulling down on the top of that list! It will also automatically refresh if you quit the app and come back to it.

Jun 21, 2017, 9:10 pm

An unable to scan the Blu-Ray DVD if Disney Pixar Finding Dory. I think it is a UPC.

Jun 21, 2017, 9:25 pm

I'm so glad the app is out! I spent much of today recommending it to everyone.

1. I was wondering if there is any way a future update could make adding a read date a minor edit instead of linking to the full site? One of the main things I like is to keep track of when I read books and it's still really cumbersome to do on the app.

2. I also saw a comment about making formats--ebook, paperback, etc--visible when searching. I'd love to see that, too, in a future update and it listed in the minor edits page for things in your collection. I currently do have different collections for formats as a work around as suggested, but that doesn't entirely solve the matter when searching/adding.

Jun 21, 2017, 9:40 pm

I am unable to scan a 1981 book Betty Cricket's Chinese Cookbook. It has a strange ISBN & bar code. Has the format evolved since then?

Jun 21, 2017, 10:26 pm

>113 Zathera:

So, the ISBN works. Type it in and see. But the UPC is, like a good many, is a mass-market paperback. Basically, these numbers don't identify the book, but merely the general thing and price. Many many books have the UPC 07980800995. So you have to scan the ISBN.

Conceptdawg. Scanning that UPC should GIVE you a message about mass-market UPCs. It does within Add Books. Is it not doing so within the app?

Jun 21, 2017, 10:28 pm

>115 timspalding:

On the iPhone, when I scan that (off the screen) it gives me that message—No results… You are probably scanning a mass market paperback, etc. This is true on the Android, right?

Jun 21, 2017, 10:56 pm

How I feel too:)

Jun 21, 2017, 11:02 pm

Now if I could organize my books into groups like:fiction,non-fiction,poetry,essays,cooking &Diet books,arts&crafts.
Is that what "tags"are for?

Jun 21, 2017, 11:06 pm

I've spent the last 3 (or is it 4?) days enjoying the mobile phone app. The download to my Nexus 5 was flawless even though it is an older android (vers. 6.0.1, Bld M4B30Z).

And I'm loving the software! Big kudos to the devs that came up with this. So far, no bugs have been evident.

My only downside is that I'm way behind on writing some reviews because it is so easy to scan in my library. I'm addicted to reviewing the books, since I'm pretty selective about what I choose to keep.

I am also amazed at how many of my books don't have an ISBN (never mind a bar code). So lots of manual work still to go. But at least this app is great for bar coded books.

Jun 21, 2017, 11:30 pm

I really love the Android app. Thanks so much. One feature I'd like to suggest for a future release is to be able to view a list of your tags with the number of books you own for each tag like you're able to with the computer version. I use that feature a lot.

Jun 22, 2017, 12:08 am

I was so excited for an Android app. I loved it on my iphone. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow me to scan bar codes. I tried uninstalling it and reinstalling,. Still doesn't work. It does allow me to manually add them. Using a Samsung 7 edge.

Jun 22, 2017, 12:09 am

Unfortunately, it doesn't allow me to scan bar codes.

Can you describe how it fails? Does the camera not come up? Does it never see anything? Etc.

Jun 22, 2017, 12:21 am

The android app should also show you the message about mass market paperback on some UPC scans. The android scanner actually scans MORE barcodes than the iOS version (ie, it accepts some kinds of barcode that the iOS version doesn't recognize). We've thought about limiting it a bit more (no UPCs for instance) but I feel like the mass-market message is important in some cases.

Jun 22, 2017, 12:26 am

>117 ccbarr: You can use tags for that. Or you can create Collections and put the books into those collections. It's really a personal preference in how you think/organize. Also, for the first few years of its life LibraryThing didn't have Collections so everybody used Tags. But now, they are two solutions to similar problems.

I think most people use Collections for the thing that you are describing and use Tags for interesting keywords, topics, etc. for each book. So you could tag a book "WWII, war, Europe, germany" and and put it in the "History" Collection.

Unfortunately, the editing of Collections is limited to the website. That feature is coming to the app in the next major release. But you can edit all of your Collections on the site and then they will be available from within the app.

Jun 22, 2017, 10:15 am

It does not scan at all, so no message. It acts like it would if I focused on the floor or my hand.

