Here’s me: I have an android phone, I can program, I use LibraryThing for tracking my books. Here’s how those things come together.
I saw that there is an Android application called A.S.E. that gives you a Ruby or Python scripting environment. One of their examples shows you how to scan a book barcode and look the book up on Google books.
A few minutes later and I’ve got it working with LibraryThing.
Updated for latest sl4a version.
That’s the openness I’m talking about. No approvals, because the phone is mine, not Google’s or Apple’s. I love it. It is awesome that I hacked that together and wrote this post, both on my phone.
You want to make it easy to add your books to LibraryThing? Just download the Android Scripting Environment, create as script with that code, and save it on your phone’s home screen. Boom! You’ve got a LibraryThing application!
This is the kind of instant little hack you get with openness.