App of the Week: Quotebook

Title: Quotebook
Platform: iOS 4 or higher
Cost: $1.99

Quotebook is an easy way to collect, tag, and create a searchable database of quotes from resources on the web, in a book you are reading, or that someone says during a conversation and you don’t want to forget. Teens might use Quotebook as they collect quotes for a homework project and librarians might use it to collect quotes during a conference program, workshop, or meeting.

It’s a simple application to use with literally no setup required. (Of course you can change settings but it’s not necessary to do so in order to use the app.)

add quote from clipboard screen on quotebookThe simplest way to add a quote to the app is to copy text from anything you have open on your device. It can be text on a website, text in an app, text from an ebook, any text you can highlight, select, and copy you can easily add to Quotebook. Once the text is copied open up Quotebook and click on the + that appears on almost every screen in the top right corner. When text is available on the device clipboard Quotebook will ask if you want to add it to your quotebook. (It shows you what the text is.) And, you just click “Add.”

Don’t worry, if you have a quote that doesn’t appear in some form on your device, that’s OK, you can simply type it into the new quote area in Quotebook and you are all set.

add tags to quotebookThe form for adding a quote includes space for author, source, a rating, and tags. Tagging quotes allows you to organize quotes into broad categories and is really useful for research. If you, or teens, are working on a project, use the tags to gather quotes on a specific aspect of the topic. Multiple tags can be added to a quote and it’s also possible to revise quotes so that new tags that are appropriate can be added to any older quote in the quotebook. Another nice feature of Quotebook is that when adding a new tag at the same time as adding a new quote, that tag is automatically added to the new quote

Your quotebook is searchable by author, source, tag, or all of those together. That means that if I want to search all of my quotes for the word ‘library,” I can do so. It’s a really useful way to see all the different times a particular word or phrase is used in what I’ve added to my Quotebook.

It’s also possible to share quotes via email, Twitter, or Facebook and you can also export quotes in a text format if you want to make sure not to lose them, or have access to them in another form.

Wikipedia search on quotebookOne cool feature of the app is that it’s possible to search Wikipedia from within Quotebook in order to locate more information about an author or source. For example, if I’m looking at a quote from the YALSA Blog I can click on the source listing for YALSA and Quotebook will automatically search Wikipedia for information about the association. This feature also allows for searching for other quotes by the same author or source via Wikiquote.

While Quotebook isn’t anything “fancy,” it does succeed at doing one thing, collecting quotes, really well. That makes it a very worthwhile app for teens and librarians.

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Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.