Jun 22, 2017, 10:17 am

I've created new categories to add different types of groups. However, this is a manual designation. It is nice that they can belong to as many different categories as you like. Not really sure myself how tags work.

Jun 22, 2017, 10:18 am

I see a count on my android for each category in my catalog. Not tags.

Jun 22, 2017, 10:22 am

I agree. I spent hours on the first day trying to find the button to take the scan. I didn't realize it would do it automatically if it liked it.

Jun 22, 2017, 10:27 am

BTW, I love the jump to first unread function on here. Takes the pain out of a big thread.

Edited: Jun 22, 2017, 10:50 am

>85 lorax:
Maybe I didn't fully describe the issue. On the regular site, you can access tags directly. That is what I would want to do. As a second best approach, I tried using the search function, but that isn't a good substitute because of the issue I described. Yes, search works as you would expect, but I would have liked to be able to just access my tags.

I actually ran into this last night when I wanted to check if I had a book that would be among those I tag a certain way. Thing is, there is still always the browser version. So not a big thing for me really.

Jun 22, 2017, 11:21 am

>129 GwenH:

Ah, got it. So the issue isn't so much with search (which works the same on site and the app), as with not being able to access the list of tags? But it sounds like your use-case was primarily "Do I have this book" (for which you can search within the app) and secondarily "Do I have this book with this tag", and that your preferred workflow of answering that question is "Go to my list of tags, navigate to my chosen tag, and look at the list of books thus tagged?" "Go to my list of tags and click on the one I want to look for" is just an alternative (and IMO clunkier, but that's personal preference) way to get to the same result as "Search for books tagged with a particular tag". Or am I still not understanding you?

Edited: Jun 23, 2017, 12:55 am

I am having some issues with the barcode scanner and cover finder camera feature. I have a few hundred more books to scan, but the camera interface is glitchy. It often refuses to focus at all, but I have tested my camera and it focuses normally in all other apps.
I often give up and type the ISBN manually.
The camera screen for the cover making section is nearly entirely lime green with a small sliver of the actual camera view on the right-hand side when I try to take a picture.
Other than this issue, I really like the app. It should help me from buying duplicate volumes. It can be hard to remember what you already have with a large collection.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Express 3 (Samsung J1) with 6.0.1 Android.

Jun 23, 2017, 3:10 am

We are working on a fix for the focusing issues.

Jun 24, 2017, 3:13 pm

Installed today!

I haven't been active on LT much, but I anticipate a surge, not just playing around with the app, but adding covers to some of my uncommon items that lack them. I've been wanting to do that, but it always seemed to involve two devices; now I can do it on one.

Jun 25, 2017, 2:40 pm

Hmm. Just downloaded it from Google Play and my Avast anti-virus told me it contained malware. Uninstalled! Any idea what's up with this? Thanks!

Jun 25, 2017, 3:26 pm

I also use the tag feature to classify my books. It would be great to be able to browse using tags and also to be able to enter tags when adding a book.

Otherwise, the application work nicely!



Jun 25, 2017, 10:22 pm

Woohoo! I downloaded it today. Haven't tested out the add books feature yet but I'm excited to.

Jun 26, 2017, 10:04 am

>134 dragonflyseye: For what it is worth, I also use Avast on my android phone and I did not get any warnings.

Jun 26, 2017, 11:00 am


Info on Avast and reporting false positives:

Jun 26, 2017, 1:30 pm

Interesting. I suspect it may be a false positive, but like to be cautious. Probably just need to load it and not worry about the warning. Thanks for the info.

Jun 27, 2017, 12:46 am

From everything that I've read about Avast I'm a bit leery of working with it. It seems like a scheme to eventually pull money from developers to get their apps whitelisted in Avast. We CAN get the app whitelisted but it means that we have to send them a copy of our binary every time we have a new build so that they can "analyze" it. This screams scam, as well as slowing down all development while we wait on their results.

So, long story short, we're not going to play that game.

Jun 27, 2017, 7:19 am

I love the app, it works well for me on a OnePlu3, running LineageOS

One feature I would love to see, that would finally cause me to leave GoodReads, would be an easy one-click option to "Start reading" and "finish reading" that would just populate the relevant reading dates for the book, based on the current date.

