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  1. What is a bookscout?
  2. What is BookScoutPRO?
  3. What kinds of things can I lookup on BookScoutPRO?
  4. What is an ISBN/EAN/UPC?
  5. Where does BookScoutPRO get its prices?
  6. Do I have to see prices from all the venues?
  7. Is BookScoutPRO configurable?
  8. Does BookScoutPRO include a device or scanner?
  9. Will BookScoutPRO work with my smart phone/blackberry/device?
  10. Will BookScoutPRO work with prepaid phones?
  11. Does BookScoutPRO support barcode scanners?
  12. Where can I get a barcode scanner?
  13. How long does it take to get information, once I have entered the numbers?
  14. Do I have to use Paypal to subscribe?
  15. How does the 7 day free trial work?
  16. How do I signup?
  17. How much does BookScoutPRO cost?
  18. How do I cancel my subscription?
  19. Where do I Find books?
  20. Where do I sell my books?

  1. What is a bookscout?

    A bookscout is a person who looks for valuable or collectible books, either to collect or resell. Some large book dealers and bookstores employ bookscouts to find books for them. Before tools like BookScoutPRO, bookscouts needed extensive knowledge and experience to find books with value.


  2. What is BookScoutPRO?

    BookScoutPRO is a mobile pricing tool. With it you can get pricing and availability for books, music, video and more on your own web enabled smart phone or tablet almost instantly. This allows you to identify a valuable item AT THE SALE before you buy it. You will know how many copies are available for sale, the approximate popularity of the book and the current going prices.


  3. What kinds of things can I look up on BookScoutPRO?

    BookScoutPRO currently supports lookups for Books, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Software and Video Games. For books, you can look up by ISBN, EAN and sometimes UPC. All the rest you can look up by UPC.


  4. What is an ISBN/EAN/UPC?

    Click Here for a full explanation of what they are and where to find them.


  5. Where does BookScoutPRO get its prices?

    BookScoutPRO has support for several venues, and we are always working on adding more. Currently BookScoutPRO supports Amazon, Abebooks, Alibris, Biblio, eBay (stores and auctions), Half.com, ECampus and TextbookX.


  6. Do I have to see prices from all the venues?

    No, you can select which venues you would like use for lookups.


  7. Is BookScoutPRO configurable?

    Yes, you can customize many aspects of BookScoutPRO including the output. Using a templating system, you can custom-design exactly what information you want see and where on the screen it appears. Or we will do it for you FREE!


  8. Does BookScoutPRO include a device or scanner?

    No, BookScoutPRO only provides the lookup service. You will use your existing device (smart phone, tablet, etc.) to access BookScoutPRO. If you don't have a device, there are many offers available that include a free device when you sign up for service. If you need a scanner, see below.


  9. Will BookScoutPRO work with my smart phone/blackberry/device?

    BookScoutPRO will work with most web-enabled devices. This includes most smart phones made in the last 2 years, Pocket PCs, Blackberrys, Tablets, Sidekicks and almost anything else with web access. If you can get to the internet and enter numbers, it should work. Click Here for the specific requirements.


  10. Will BookScoutPRO work with prepaid phones?

    If the prepaid phone has web access, BookScoutPRO will work. For Tmobile users, you must have Tzones enabled. There is often an additional fee for data access, so check with your provider.


  11. Does BookScoutPRO support barcode scanners?

    The real question here is will your device handle a barcode scanner? In general, if your device can accept input from a scanner, it will work with BookScoutPRO. Some devices may require a bit of software, called a 'wedge', usually available from the manufacturer. There are scanners available for a lot of devices, using USB, Bluetooth or Plugin architecture to connect to your device.


  12. Where can I get a barcode scanner?

    For hanheld scanners, corded via USB or cordless via Bluetooth, check out Flic Scanners. They have an excellent product with great support, and it works on a wide range of devices. For Plugin achitecture, if you have an SDIO port on your device you can use this scanner from Socket.com. They also have a range of scanning solutions you can see Here. You can also check out Serialio.com; they make software for barcode applications, including so-called 'wedge' software, as well as sell scanners and devices.


  13. How long does it take to get information, once I have entered the numbers?

    The time it takes for BookScoutPRO to return information is dependant on a lot of factors, including how many items you are looking up at once, how many different venues you are doing lookups on, the transmission speed of your device, and the amount of internet network traffic at that time. For Amazon only lookups, batches of up to 20 books will typically take less than 3 seconds. For other venues 1-2 seconds per book is typical.


  14. Do I have to use Paypal to subscribe?

    Yes, but please note that you do NOT need a Paypal account to pay by Credit Card or Bank Account via Paypal. We are working to make more payment options available.


  15. How does the 7 day free trial work?

    When you subscribe to the 7 day free trial you are given full access to BookScoutPRO for 7 days. There are no restrictions and the software is not crippled, allowing you to do everything a paying subscriber can do. If you are not happy with BookScoutPRO for any reason, just cancel your subscription within the 7 day period and you will owe nothing. If you like using BookScoutPRO then you will be automatically billed for your first month on the eigth day and become a regular subscriber.


  16. How do I signup?

    Just Click Here to go to the Signup Form. Fill out the form and click continue. You will see a verification page. Make sure the information is correct and click the Paypal button. You will be taken to Paypal to authorize your subscription. Once you have finished with Paypal you will be returned here and you can log in to BookScoutPRO. You should receive an email verifying your subscription.


  17. How much does BookScoutPRO cost?

    Unlimited Access to BookScoutPRO is only $7.99 per month, or $19.99 for 3 months. Find one $50 book using BookScoutPRO and you will have more than paid for it.


  18. How do I cancel my subscription?

    To cancel your subscription, log into Paypal.com, find your last BookScoutPRO transaction and click 'details'. There will be a button on the detail page to cancel your subscription.


  19. Where do I find books?

    Finding books is easy, books are everywhere! Excellent sources for used books are yard sales, estate sales, library sales, flea markets, and thrift stores. And, typically, they are dirt-cheap. I regularly buy hardbacks for $0.25 to $1.00, and paperbacks for as little as $0.05 each. In many cases people are willing to GIVE you the books just to be rid of them!


  20. Where do I sell my books?

    There are many venues available for the online bookseller, and they vary. The biggest are Amazon.com, Abebooks.com, Alibris.com and Ebay. Each has its own rules and fees, so be sure to read and understand everything before you start selling. Also read the sellers' forums at each venue - these are invaluable sources of information on running your online book business.


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