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ProQuest affiliate Bowker® is introducing a free mobile app that streamlines the search for books by consumers, librarians and booksellers. Using Bowker’s new Bookwire™ app, iPhone™ or iPad™ users can scan the barcode of any book to receive a quick search result for that title and format, view a list of the lowest retail prices, and make a purchase through multiple e-retailers. For subscribers to Books In Print® or Resources for College Libraries™ (RCL), the Bookwire app offers an additional benefit, enabling subscribers to login to access detailed book information and add titles to selected lists from any location — whether it’s remote or in the library.
The Bookwire app provides a variety of options to connect to book information. Users can scan a barcode, enter an ISBN or search by title, author or publisher to review details. Then, they can complete a purchase or save the information for later use.