Jun 27, 2017, 3:54 pm

>141 alanz: Thanks for the feedback. That would be a great feature to have and we'll discuss it.

Jun 27, 2017, 4:31 pm

>142 conceptDawg:

Please make any connection between "Currently Reading" and the dates optional or at least editable - not everyone checks LT every day to get the dates set correctly, and some people use Currently Reading but not the read dates, or vice versa.

Jun 27, 2017, 4:37 pm

I love Avast on my computer, it's a very good free antivirus. On mobile it just slows down my operating system.

Jun 28, 2017, 5:06 am

Speaking of reading dates - it would be great to see the start/end dates on the primary book page (the page that appears after you click on the book in the catalog). I'd find that much more useful than Publication.

Jun 28, 2017, 7:05 am

>145 r.orrison: well, I find the publication info invaluable, I put the exact edition there, and condition, so that should not be removed.
Reading dates for me are minutiae that don't interest me at all, let alone on the quick overview screen.

Edited: Jun 30, 2017, 12:35 pm

Love the app so far. The new update allowed me to save it to my external memory, which all apps should have. I would like to be able to toggle on and off what is visible when viewing a book in the quick overview screen. I don't care about member tags so I want to turn those off, but I would like to be able to see what format I own a book in without having to select edit to see full details.

Jun 30, 2017, 1:09 pm

>147 Burkshelf: Thanks for the feedback, and glad to hear you're enjoying it! We don't currently have plans to make detail pages customizable in the way you're describing, but I'll certainly make sure the developers get see your request.

Jul 1, 2017, 11:10 am

I try to use the ISBN scanner, and it work well on English speaking book, but it failed on French speaking book (as are most of my books), and I see no way to add a source (With the web site, one can add those book using ISBN with "Amazon France books" or "Amazon France all media")

Edited: Jul 1, 2017, 8:46 pm

I like the app a lot so far, but I have one feature request:

I don't mind the app itself being in English, but please add an option for which language version of the website to open when editing a book/work!

I keep adding (incorrect) Common Knowledge to the English Common Knowledge section as I'm not used to having to switch to German first. As I can't do more than just change the English entries back to an empty string (deletion is not possible) the English Common Knowledge now shows nothing for several books where it could pull in the German values.

So please make it possible to show the German (or other language) version of LT when editing a book!

EDIT: If you do that, maybe make it default to the OS language automatically if available, so that non-English users don't have to change that setting manually. But keep it changeable so that people who like their Android in English still can use the German LT site, e.g..

Jul 2, 2017, 12:42 am

>150 zottel:

Thanks for the idea. CH, can we have it go to an intermediate page that picks your version based on the language?

Jul 8, 2017, 7:26 am

Is it possible to search my catalogue using the bar code scanner? That is, not to add new books, but just have it scan the bar code and search the catalogue for that ISBN?

Jul 8, 2017, 10:37 am

>152 ErlendSkjelten:

I remember that coming up on the iOS thread, and the answer was "We'd like to add that eventually." It's certainly an obvious use-case (I'm in a bookstore. I see an interesting-looking book. Do I have it?)

Jul 11, 2017, 10:12 am

>152 ErlendSkjelten: I imagine it will be when we get inventory feature, which I would love but can still carry around my laptop to do with a cuecat (man, I really love the cuecat) but as for checking the catalogue-- it's a messy thing, but you *could* add it and see if it comes up as a duplicate :)

Jul 11, 2017, 11:06 am

Or, you could just enter the author's name in the search box on the app and see if you have it. If the title is more unique, search for that.

Someday it might be a feature but I wouldn't delay using it until then. :) Someday can be years as past experience with LT feature requests proves.


Jul 11, 2017, 11:56 am

>155 Keeline:

Oh, I think everyone knows that it is possible to search in the app, people are asking about this particular method.

Edited: Jul 12, 2017, 6:37 pm

In reply to all those requesting offline access and to LT folk,
I don't really want all that data piling up on my phone, and I'd like it to be accessible online so I can see it from all my devices. However, maybe a download .csv or flat list of my catalog would serve the same function.
It wouldn't provide all the services, but at least I could check my inventory to avoid dupes or to check if I have #9 in the series.
If you wanted to make it fancier, could build a "reader" that could present that download nicely, make it searchable on a couple fields.
User would download when signal is available.
This approach would spare those of us with limited space from overloading, and still allow limited offline info.

