- To change the Active Format when using ScoutPal on your phone, simply
enter the format number plus 200 (e.g. 201, 202, 203 etc.) instead of an ISBN,
and "Fetch". You can only change to a format that has been previously saved
and activated at least once on this page. The format selected
will used for subsequent searches until you change it again. A format change
must be made as a single ISBN fetch, you cannot change formats in the middle
of a multiple ISBN field list.
- Selecting fields marked with a "*" will increase retrieval time.
- Bold, Italic, Underline is not available on all
- Lowest/Count of All will report the lowest price in used/new/collectible
categories. Check this and Uncheck Used/New/Collectible prices to get a a
compact single-line summary of third-party market conditions.
- In association with abebooks.comô, ScoutPal provides
lowest price/quantity search results from the abebooks.com marketplace. The
abebooks.com website also offers a seller venue for your books. For more information
on abebooks.com, please visit http://www.abebooks.com
Checkmarking the "abebooks.com" option will enable ScoutPal to search the
abebooks.com marketplace. You can then click on the price summary line to
view the individual abebooks.com listing details. This option will also enable
Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) lookups. Simply enter an LCCN instead
of an ISBN.
If the book corresponding to the LCCN has an ISBN, ScoutPal will recognize
this and return a standard Amazon search result, which will also include an
abebooks.com lookup summary line. The summary line can then be used as a link
to the abebooks.com listing details. If the LCCN is for a
pre-ISBN book (published before 1970) then an abebooks.com search will
be done directly instead of an Amazon search.
Enter the LCCN numbers without dashes or other punctuation. LCCNs may be printed
with anywhere from 4-6 digits, with various forms of punctuation. The first
two digits digits signify the year. Leading zeroes after the year can be skipped,
so an LCCN such as "61-0012" may be entered as "6112" if you wish.
LCCN numbers for books printed after 1999 will begin with "20", as in "2001",
"2002" etc., followed by 6 more digits for a total of 10 digits. These new
10 digit LCCN numbers must be entered with "999" in front of them, followed
by all ten digits of the LCCN, for example "9992002001234". ScoutPal will
use this to differentiate the LCCN from a 10 digit ISBN. Since new books have
ISBNs, it will generally be quicker to use the ISBN instead of the LCCN. Also,
LCCNs are not edition specific.
You can also search abebooks.com by the title of a book: PDA users may
enter the title directly, instead of an ISBN. Cell phone users should first enter "411" instead of an ISBN, and then press "Fetch". This
will enable alphabetic entry of a title using the phone keypad.
Books listed on the ScoutPal abebooks.com content pages
are available only through www.abebooks.com. Prices and availability are subject
to change. abebooks(tm) and related marks are owned by Abebooks Inc. and used
- # of ISBN fields provides a convenient way to enter more than one
ISBN before you Fetch the results. PDA users may also enter more than one
ISBN in each field, simply by separating each ISBN with any convenient punctuation,
like comma or space.
- No Results (Record ISBN Only) will configure your phone to be used
as a very simple remote ISBN/UPC collection device. No information will be
retrieved or returned to the phone, but each "Fetch" will be quickly recorded
in your Search History for later retrieval from your desktop computer, using
the "Recent Searches" function. (Available on the
- Display a Formula Result will direct ScoutPal to calculate and
display the results of a pricing formula of your design, for each of your
searches. This can be used to assist a purchase decision, for example your
formula could display "Buy" if the sales rank is under 10,000 and the lowest
offering price is greater than $10. Click on the Formula Editor button to
create and edit a formula.
- Price Graph is a numeric graph of market listing prices. Each number
in the graph represents a listing price rounded UP to the nearest $10, with
"penny listings" indicated by a dot ("."). Prices rounding to $100 and above
are indicated by "+". Prices rounding to $200 and above are indicated by "!".
For example, consider the following price graph, and the underlying sequence
(5 - 146) [$8.95, $32.95, $54.95, $56.00, $57.00]
There are 5 books offered. The graph 146 for the first three offerings
indicates that there is one book priced in the $10 range, and the rest are
priced much higher. This is a signal that the first listing is an anomoly,
and you may want to click the "Details" button to see why... It may be a book
that is inappropriately marketed (terrible condition, or not exactly the same
book), or it may simply be a good opportunity for you to buy it from the Amazon
seller, to resell on your own.
The graph by default will use the first 10 listing prices, but you can
shorten it by the "Max:" setting. Setting it to 3 will give the fastest results,
as the first lookup with Amazon returns 3 listings from each category. It
cannot be longer then "Max Details". You must have the "Count" checkmarked
to get a Price Graph. A Price Graph is not available if you only have "Lowest
of All" in your results.