Amazon remembers

I noticed this feature on the page for the Amazon Blackberry App.


I haven't yet tried the app or seen the feature working so I do not know how well it works.

Perhaps we need an application which allows you to take a picture of a book cover and find it in your library ... Or which allows .....

Update: apparently, Amazon Remembers uses human effort to match images to fulfilment opportunities on Amazon. See here for details of how the Mechanical Turk application supports this application. .

Comments: 5

Apr 09, 2009
Jonathan Rochkind

A picture of the barcode that's printed on most post-ISBN books sent to the library system and resulting in catalog matches and other things -- is QUITE do-able if someone has a bit of time to put into the development.

That's something I'd really like to find time to do. Umlaut would be a great end-point for that barcode recognition, since it can expose so many library and free services related to the book.

Apr 10, 2009
Amos Lakos

This is just one of the many features that could be a boon for libraries users.
The one service which is starting to slip at Amazon is the shipping - especially speed of shipping.

Take a look at - their service and supply chain is amazing.

Apr 10, 2009
kelly smith

I just tried this using my iPhone Amazon app. It totally works for books. I took a photo of the cover (no bar code, no ISBN) of "A Guide to the Library of Congress Classification", 5th edition, by Lois Chan. It found it. Amazing.

Apr 10, 2009
Jim Michalko

Lorcan, In fact the WorldCat API drives an Android App called Compare Everywhere that links a barcode scan to a book in a local library.

I don't have an Android phone so I echo you haven't tried it or seen it working except in a video. Jim

Apr 10, 2009
Jonathan Zuhosky

I just tried that with stuff at my desk and it's fast and creepy accurate. It didn't appreciate the picture of my co-worker though. :-/