Jul 12, 2017, 10:56 pm

I don't think storage on the device is too much of an issue, as long as no covers are included it can't be more than a few megabytes for the whole catalogue. Only recovering it for the first time then updating at the user's request would take care of limited storage, limited data plans and/or shifting in and out of phone signal/wifi areas.

It doesn't really matter if the offline version is not up to date to the last minute, most people would remember their last additions anyway, but having the bulk of the catalogue available would prevent "eh, actually I already read that" or "oops, (I/someone else in the household) already bought that 10 years ago" moments. Not prone to them myself but I know a few people who are :)

Jul 17, 2017, 5:49 pm

i've been some new bookshops lately- what with the holidays etc - and dare i say it again: i do miss the format on the bookpage - i find it very risky to have to go to edit to check on a smallish mobile screen if a certain book is already (or not) in my collection in a physical or digital format;
edrys' suggestion of an ebook collection is valid but a lot of work for a field that's already available as such & the idea to use tags i find very uneconomic as loads of current bookpages currently show,
anyhoo, thanks for giving it your attention!

Jul 20, 2017, 12:07 pm

>130 lorax: Sorry for the late response. My problem was probably just a special case type thing - a couple of situations that are probably not general enough to worry about.
(1) I can remember how I tagged a book, but for the life of me I can't remember the title. I can just continue to go to the browser site for this.
(2) I have in my hand a book that looks interesting but I think I may have way too many books in a particular custom tag already, so I want to check before adding. This I can use the search for. It won't get me exactly what I want, or I may have to do multiple searches, but it will be close. Or I can just use the browser website.

I can see how the app is useful for inputting a large number of books at once. (watched the video!). I might try this if I decide to enter my media library and it works for dvds and cds. That would be kind of nice. (unless the little Cat scanner works on dvds and cds, I have one) Currently my dvds are on an incomplete spreadsheet and my cds are jpgs in a file folder (w/ tags, lol).

Jul 26, 2017, 10:29 am

I wanted to add that I also miss the feature to scan an ISBN code to find it in my library. It would be so much easier to prevent buying books twice (or more...).

Jul 26, 2017, 10:43 am

I must say that I have never procrastinated LESS than I do now in getting new books in my catalogue! Because it's just SO EASY TO ADD NEW BOOKS!

(Not saying you are enabling me to buy more or anything...)

Jul 26, 2017, 2:57 pm

>161 Saradoc: It's not at the top of our list right now, but it is highly requested, so it's on our radar.

>162 knotbox: Us? Enable people to buy books? Well I never...!

Jul 28, 2017, 7:55 pm

Love the app! The scanner is extremely convenient and fast. I wanted to let you know that I got very confused as to what to do next when adding, though -- eventually I clicked over through "Review" because I ran out of other buttons but I was pretty convinced it was going to let me write or read book reviews, not double-check what I'd added. I was expecting "Save" or "Accept" button language instead (or even no button with an instasave).

It is all clear now what the workflow is intended to be, of course. Just wanted to pass the insta-usability feedback on. Thanks for the nifty app!

Jul 28, 2017, 8:26 pm

>164 pammab: Thanks for the feedback! We really appreciate it. The lack of a "Save" button is by design—mostly for the sake of speed.

While we're looking forward to adding features like editing/adding tags and reviews down the line, the Review page you found while scanning is there to allow members to look over what they've added in their most recent scanning session—that way you don't have to stare at the screen and wait for it to complete searching and adding one book, before you move onto scanning the next. It makes for much faster cataloging larger quantities of books.

Jul 28, 2017, 10:15 pm

>165 lorannen: But still, Review seems to be a poor choice of words.

Jul 28, 2017, 10:56 pm

>166 jjwilson61: I'm open to other suggestions. I'd agree with you if it weren't for the fact that this only appears in scan mode, after you've scanned at least one item. It needs to be short, obviously, because space on mobile is precious.

