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Re: Speech Recognition? Online ISBN databases?

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  • From: Marc Heusser <marc.heusser at byeheusser.commercialspammers.invalid>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 02:04:00 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: University of Zurich
  • References: <ge6ni9$lkp$>

In article <ge6ni9$lkp$1 at>, AES <siegman at> 

> 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.)

On a Mac there are programs like Delicious Library that will fetch the 
information from eg Amazon. They get the ISBN either via the built-in 
iCam or you could use one of the reader pens to read the bar code.
This could be the easiest process.



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