Barnes & Noble Should Call Wil Shipley ASAP & Get Delicious Library for iPhone in the App Store

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I wasn’t quite sure what to make out the story I read over on TechCrunch…

Amazon Killing Mobile Apps That Use Its Data

My first reaction was, this can’t be right. Can it? My second reaction is unprintable because I’ve been waiting for the iPhone app that Amazon prevented from shipping: Delicious Library for iPhone. Delicious Library 2 is an amazing app for the Mac that lets you easily catalog books, CDs, DVDs and all kind of products scattered around your home or office. The cool part is how it catalogs items for you. You just hold an item up in front of a Mac’s webcam and it uses the barcode information to ID it and create a graphical library for you. The obvious extension I’ve been waiting for is an iPhone app that lets me wander around with the iPhone instead of bringing things to the Mac.

Unfortunately, it looks like Delicious Library for the iPhone uses the Amazon Product Advertising API to do so and Amazon doesn’t want mobile apps to do that.

Barnes & Noble just released an iPhone app. And, presumably, they have or can have developed a product API that can be used with Delicious Library. If B&N is smart, they will contact Delicious’ developer Wil Shipley ASAP and try to get him to use B&N for product identification. It won’t be as extensive as Amazon’s catalog, but it would be a good start.