Jul 29, 2017, 1:51 pm

Edited: Jul 30, 2017, 2:49 am

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. It was a breeze today to add 35 titles that I just haven't felt like manually loading. I'm so lazy. :) I'm gonna giggle the next time I'm in the bookstore or library & I pull out my phone to check... Do I already have that? Have I already read it? Do I have it on Kindle but want it on paper? (I'm quite known for purchasing duplicates). This made my weekend.

Aug 2, 2017, 1:24 am

> 167
"Proceed" gives the sense of "you need to click this for your next step", so that might stand in for "Review". Another idea (second choice from me), "Verify" is less overloaded than "Review" in LT's context.

Aug 2, 2017, 4:38 pm

I also found "review" confusing and "proceed" or "continue" sound perfect to me.

Aug 3, 2017, 12:15 am

>171 igorken: Point taken, but I feel like "proceed" or "continue" both give the impression that there's an extra step one must complete before the books are actually added, when this is not the case.

Aug 3, 2017, 12:54 am

>172 lorannen: Ooh, that it was in fact insta-saved wasn't clear to me. Maybe a brief toast announcing each successful save? (link for anyone else following along)

Not to belabor this! Just an idea for a future release.

Aug 3, 2017, 1:04 am

>173 pammab: Yep! The "Review" button is just for—um, "reviewing" the list of what's been added in your current scan session. Barcodes that scan get instantly saved to your collections!

Aug 3, 2017, 7:12 am

Would "Review List" be better? "Review Additions"?

Aug 3, 2017, 8:32 am

I like "verify."

Aug 3, 2017, 9:38 am

"Confirm" ?

Aug 3, 2017, 11:33 am

I use the App to quickly check to see if I already have a book. It's great!

I also like that I can quickly go to the full LT page from the link View on LibraryThing at the bottom of a book's detail to see other books in a series and whether I have them or not.

I haven't tried adding books because I'm a control freak and like using the Add books feature of LT, but I can see how it would be beneficial to get a lot of books in quickly.

Aug 3, 2017, 2:21 pm

They've already been added, so verify and confirm don't seem appropriate (there isn't an option to confirm or reject them). I like "Recent" or if there's room "Recent Additions"

Aug 3, 2017, 4:13 pm

"Finish" which is used in most installation routine might work.

Aug 3, 2017, 4:36 pm

But the books are already added, so you don't actually need to click the button to finish the job.

Aug 3, 2017, 5:42 pm

>181 r.orrison:
Installations are completed already, too. It's like "clear".

Aug 4, 2017, 10:09 am

What about just "view"?

Aug 5, 2017, 7:34 am

Ya, you don't have to click on the Finish button on installations, clicking the X to close the window works the same (usually).

Aug 5, 2017, 11:16 am

I like "recent" for that. (Also it matches "recently added" on the website add books.) It's pretty clear that "review" isn't clear.

I also want to say that while I won't be a massive user of the app unless we get offline access or inventory, adding books really is a lot easier now and I am addicted! (...when it works as opposed to refusing to scan or taking ages to search.)

I have a fair number of books where I have to manually enter the ISBN, though, and it would be really nice if manual entry ISBN was as smooth as scanned ISBN. (Like it is when I use the website.)

#1 wish is that when I manually enter an ISBN and then go to manually enter another one, it clears the search box so I don't have to highlight + delete the previous one first.

It would also be nice if a manually-entered ISBN that had only one result didn't make me go though so many extra confirm steps compared to scanning. I realize Tim thinks all manual entry is untrustworthy, but the chance of a mistyped ISBN being valid is not much higher than a mis-scanned one.

Aug 13, 2017, 5:55 pm

>186 lorannen: Thanks for the feedback. I certainly won't rule it out as a possibility, but I can tell you that we don't currently have plans to expand the app's sorting options in the near future. For reference, you can currently sort by the following fields:

- Title
- Author
- Rating
- Date added
- Publication date

Aug 16, 2017, 6:22 pm

>174 lorannen: what about Scanned, that's literally what it is is it not?

Aug 17, 2017, 1:37 am

I second the request for a quick add of tags rather than kicking us to the main site in order to do that

Sep 9, 2017, 7:44 am

Great App, I would suggest it would be able to sort the list, in dewey number, that way it would be easier to order the Library outside the app.

Thanks a lot, great job,

Jan 28, 2018, 1:20 pm

Any news about upcoming features would be appreciated !

