[Koha] Help with searching from a Google Android phone

Mark Osborne mosborne at ashs.school.nz
Mon Sep 7 12:28:25 NZST 2009

I'm grappling with something exciting at the moment but would like some help
from the Koha community. I have a brand new Google Android phone, which has
on it an app called Barcode Scanner. It works by using the phone's camera as
a barcode reader to scan an item's ISBN then search something like Amazon or
Google Books to find a match (which you can obviously use to purchase the
item). Think of seeing a good book your friend has, scanning the barcode and
ordering a copy for yourself.

Where Koha comes in is that it offers one the ability to enter a 'custom
search' URL. So I started to think: what if I set this to be my library's
OPAC and did an ISBN search of Koha? That would give me the ability to
search my Koha using a smartphone barcode scanner. The problem is, I can't
get any results returned. I've set the 'custom search' URL to be
http://<library server>/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?q=%s (where %s is the
ISBN returned by the barcode scanner.)

The problem is that I can't get any results returned. The ISBN I'm using to
test it is 9780143018674 but the page I end up on is 'No result found! No
results match your search for 9780143018674.' Is there a special URL I
should use to complete an ISBN search?
Can anyone help me?
Mark Osborne
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