Tuesday, July 3, 2012

*Winners Announced* Book Crawler App Review and Giveaway

During the last week of school I was trying to come up with a way to catalog all of my school counseling books. I have TONS of school counseling books! I wanted to find an easy way to look up what books I have. I also wanted a way to provide others with a list if they wanted to see what books I have. 


I was thinking of creating a spreadsheet when I decided to see if there were any iPhone apps that would do it for me. I was looking for something that would allow me to scan the bar code of the books and put them into a database.


I discovered that there are lots of different book cataloging iPhone apps available. After reading reviews and looking at screen shots I decided on the Book Crawler App.  I purchased the Book Crawler App from iTunes for $1.99.  The Book Crawler App can be used on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. (Note: You do not have to purchase it for multiple devices... once you buy it it works on all three!)

Below is a screen shot of the opening page of the Book Crawler App on my iPhone.

To enter a book, click on Books.


Next you click the New button in the upper right corner of the app. You are given the options to enter the book manually, use Google Books, or use the ISBN Scanner.


To scan your books in, click on ISBN Scanner and let the scanning begin!


Scanning Our Friendship Rules using the Book Crawler App

So cool how the little scanner comes up and scans your UPC!
(Note: You do not have to have your phone plugged in to anything to do this... 
I just happened to have my phone plugged in to my computer while charging it.)

The Book Crawler App uses information from the Google Books database to find information about the book including the title, picture, the author and illustrator.


Once you have scanned your books into the Book Crawler App, you can categorize your books, loan them, export the database to an excel file, and more. 

Screen shot of my books in the Book Crawler App
You can scroll through the list of books alphabetically by title, by author, by category, genre, and more.

You can also turn your phone sideways and flip through the books with your finger!

If the book does not come up in the data base, the Book Crawler App allows you to take a photo and upload it using manual entry.  This book, Rhinos & Raspberrieswas a free book previously available from Teaching Tolerance.  Rhinos & Raspberries was not in the database, but I was able to manually enter the information and provide my own photo. 

The Book Crawler App is so much fun to use! It is a little disturbing when scanning a book bar code with your iPhone is your idea of a good time. ;)  So far I have scanned in 135 of my books... and I am not done yet! I still have another box of younger elementary school books in my garage that I am looking forward to scanning. (I told you it was disturbing that I enjoy this so much!)


The Book Crawler App also works with the iPad.
Screen shot of my books in the Book Crawler App on the iPad.

My only complaint about the Book Crawler App is that the iPhone app and the iPad app do not sync automatically. It can be a little tricky to upload your Book Crawler App database to the iPad. Even after you do this you will have to continue to update one of the devices. There are instructions to transfer data to another device. I recommend using the DropBox method. My pictures did not show up automatically and I had to go back through and click on the information button to have the pictures to appear... which was quite a task for 135 books.

My tech savvy school counselor friend, Andrea Buston of JYJoyner Counselor, just did a review of the Book Crawler App for the iPad. (If you purchase the Book Crawler App it works on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad). I recommended the Book Crawler App her at the ASCA Conference after seeing her post about her book inventory process in which she created a Google Form to enter her books.  

Because I loved the Book Crawler App so much I reached out to the creator Jamie Stokes, Lead Developer and CEO, Chiisai App Solutions to see if she would be willing to give me a download code of the Book Crawler App as a giveaway. She far exceeded my expectations and gave me 10 download codes to giveaway! So, I invite you to enter the giveaway below!

For this giveaway I am using Rafflecopter. The giveaway will open on July 4, 2012 at 12:01am EST and close on July 8, 2012 at 12:01am EST. See below to enter!
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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

28 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea! I'd like to share this with my teachers for quick access to my library when they're looking for something specific. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. You're welcome Linsey! Make sure you enter the giveaway tomorrow for a chance to win a FREE download code for the Book Crawler App!

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  3. Hope they make a android version.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this app!! Sounds fabulous compared to the laborious task of typing in titles to over 800 books--attempting to set up some kind of system. Thank you!! Scanning sounds fun to me!

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  5. I have been thinking about doing something like this for months.

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  6. As usual Danielle, another great idea and tool to make our jobs/lives easier. Thanks for passing this on, I hope I win one, I must have at least 200 books that I could organize and find much more easily. Do you know if there is a way to separate and make different lists so that you could share resource books with certain groups? That would be great! Thanks again, Happy 4th of July!

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  7. dawn betts-greenJuly 4, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    I'm not a counselor, but I'm about to start grad school to be a librarian, and this would be awesome! Right now I use goodreads app which is great but not as organized as I'd like.

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  8. Sounds like a great app and looks easy to use.

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  9. What an awesome resource! It would be cool to link the Excel file to your school's counseling website-an instant resource center for parents/guardians, students, and teachers!

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  10. Sounds like an awesome app!

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  11. What a great app!

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  12. I am so excited about this app!!!! I currently have no way to know what books I have other than standing in front of the bookcase and looking. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  13. thanks for the heads up on the app; my husband is very very into books and is in an MFA program so I thought it would be great for him. I do not have quite the counseling library yet but look forward to building one!

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  14. I start teaching a Counselor class this weekend. Looking forward to sharing yet another great idea from this site.

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  15. This is so great! One of my goals is to update my parent lending library next year and this is a perfect way to do it! Thanks for the info!!

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  16. This app sounds amazing! Since I started in elementary counseling, and am now working at the high school level, this would be a great resource to categorize all of my books. Thanks for the info about this!

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  17. The books on my bookshelf are grouped by subject for the most part. This app will really be helpful because I will be able to categorize my books in a database making it easier to remember what I have and to find specific books for my lessons.

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  18. Great Blog post! I was just reading about this app and definitely think it is counselor worthy!!!! Thanks as always for keeping us updated!! I'd love to win this!!!

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  19. This would be awesome. I half filled out excel sheet. This would be so much easier to keep current as a get new titles! Fingers crossed!!!

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  20. I recently started a list on Good Reads for this purpose, but I'd love to be able to just scan the barcode! I like to be able to plan from home, but that can be hard when I can't remmeber exactly what books are on the shelves at school!

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  21. TXSchoolCounselorJuly 6, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Love the idea of that app-I have all of my books separated into baskets by theme and it would be so great to have them catalogued in my Ipad!!! Thanks for all of the great ideas you share...love this website

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  22. This looks like a way better use of my TAs time than entering stuff into an excel spreadsheet. Is there a way to download the data to distribute to teachers?

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  23. This is a wonderful idea! I am forever scanning my shelves in search of a book "I just know I have!" Thanks for all your creative ideas. Love your blog!

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  24. JoAnn Jordan: On Android, Book Catalogue is free and is very similar. I
    scanned in many books, sorts, connects with GoodReads, etc. I'd wanted
    to use book crawler, but it wasn't an android option, but this is quite
    good. Thanks Danielle for the great idea, I'd done a spreadsheet this
    past fall of my books, but this is a great way to keep track of where
    they're located and who has borrowed them.

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  25. I have an incomplete excel spreadsheet that I can never keep updated. Scanning barcodes with this app would be so much easier. I'm excited just thinking about it!

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  26. Has anyone used Classroom Organizer? It is a free app. I wonder if it is comparable to Book Crawler? I would LoVe something I could use to scan and that will automatically categorize by subject. Any ideas? Thanks!

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  27. This is an AWESOME idea! Is there any way to be able to view all the books you have? I would love to see your collection!

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