Mar 16, 2018, 10:20 am

Hi, I'm answering here to a response on the iPhone thread to a question I asked about the android app.

Hi, couldn't find a thread for the Android app, so I'm posting here.

The app is great and so far no issues. Just one thing that maybe I'm missing.
So far when I added a book I had no problem finding it, since it was in English and I assume the default source is Amazon. However, when I want to search in a different source for a book in a non-English language I can't find it. I have to do it using my desktop PC. Is there any way to change the source when using the app? if not, I think there should be one. I routinely alternate between 2 sources.

The android app thread is here:

To change sources in the Android App:
On the main page, tap on Account
Check Libraries, if it isn't checked.
Uncheck Amazon, if you don't want to use it.

Make sure Quick Find is OFF, otherwise it will take the first option it comes across."

Thanks gilroy,
I've played with it a bit. I tried checking both libraries and Amazon, unchecking Amazon, disabling quick find. It changed the results but didn't show the correct ones on the app.

Here's an example:

This is a search for the book A Tale of Love and Darkness in Hebrew, the original language.
On the left is the search on my PC with the correct results.
On the right is the search on the app. Amazon was unchecked, Libraries was checked, quick find disabled.

Mar 16, 2018, 12:07 pm

Is there a way to have the default as rather than I can't see how to do this anyway. Thanks.

Apr 3, 2018, 12:15 pm

>193 conceptDawg: Not at this point but that option is coming in the next major release.

Jun 26, 2018, 12:08 pm

App is great, I’ve been playing with it all day. Is there a way to customize what shows in the book list in the app? I’d like to see Dewey decimal #s without having to toggle through two clicks.

Jun 30, 2018, 11:03 am

Do you have an ETA for this next major release?
As a French user, a lot of my books are not referenced on, even though they are on, which forces me to use the desktop version.

Thank you for the information

Aug 9, 2018, 1:40 pm

I don't have a definite time frame, but sometime very soon. It's finally in development. A month, possibly?

Aug 10, 2018, 11:47 am

>196 conceptDawg:

Isn't the proper answer, "two weeks?"

Aug 12, 2018, 12:54 pm

Does the app not remember usernames and passwords, or is it something to do with my phone? Alternatively, if I log in to LibraryThing on my phone's browser, is there some way to get to the app from there?

Aug 13, 2018, 11:14 am

>198 alaudacorax: By "remember"—do you mean that it's logging you out? On my phone (Android) I remain logged in until I actively log myself out of my LT account. Or are you looking for an autofill option so you don't have to enter in your username/password?

There's a way to get from the app (while looking at a book) to the main site in your phone's browser, but the reverse is not currently true, I'm afraid.

Aug 13, 2018, 11:38 am

>199 lorannen:

Yes, I was looking for an autofill option as I have separate accounts for DVDs, CDs, etc., and I use long and complex passwords - which are a pain to enter on a mobile phone.

Actually, I've realised it doesn't really matter as I doubt I'll use the app more than once on each account - one massive bout of cataloguing and then it will only be one or two at a time as I buy new items - for which I won't really need to scan barcodes.

Aug 13, 2018, 12:04 pm

>200 alaudacorax: I use a password manager on both my computer and my phone. I log into it and it takes care of remembering stuff for me. So I only have to remember one long and complex password. I've been using it for years and have been very happy with it. There are a number of them out there. The one I use is LastPass.

Aug 13, 2018, 12:38 pm

>200 alaudacorax: Yeah, that's not something our app does, I'm afraid. Depending on your phone, it might be a possibility, but that's usually a browser-feature, if I remember correctly. A password manager, as suggested in >201 PhaedraB: is a good alternative.

Aug 14, 2018, 4:33 am

>201 PhaedraB:, >202 lorannen:

This is off-topic, but thanks for reminding about the password manager - I've been meaning to get one for ages and never getting round to it. I gather it's a bit silly to be as security-conscious as I am and NOT use a password manager.

Aug 15, 2018, 9:34 am

>203 alaudacorax: Continuing to be off-topic, if you're looking to select a manager I really like this recent overview of several popular programs.

I like Keepass myself, but I have family members who find it tricky to use and I'm presently researching an alternate.

Aug 15, 2018, 10:36 am

>204 MyriadBooks: Thanks for that, MyriadBooks.

