I just found this a couple of days ago, even though it has been out for a while.
The app is SnapTell fir the iPhone. All you need to do is take a picture of any book, CD, or DVD, and SnapTell will search for the item, and give you multiple sources to purchase the item, either online or locally…
No need to use a barcode, ISBN, of title… You don’t even actually need to have the actual item in hand, my first search was actually a picture taken from my screen of the book Top Fat to Fish. I have not tried it yet nut I’d be willing to bet it would work off of a picture taken off of a tv…
What I have found is that it doesn’t find photography magazines, fans, or cans of Barq’s root beer, but can find Venture Brothers season 1 DVD, and tell you where you can find it locally if you have that urgent itch that needs scratching… It will also point you to any wiki entries as well as IMDB entries for DVD’s…



I had the realization the other night, after buying a new non-technical book, that bookstores don’t give out bookmarks anymore.
I can’t remember when the last time I got a bookmark with a book, since I moved to Virginia, but I do remember San Diego Technical Books (SDTB), the old downtown store was one of my favorite bookstores of all time, and they had the best bookmarks. The bookmarks at SDTB were perfect, the right size, the right thickness, everything was just right about them.
Now you go to a bookstore and they don’t give you a bookmark, but I also didn’t ask, but I’m sure that the would have offered to sell me. So my guess is that some MBA somewhere came up with an amazing plan to save the bookstores big $’s by cutting out bookmarks, and I guess that tenth of a cent per bookmark really adds up over a year to a few grand…
I don’t remember exactly when I stopped getting bookmarks, but I sure do miss them, especially the SDTB bookmarks….