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Speech Recognition? Online ISBN databases?

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  • Subject: [mg93144] Speech Recognition? Online ISBN databases?
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 04:55:38 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Stanford University

Connection between the above two topics is need to make a crude 
inventory (giving author, title, publisher, year of publication) of a 
private collection of roughly 1000 technical and scientific textbooks 
and reference books acquired during the past 50 years.

One option is to hire someone to go through the piles and type in the 
data.  Another is to go through the piles and read the data into 
MacSpeech Dictate (I've read the previous posts on this app).

Third option is to type in or dictate in just the ISBN number or Library 
of Congress Catalog Card Number for each book, then match those against 
one or more databases that will give back the data, given the number.

Anyone know of a database that could batch identify a lengthy list of 
ISBN or LoC numbers?  (Google brings up printed databases, and one or 
two online sites that will process one book at time, but haven't found 
one that will batch process a lengthy list.)

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