Nov 9, 2018, 6:35 pm

Thanks for this great app! Although really looking forward to having more data source options -- with non-English books, unfortunately, I cannot use the otherwise very convenient app.

Nov 11, 2018, 5:08 am

>206 daroczig: Of course you can use it. I use it all the time. You cannot use it for adding books, but it's great for checking what you already have when you're in a shop.

Nov 11, 2018, 5:00 pm

>207 anglemark: Except that requires data, so no, it's not. But this is a road that's been traveled before.

Nov 12, 2018, 1:31 am

>208 .Monkey.: You're right, I live in the land of affordable data plans where everyone has one, so I tend to forget that.

Nov 12, 2018, 1:32 am

>209 anglemark:
I live in the same country, and I don't have one.

Nov 12, 2018, 2:39 am

Nov 12, 2018, 3:41 pm

>206 daroczig: The wait is almost over! You should expect our updated iOS App sometime this week, and the Android update within the 1-2 weeks thereafter. We're adding (a bunch of) new data sources with the update. :) Stay tuned.

Nov 14, 2018, 10:51 am

To be clear, we're adding ALL of the datasources. If it's available on for adding books then it will be available via the app. Very soon.

Nov 14, 2018, 11:14 am

>213 conceptDawg: This is extremely exciting! And even more incentive to finally catalog all my books, not just the ones I'm currently reading.

Nov 14, 2018, 3:29 pm

That is very exciting! It might make the app useful for me again! Will it be easier to switch between sources?

Nov 14, 2018, 3:47 pm

>215 melannen: Depends on your definition of "easier"—you'll have to go into the "Account" page to do it, and there's no way to switch between them in one cataloging session.

Nov 14, 2018, 7:42 pm

>213 conceptDawg: Very soon. So like "two weeks"?

Nov 14, 2018, 10:06 pm

>217 gilroy: Hah!

iOS is going out tomorrow, so a couple of days to go through the Apple mothership.
Android work will start as soon as we submit the iOS version. Expect a few weeks of development on that, yes. ;)

Feb 26, 2019, 2:18 pm

Just to be complete: v1.1.1 of the Android app is available.

May 30, 2019, 7:08 pm

It would be nice if the entries in "Your Catalog" included LC Classification. I know I can see it if I click on "Edit", but it's a little slow and hard to read.

Jun 11, 2019, 5:55 am

I have the 1.1.1 version and it is no longer showing me anything except books in my collection.

It knows other items exist (eg that there are 485 items in the collection) but if I go to 'your collection', it only shows me the books and not, for example, the DVDs. Similarly, searching only searches through the books.

If I look at the covers, it has the DVD covers.


Edited: Jun 11, 2019, 11:21 am

>221 lovingboth: For future reference, it's a best to create a new bug report in Bug Collectors for problems or bugs in the app.

Can you tell us some more information about how you're looking for your DVDs within the app? Can you give specific examples of items that aren't showing up? Screenshots would be helpful if you can get and post them!

Jun 29, 2019, 7:05 am

Will do.

From the 'your catalog' / 'add to catalog' / 'cover explorer' etc home page, go to 'your catalog': 'All books' is correct total, but selecting it only shows the books.

Accidentally swiping horizontally while trying to select 'Search all books' gets to 'add to catalog' and shows the fifteen most recently added DVDs.

Going back to 'your catalog' and successfully searching fails to find any DVDs, no matter what I search for.

Going back to the home page, and selecting 'cover explorer' shows the covers, but they're not searchable or sortable.

Mar 5, 2020, 8:07 am

I imagine this has been asked previously, but I'm not finding it, apologies if it has.

The android app adds DVDs to my catalog as soon as I scan. Is there a way of making it warn me of duplicates before it adds (or, even, after it adds).

Mar 5, 2020, 9:26 am

>224 tytocambrensis: It should give you a warning that you have a duplicate, but that's a current bug that needs to get fixed. I've reminded our developers about it, thanks for your patience in the meantime!

Mar 6, 2020, 3:09 am

Thanks, >225 kristilabrie: I can hold off for while on what I was wanting to do, so no problem.

