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This is the 3rd and last “CLZ Books 9 Feature Hilite”, all about dealing with ISBNs that are not found in CLZ Core.

But first, if you missed an earlier feature hilite, you can still read them on our CLZ Blog here:

About adding books by ISBN

First, a bit of background about ISBN barcodes and adding books to your app by scanning their ISBN barcodes:

At CLZ, we run our own online book database, which on the backend is fed to multiple 3rd party book data sources, like ISBNdb.com, Loc.org, and many regional library sites.
Currently, the system holds and recognizes over 41 million ISBNs. On average, our users are getting a 97% success rate on their ISBN searches.

That is a great score of course, but still.. that missing 3% does mean that some users will, once in a while, scan an ISBN barcode that is not found in our Core (yet). For example, for rare books or recent releases.

Now THAT is where the “ISBN not found” screen comes into play (previously called “Unrecogized ISBN”).

New in v9: a complete re-design of the “ISBN not found” screen

When you scan (or enter) an ISBN that in not found in our CLZ Core online book database (yet), you are presented with the “ISBN not found” screen. This screens serves two purposes:

  1. It helps you add the book to your database anyway
  2. And… it instantly adds the ISBN and its book details to Core!

For version 9, we did a complete re-design from scratch of the “ISBN not found” screens, to:

  • make it clearer and easier to use
  • let you select the correct cover image from a Google Images search!

It is super easy, just find the book in our Core by Title, pick a cover and Confirm then entry.

In any case, properly using this “ISBN not found” screen is essential for improving the ISBN coverage of our Core online book database. So if you run into an ISBN that is not found, please take a bit of time to carefully fill in the Author, Title, Publisher and Year field, and select the correct cover image from the results.

That way, the first fellow user who searches for the same ISBN *will* get a result, with nice details too!

Recent changes

v9.0: Collection tabs, better Add Books and “ISBN not found” screens April 19th, 2024 v8.5: Easier access to Manage Pick Lists tool October 25th, 2023 v8.4: Pre-fill screen: Orange highlights and a Clear button October 16th, 2023 v8.2: New Sync button on main screen September 6th, 2023 v8.1: Use multiple folder levels May 13th, 2023 v8.0: 7 new data fields! January 16th, 2023 v7.4 New “Card View” May 12th, 2022 v7.3: Back Cover images! March 29th, 2022 v7.2: Progress Bars and Cancel buttons! March 15th, 2022 v7.1: Improved Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields! January 27th, 2022 v7.0: New features and lots of improvements December 1st, 2021 v6.6 Submit to Core / New Select Mode and action menu September 27th, 2021 v6.5: Duplicate / Clear Cloud / Shake to Shuffle September 8th, 2021 v6.4 New look for book list, cover view & book details June 20th, 2021 v6.3: New fields, website links and: other currencies! March 31st, 2021 v6.2: Various improvements February 22nd, 2021 v6.1.1: New: Pre-fill fields while adding books December 28th, 2020 v6.0: Edit multiple, more compact Edit screen, crop/rotate images August 31st, 2020 Sneak Preview: version 6.0 of all 5 CLZ mobile apps! July 21st, 2020 v5.5: Re-designed “Select Folder Field” screen and faster Update from Core June 11th, 2020 v5.4 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 18th, 2020 v5.3.1: Search folders, sort folders by count and and faster syncing February 14th, 2020 v5.2.1: New Statistics screen December 19th, 2019 v5.1.1: Many more editable fields November 14th, 2019 v5.0.9: Several user interface improvements October 8th, 2019