Scanning book ISBN numbers using Android phone

Alex Humberstone alex.m.humberstone at
Fri Feb 26 23:56:59 GMT 2021

Dear Robby,

Thanks for your response! Awesome to get a response from the primary
developer of the project! Thank you for all your work on Tellico!

I wanted to ask if could be possible to use a USB scanner like [1,2,3,4]
with Tellico.

Or, maybe it could be possible tp use an Android app like Barcode to PC [5].

Any advice and suggestions on how to do something like this would be very
welcome. It would be fine even if I could somehow scan the ISBN numbers
from a scanner or Android phone into a CSV file, using a separate program,
and then import the CSV file into Tellico.

Sorry if my questions are basic, but I don't know much about barcode
scanners, and I'm new to all thiss, and I'm 100% on Linux, specifically on
Ubuntu 20.04.

Thanks in advance for your help!






PhD Student
Klipsch School of Electrical Engineering
New Mexico State University (NMSU)
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

On Wed, 24 Feb 2021 at 19:49, Robby Stephenson <robby at> wrote:

> Hi Alex,
> On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 8:38 PM Alex Humberstone <
> alex.m.humberstone at> wrote:
>> Dear Tellico Community,
>> I am new to Tellico, but I am a long-time KDE user. I'm really impressed
>> with Tellico, it's exactly what I was looking for, to help me manage my
>> large technical book collection, and I thank you all for your work on this
>> software.
> Glad to hear that it's useful to you!
>> I started my entering books into Tellico, and a question came to my mind.
>> I have like around 200 books. It is very tedious to enter each ISBN number
>> one-by-one. I'm wondering if instead there's a way to scan the ISBN
>> barcodes on the back of the books, either with some scanner device, or
>> ideally just with my Android phone.
> There's some rudimentary scanner capability in Tellico, as long as it's
> compiled with that support. I don't use it directly, so it's gotten a bit
> old and I can't promise it works exactly. That would be with some sort of
> scanner that can send keyboard input. I can't think of a way to use a
> phone, unless you could scan many of the ISBN values into a text file on
> the phone, which you could then use in Tellico.
> Robby
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