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[Excelfilter] How do I stop Excel from formatting my numbers?

I sat on the phone with Microsoft support and they weren't able to help me. I've scoured the internet trying to find a solution to this problem and I'm just about ready to give up. Can Metafilter rise to the challenge? How do I stop Microsoft Excel from formatting numbers into scientific notation? No matter what I do, Excel keeps doing this. Please make it stop. See the youtube video I made explaining my problem (45 seconds). [more inside]
posted by crios on Apr 16, 2013 - 37 answers

How do you spot an amateur?

How do you spot an amateur in your trade, profession, or hobby? Specifically, what are some examples of things that people without experience do, while attempting what you do or know well, because they don't know any better that make their lack of experience obvious? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Sep 18, 2012 - 266 answers

Bookfort self-destruct will commence in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ...

I have a large number of books that I want to donate to a library or sell. I want to give my friends and family first pick at anything they want (my primary aim is to quickly reclaim the physical space used up by the books). I need a workflow that will allow me to scan the books' UPCs, etc. with my iPhone 4's camera and end up with an email-able spreadsheet pre-populated with ISBN/Title/Author. Columns for genre, edition and/or year, and short blurbs would also be welcome. I have a PC laptop with the MS Office suite in addition to the iPhone. What are my options? Thanks, hivemind!
posted by Inspector.Gadget on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me generate a list of ISBNs for books I own

I need to input a large number of ISBNs off books I own into a document (the better to sell them with!). Is there a way to do this quickly without scanning barcodes? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 2, 2011 - 20 answers

ISBN inquiry

How can I find out if a CD is enclosed with a book, if I have the ISBN number? Is there a web resource for ISBN inquiry that would give such info with physical details of the book. [more inside]
posted by neworder7 on Mar 14, 2011 - 1 answer

My subset of the Library of Congress

I'd like to put a personal library of around 200 books in order by the Library of Congress Classification System. I plan to take them off my shelves then scan all of their ISBNs for inclusion on LibraryThing... Then what? How do I get LCC numbers from ISBN numbers for ordering/labeling? How should I label them? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Oct 1, 2010 - 5 answers

from TEN DIGIT to THIRTEEN DIGIT --- an improvement or a headache?

Once, there were ten-digit ISBNs. Then, someone added a three-digit "978" prefix, the checksum digit at the end of the number changed, and now ---shazam--- they are Thirteen-digit ISBNs. Are they planning one day to use prefixes besides "978"? What was the point of this massive and seemingly pointless change? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Mar 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Author, Date, ISBN?

A question for those who know far more than I do about citation formats: why do none of them include ISBN numbers? [more inside]
posted by strixus on Nov 9, 2009 - 19 answers

How can I scan book barcodes and sell them online?

I have a USB hand held barcode scanner and I have an enormous pile of books I need to scan into some sort of usable database for sale online. What software would be most useful and where would you recommend selling them online? I'm using Windows XP Pro.
posted by JFitzpatrick on Dec 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Programming neophyte looking for a language to start with. Or, what language should I learn to complete these tasks?

What programming language should a neophyte start with to organize his life? Yes, another one of those questions. But I have two specific tasks that I'd like to accomplish and this makes choosing a language really hard for me. Especially since i'm a complete n00bler. [more inside]
posted by monkishies on Aug 11, 2008 - 35 answers

ISBN to cover photo

How to turn a list of ISBNs into a folder of JPEG photos of those book covers? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Nov 20, 2007 - 8 answers

Submitting a new book and ISBN

What websites and databases might an author submit their new book and ISBN number (other than google)?
posted by PoopyDoop on Nov 8, 2007 - 3 answers

1. ISBN 2. Web Service 3. ??? 4. Profit

I need to know which book-related web service/API is best (most complete archive, most up-to-date, most metadata) for looking up information about books given an ISBN-10 or ISBN-13. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel on Apr 17, 2007 - 10 answers

How does a publisher get Library of Congress information to include in a book?

I'm publishing a book. How do I go about getting Library of Congress information to include behind the title page? [more inside]
posted by RossWhite on Feb 7, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I de-register an ISBN?

A book I wrote was going to get published but then the publisher went out of business. Before they went under the publisher assigned my book an ISBN, so the never-published book still appears in various databases. How do I de-register the ISBN and remove it from the web?
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Jul 31, 2006 - 9 answers

People scanning books with their PDAs, what's going on?!

I was at a massive used booksale in Phoenix, Arizona today. I saw at least ten 20-something people with Treos and/or PocketPCs with barcode scanners scanning in tons of books.. it looked like they were doing real-time queries to some server getting book values and stuff like that. Who / what / where is going on? Is this a massive business or is this a new fad that young punks to now ... or what?
posted by cowmix on Feb 11, 2006 - 13 answers

Help me find this out-of-print book, The Ponderous Pseudonumer [ISBN 82-994200-4-0], by Dr. Allan Krill, or help me find an equivalent book.

Help me find this out-of-print book, The Ponderous Pseudonumer [ISBN 82-994200-4-0], by Dr. Allan Krill, or help me find an equivalent book. [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 13, 2005 - 12 answers

Finding First Editions

BookNerdFilter: Is there a way to tell the printing and edition of a book given just the ISBN? There's abook I'm thinking of ordering, and I'm much more likely to do it if it's a first edition/ printing...
posted by kaibutsu on Mar 12, 2004 - 3 answers

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