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Using QR codes for bookcrossing

An emerging technology may help catches being journaled.
I'm talking about QR codes, square barcodes that connect mobile phones directly to a webpage.

http://www.i-nigma.com/---/Create.asp
This is one of many code generators availiable. You type in the page to be accessed and it makes a code.

A label with a BC logo and a BCID specific QR code (which goes to the relevant journal page) would be a great addition to my bookcrossing arsenal.

So, is anyone else going to be putting these codes on books too?

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An emerging technology may help catches being journaled.
I'm talking about QR codes, square barcodes that connect mobile phones directly to a webpage.

http://www.i-nigma.com/---/Create.asp
This is one of many code generators availiable. You type in the page to be accessed and it makes a code.

A label with a BC logo and a BCID specific QR code (which goes to the relevant journal page) would be a great addition to my bookcrossing arsenal.

So, is anyone else going to be putting these codes on books too?
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But how many people own a device that can read these codes? I can assure you my mobile phone can't.
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Nowadays many kinds of phones support to read qr codes. Here are two qr code readers which are available:
http://www.onbarcode.com/---/qrcode.html
http://www.onbarcode.com/---/qrcode.html
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Nowadays many kinds of phones support to read qr codes.

And you joined BookCrossing just to tell us about that? I see...
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And you joined BookCrossing just to tell us about that? I see...

No, I joined for the books, and released a few of the many planned. Unfortunately, my living circumstances drastically changed, and my entire Mt. TBR was put into long term storage.

I really wish I had backed up my label designs.
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And you joined BookCrossing just to tell us about that? I see...

No, I joined for the books, and released a few of the many planned.

No worries there, I was responding to bookman333.
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with a camera & internet connection should be able to read these, once the proper software is installed. Some Nokia mobiles have the software preloaded.

To get the software you need to connect to one of many free websites using your phone. I have no recomendations, as my phone doesn't have the nessisary hardware.

A couple of sites for the software that I've heard about are:
http://www.i-nigma.com/---/GetReader.asp
http://reader.kaywa.com/
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> with a camera & internet connection should
> be able to read these, once the proper software is installed.

Okay. I'm just wondering how many people would actually have it installed (of those that have suitable phones, which I do not).

It does sound neat. But I'm personally not going to bother with it just yet.
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My impression is that this is becoming mainstream. More and more people use smartphones instead of old-fashioned "normal" cellphones. Before long, owning a smartphone will be the norm just as owning a conventional cellphone became standard years ago. More and more companies use QR codes in advertising, so I guess it makes sense to use these codes on BC labels as well, especially when you don't have to invest more than a few seconds to generate the code.

A QR code on a BC label leading to the BC journal page of the book will make it easier for many to journal a found book at next to no cost to the bookcrosser. I've been thinking of incorporating QR codes into my bookcrossing labels myself.
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QR codes weren't so well known 3 years ago when this was first posted, but I am very interested in this.

I think with would pique the interest of a more tech savy generation. Anyone one using QR codes yet?
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I think with would pique the interest of a more tech savy generation. Anyone one using QR codes yet?

Hmmmm, I think someone was demonstrating something like this at the (amazing) Nottingham UnConvention. But for the life of me I can't remember which bookcrosser it was.
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I think with would pique the interest of a more tech savy generation. Anyone one using QR codes yet?

Hmmmm, I think someone was demonstrating something like this at the (amazing) Nottingham UnConvention. But for the life of me I can't remember which bookcrosser it was.


That would be miketuk. He was demonstrating registering books using a bar code reader at Nottingham but I have discussed QR codes with him and I think he suggested that this could be fairly easily incorporated in the long awaited BC app for smart phones.

He does not frequent the forums but I am sure he would not mind receiving PMs about it.

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I did have some PMs with miketuk last year about bar code scanners, as he was thinking about an app.

After gettiong inspired, I did buy a USB bar code scanner (used) and what a boon has turned out to be. When registering books, I open a second window to Amazon and scan the ISBN into BookCrossing to find the book (saving my failing eye site) and then scan again into Amazon to get the book descriptions.

Sure wouldn't give up my scanner now. If you are a heavy registering BookCrosser, run out an buy one!
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While we wait for a smart phone app (vaporware?) is anyone out there using QR codes or other innovative things for releases?
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QR codes are way more common now than they were just 4 years ago, as most people, at least in US, start to have internet everywhere.
I hope they'll soon add an option to have the QR generated for the labels (those to purchase AND those to print yourself too).

Meanwhile... there's a little secret you can use for now:
http://bcing.me/---/123-4567890 - leads to making a new entry for the BCID you specify
http://bcing.me/---/9960199 - brings to view the journal of the book
http://bcing.me/---/yourBCusernamehere - brings to your BC shelf

Note: bcing.me is officially registered by BookCrossing.
It's mainly intended to be used as a BookCrossing URL shortener (e.g. for
twitter etc.)

I've been planning to try those, but my printer has been out of ink for a while. So meanwhile, please try :)
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I have just started bookcrossing and I was looking through the forum and I saw this thread. I already use QR codes in different things and so I thought yes why not. I have just included a QR code as a link to the BC homepage on my next two releases.

Young people love things like QR codes so I hope it will improve my chances of my releases being picked up.
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I have a lable printer, I'm just getting started, but I plan to print a QR code to add to the back of books, to make my release notes easier.

I have the pre-printed BCIDs, I place the label + extra stickers, regiester every book, place a QR code on the back, and place in a "free book" bag. Using the QR code I can easly note which books I've released.

Anyone who knows what they are can scan them, anyone who doens't know will ignore them.

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