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BookScouter Android App with Bluetooth Barcode Scanners

The BookScouter Android application can be connected to most Bluetooth Barcode scanners, such as Serial IO. There are occasionally compatible devices for sale on eBay.

Any device that works with SerialIO should work. The SerialIO software communicates directly with the bluetooth barcode scanner and passes any scans through to the BookScouter application. This makes it possible for BookScouter to work with all of these devices, but does mean a few extra steps when getting everything configured and working.


  1. Activate Bluetooth on your Android Device.
  2. Install the latest version of the BookScouter App. Simply search "bookscouter" in the Google Play Store.
    Note: If the application fails to install on top of your existing version, you may need to remove the old version first, and then install the new version.
  3. Install the SerialMagic Gears application, also available for free in the Google Play Store.
  4. Run SerialMagic Gears. The first time you start it, scroll to the bottom and click "Continue".
  5. Inside SerialMagic Gears, click the "Connect" button and have it connect to your Bluetooth barcode scanner device. You may have to press Scan for Devices first.

  6. Start the BookScouter App. If it asks you if you have a bluetooth barcode scanner just click "Yes". If it doesn't ask you, then just hit the menu button on your device, then click the "Toggle Scanner" button, and click "Yes". The BookScouter app will then communicate with SerialMagic Gears in the background. When you scan a books ISBN, it will automatically look up that book in the BookScouter App.

Support & Troubleshooting

While BookScouter does not directly support third-party Bluetooth barcode scanners, we make every attempt to be compatible with a variety of input devices. Therefore, if you encouter any problems, please attempt the tricks below before informing us of your Bluetooth connectivity issue.

  • If BookScouter and SerialMagic Gears appear to not be communicating properly, force close both BookScouter and SerialMagic Gears and try again.
  • If your Bluetooth device powers off, you may have to reconnect your Bluetooth device with SerialMagic Gears.
  • If your scan is not detected as a valid ISBN, ensure your Bluetooth scanner is not adding numbers before or after the ISBN. Should your Bluetooth device be doing this, refer to the device manual for how to change what the scanner outputs what it scans.
  • If you're forced to press "search" following each scan, you can likely change whether or not your scanner auto-submits the ISBN after a scan. Refer to your Bluetooth barcode scanner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.

Compatible Devices

We've only recently begun creating a list of known compatible devices, so please let us know if you have success with a particular device and we'll update this list.