Edited: Dec 13, 2020, 12:32 am

hello, i vote for warning before than after! i want something to check in the bookstore if i already own the book, after i scan a couple of books, i have to go delete the new duplicate entries in my db

Mar 30, 2021, 7:52 pm

I would like to use the Android app of LibraryThing however, it requires the use of google services to scan a barcode. I use an android phone devoid of google services and want to keep it that way. Can the LibraryThing app be updated to not use google services to scan a barcode? I love the app but have no desire to have google services running on my phone.

Can there also be a LibraryThing app made available on F-Droid?


Apr 1, 2021, 12:07 pm

>228 CloudSeven: We probably won't be making a version that doesn't use Google Services any time soon. We are very limited on developer resources and that sort of change is adding drag to the project. Likewise for F-Droid, but that might be easier to swing.

Sep 4, 2022, 4:45 pm

Quiet in here... Is there a way to add ISBN numbers in the android app pls?

Sep 4, 2022, 4:47 pm

>230 davidmatthewson: what do you mean by add? Adding books to your library?
That is done with Add to Catalog. But you need to have more sources than just or one library

Sep 11, 2022, 12:23 pm

>231 gilroy: Thanks - I'm a newbie and a bit dim - using the Android app I want to add books that *only* have isbn numbers printed and no bar codes - mainly older stuff. I can do this on my desktop PC but can't figure out how to add text mode numbers on the app. Much appreciate your help. So yes, adding books to my library. TiA

Sep 11, 2022, 5:24 pm

>232 davidmatthewson:

This is an old thread and it might be well to have a fresh topic.

I use the iOS app but understand the Android is very similar.

Under the Add to Catalog tab there is a search field. You can select the numeric keyboard. You can enter an ISBN and then use the Search button to check against your selected data source.

Picking a reasonable data source for the country of origin of your books can be a key to success.

ISBNs started around 1967 and some publishers started to print them inside the book at this time.

U.S. books also might have an LCCN number. These usually have two digits for the year, a hyphen, and a sequential number when they were cataloged by the Library of Congress. These numbers were used when a library wanted to order cards for a book in their collection (sounds like the LT method of copy-cataloging). These were printed in books from some publishers as early as 1900. Library of Congress is the data source to use. Some other library catalogs, including OverCat, may have them.


Sep 15, 2022, 1:10 pm

>233 Keeline:
Many thanks for that - indeed the Android app allows one to do as you say - just type oin the ISBN. I was just being thick! (also lazy - if I could scan & OCR ISBN I'd like that ;} )


Sep 15, 2022, 2:05 pm

>234 davidmatthewson:

Some time back there was discussion of preferences that members had for how they would allocate resources ($100 was divided) for mobile app development. I think one of the choices was OCR of a typeset ISBN. My guess is that even if something is done, it will be inconsistent in its performance and seem buggy. Will the members accept this or complain of bugs?

With an ISBN-10, you have 11 different characters to detect and the typefaces used tent to be fairly ordinary since this appears on the copyright page. But, there's a bunch of other text that it has to wade through to find piece, especially with a photo from a handheld phone. Barcodes are a bit more forgiving and the actual content is very isolated.

When I was entering the bulk of my books the mobile app option was not available. So I bought a USB numeric keypad and got to be pretty good as entering in ISBNs. It would be easier than an on-screen numeric keypad on the phone. What you are comfortable with may vary.


Oct 5, 2022, 4:23 am

>235 Keeline: Yes, agreed - thanks!

Edited: Dec 13, 2022, 9:42 am

>229 conceptDawg: I wish you had some better news. I only need the book scan function to work. That is the only thing that's the issue.
I run CalyxOS, LineageOS w/microG , and /e/OS on not only my own but friends and families devices. All of which use MicroG to mimic google services and all my apps work great. The only issue here is that the Librarything app is not wanting to scan. Is there a way to have the scan function work without google services? Or is the issue elsewhere? I can understand that developer resources are tight, so why make LibraryThing have the ability to run the book scanning function without said services in general? That is the only problem so far.
Thus far I have projects like BookShelf (your virtual library) and OpenReads having the ability to scan books without google services. No issue at all.
I am using OpenReads now, as it is Opensource. It's not a massive project but it is a lot easier to use when it can scan my physical books.
If this small project can do it, and it is open source, maybe you guys can use that in future versions of Librarything? That can only extend the function of the app. Any thoughts?