Neatoscan is another popular book scouting service. It is a service started in 2004 and has grown drastically over that time. Neatoscan offers a few different services to a potential online bookseller. The first is their typical database download and sync to your PDA for offline book scouting. They have a lot of robust features in this software such as native sound notification for you to discreetly put some earbuds in and start scanning. If you scan a book that meets the criteria that you have set previously it will give you a cash register sound, for example. There are many other configurable options in this software which allows you to do just about whatever you’d like in terms of what criteria you’d like met before you buy a book.
They also have a service called Neatoscan Inventory Evaluator. This is a piece of software that you install on your PC that allows you to input hundreds or thousands of ISBNs at once to evaluate books in bulk. I have used this service for many months now and really like it a lot. It’s very powerful if you decide to purchase books from wholesalers or remainder distributors or even to look up eBay lots in which the seller provides you the ISBN list.
Neatoscan is also very customizable. If you need a change to the software or require some sort of special circumstance they will accommodate you. However, it’s not going to be cheap. They’re standard rate is $150/hr. I’ve had some work done by them and it’s top notch though and well worth it if you’re planning on really diving into this business. Dennis is the man when it comes to programming.
Neatoscan’s book scouting service is $50/month for 1 account for standard level service or they offer a business level service at $100/month which comes with better support and some extra features that you don’t get with the standard account. Consider Neatoscan once you’ve got your feet wet and know what book scouting is all about. They seem to be placing themselves as more of the luxury line of book scouting services.
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