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Five free business card readers

Introduction

Ah, the business card. That tiny fragment of paper that is your palm-size resume, ready to reach out and give people your pertinents — snapshot details that explain who you are, what you do, and how to contact you. In return, you get them by the handfuls. The problem is, the modern world really isn't made for paper business cards. So what do you do every time someone hands you a business card? If it's someone you want to keep in touch with, you scan it into your mobile device and save it in your contacts.

But how do you get the information from the business card into your device without having to manually enter it? You use a business card reader app — of which there are plenty. I'll highlight some of my favorite such applications, all of them free, so you can begin the process of converting that mountain of business cards into a more useful digital format.

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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