This thread is a year old. We'd all love an update on where this is at!
From my what I've read at two other book-related sites, Amazon will not allow websites to make use of Amazon data for their mobile apps,
Which way will Bookcrossing go? It doesn't sound like an easy choice, and my guess is that we'll be kept waiting for some time to come.
Now, that's from the point of view for registering, which is IMHO not a significant use for an app.
The most advantages from an app for smartphones are:
- to scan a BCID and allow the finder to make a (anonymous) journal right ahead.(°)
- to scan a BCID and allow the bookcrosser to release a book right a head, possibly with adding a picture to the release note.
AFAIK - None of these actions requires the use of an amazon api...
(And if it's for the cover of the book, well, drop it on an app - it will only - depending on the covers graphic - slow down the mobile internet connection (of course, depending on your connection).
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(°) imagine people finding a book, scanning the BCID (best as QR) with their smartphone and a very small one line journalentry would tell:
"This book has been seen at *GEOLOCATION*"
Honestly, who cares WHO has seen that book at that Geolocation. Books mentioning where they are would be perfect (at least for me). Don't care *who* has made that scan. And if it's a BooKCrosser, she will write a proper journal entry anyway...
*focus on easy journal entry procedure for anonymous finders*