The Book Retriever Scanning App is the companion app for use with the web-based Book Retriever application. You must have a Book Retriever account to use this app. Note that if you have the original Book Retriever app, that account will not work with this new app.
The Scanning App allows for easy entry of books into your Book Retriever account by scanning the standard EAN barcode for the 13 digit ISBN, and supports custom Book Retriever barcodes. Student Mode allows your students to manage their own check-ins and check-outs by locking the app into student mode with a PIN.
Misc. updates and fixes
Ratings and Reviews
I like the online version of this app, but I am not a fan of this at all. I feel like the developers tried to cut corners to make it easier on mobile, but it just stinks. Many of the books are not recognized, or the ISBNs are not recognized, which requires manual input. I cannot access how many copies of one book I have easily, and when I scan items in, there isn’t the option, as of right now, to select how many copies I have. There isn’t that option online either until AFTER I enter the book, which is frustrating when I have 6 copies of one book. I don’t think the $36/year is too bad, but I definitely expect more. As a teacher, I already have a limited amount of time, so I want something that is quick, easy, and reliable. There is definitely room for improvement here.
I was SO disappointed to find out the hard way that the original app was bought out by another company, leaving hardworking teachers like myself in the lurch without ANY warning! The 475 books I had already entered into the app had to be transfered to the new app (which is no longer free, but $36/year). I had to reenter 53 books because the system didn't recognize the ISBN numbers! What a waste of my time. The app is nothing like the previous app. I had tons of information that I could access from my phone as I moved about the room or shopped for books. What a bummer! It felt like having the rug pulled out from underneath me.
I've had experience with apps being bought by another company or merging with another company, but I received an email, giving me the courtesy of letting me know what was going to happen, what would change, and WHEN it would happen.
Not a great way to start the school year, Capsa Labs.
Exactly what I was looking for
I’ve been looking for an easy way to maintain my class library, and this seems to be exactly what I need. I’m not thrilled with the cost, but this is cheaper than losing the books, so I’ll deal with it. I’m also a little bit worried about the app or online version changing down the road and losing all the time I’ve spent putting in my class library. Apparently that happened to people with the old version of the app, so it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. So far, so good, though.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.