Entering or Scanning ISBNs or UPCs

ScoutIQ gives you three options for entering ISBNs or UPCs to check on a book's value:

  • Bluetooth Scanner (recommended) - This is the fastest method to enter data, as you pair a Bluetooth scanner to your phone to read barcodes quickly. 

    Tip: Consider using velcro to attach a barcode scanner to the back of your phone's case so you can scan using one hand and use the other hand to pull books off the shelf. (Click here to learn more about popular Bluetooth scanners and how to pair them to your phone.)
  • Cell Phone Camera- If the item has a barcode, you can use your phone's camera to read the barcode.  Simply tap the orange magnifying glass next to the Barcode Input near the bottom of the screen to open your phone's camera.  Then put the barcode in the center of the rectangle and the app will read it quickly.  Your camera works best with ample lighting.
  • Manual Type-ins- If the item does not have a barcode, you can manually enter the ISBN or barcode by typing it in.  Tap the text box near the bottom of the screen to bring up the phone's keyboard so you can enter the ISBN.
  • Title Searches- if the item doesn't have a barcode, you can manually enter the title and it'll retrieve the best results from Amazon's API.

For scanning books, ScoutIQ can handle both 10-digit and 13-digit ISBNs, as well as the pesky bookstore stickers that have barcodes that start with 290. If multiple books are listed on Amazon using the same ISBN, ScoutIQ automatically selects the book where Amazon's ASIN matches the 10-digit ISBN for database lookups. In 99% of cases, this book is the actual copy you're scanning.  When the ASIN doesn't match the ISBN, it's usually a duplicate listing, a study guide, or an eBook.

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