QR codes on books

Augment your content with QR codes on books, connect with your fans online and give students fun, new ways to learn.

Best practices for QR codes on books


1. Go beyond words

Similarly to how a book builds a bridge between your own imagination and the real world, QR codes on books connect the digital world with the real one. They allow you to take readers to places where they can discover new facets of the book’s content or get to know the author better.


2. Give learning a whole new dimension

QR codes on books are especially great for educational books, as they allow you to add new elements for students. Use a Download File QR code to host an MP3 file with vocabulary pronunciations for students learning a new language. Connect a YouTube QR code to a video with extra learning materials for a concept in the book. Create a Mobile Page QR code with extra illustrations students can explore. Show students exactly where a historical event took place with a Google Maps QR code.

Because the QR codes are dynamic, you can always update the information or add something new when you need to.


3. Connect with your readers

When readers finish a book, they really want to talk about it. The problem is, it can be difficult to find other people who have read the same book. Use a Website QR code to connect readers with a discussion forum about the book or a Social Links QR code to suggest groups they can join for a spirited discussion.

YouTube QR code can lead to a list of other books by the author or a trailer for their most recent work. Get creative and connect a QR code to a playlist curated by the author so readers can get to know them better. If the author wants to collect more followers on social media, they can list their accounts on a Social Links QR code for readers to scan.


QR codes on Books: the benefits

Books already transport us to other realms with their words and pictures. The immersive experience of unlocking your own imagination is unparalleled in entertainment. But, there is a way to make books even better and that is with QR codes.

How to create QR codes
on books

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1. Register for a 14-day free trial with QRcodeKit.com and choose the type of QR code you want on your book.


2. Enter the necessary information for that QR code type.


3. Customize your QR code by editing the short URL and creating a template for it. Add your brand’s name, logo and colors.


4. Download your QR code in the file format you need. (We can help you choose the right one.)


5. Integrate your newly-created QR code into your book design.



6. Watch the magic happen.



If you need to change what your QR code connects to, no problem! Dynamic QR codes can be edited and changed as many times as you like.

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QR codes on Books: how to do it right

We want your QR code marketing to be successful, so here are some best practices for using the codes with books.
Tell readers exactly what they can expect by scanning your code. The more they know about it, the more likely they are to scan it. You can even give them some simple instructions on how to scan it if you like. QR codes are great for setting up scavenger hunts for making children’s books interactive.
QR codes that look unique are more likely to be scanned. We recommend showing your creativity by making your QR code your own. Change the shape of the elements, add some color, slap a logo on it, do what you can to make it stand out so readers will scan it. The best images to use for logos are icons without words. QRcodeKit.com automatically tells you after each step of customization if your QR code is scannable, so go ahead and experiment.
The beauty of customizing your QR code is that you’re not actually altering the code itself. What you’re actually doing is creating a “mask,” if you will, that goes over the QR code. This means you can save the design as a template and use it on as many codes as you want. Doing this makes for a nice, uniform look to your QR codes.
You’ll get a short URL for your QR code (which you can use even without the code, by the way). This URL can be edited to say anything you want, which means you can put the publisher’s name, the author’s name or the book’s title into it (or anything else, for that matter).

It’s great for brand recognition and it’s another way to make your QR code unique.
We highly recommend testing your QR code before printing it. Start by asking your code some simple math questions and then gradually move onto more difficult ones. We’re joking, of course! When we say test it, we mean you should try scanning it with a variety of gadgets and devices.

Keep in mind that it should be at least 3 x 3 cm (about 1 x 1 in) and it should have good contrast with a darker foreground and lighter background. Make it stand out from its surroundings and give it an enticing call to action. QRcodeKit.com will tell you if your code appears to be scannable, but you should test it nevertheless.

QR codes on books in Action

Book tours go hand in hand with books, so tell readers where they can see their favorite author with a Mobile Page QR code that lists all of the events or a YouTube QR code that shares the information in video format.

There is virtually no limit to what you can do with QR codes on your educational books. Use Download File QR codes to let students hear the sounds of various animals they are studying. Connect a Website QR code to a URL where they can find quizzes and games related to the book’s content or turn a Mobile Page QR code into a photo gallery full of pictures related to the book.

Picture books are so wonderful. All those pages of striking images look brilliant. Photographers who publish picture books can have a vCard QR code in their book that gives readers their contact information for networking purposes or a Website QR code that takes readers directly to their studio’s website.

QR codes can even help save on printing costs. You can print one photo in your book and have a Mobile Page QR code that acts as a gallery for other photos that you want readers to see, but you couldn’t put into the book due to cost. Use the Website URL to take readers to a whole website dedicated to the subject of the book or get more followers with a Social Links QR code. If you have readers from different countries, you can use a Multi-Country Links QR code to show them content specific to their language or area of the world.