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| February 25, 2013
Shelf Control: Collect Your Favorite Sentences From Real Books With ClipBook
If you'll recall, I concluded last week's edition of Shelf Control with something of a teaser for a different kind of "highlighting" e-reading app to be featured in this week's edition. Well, without further ado, I present to you … ClipBook. Essentially, ClipBook is an iOS app that enables you to "highlight" sentences or passages from books. But you might be wondering, "Isn't that what a typical e-reading app lets you do?" Apple's iBooks, Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook, Kobo's namesake app, Marvin, Readmill … practically every e-reading app for iOS has a highlighting feature. Yes, that's right. But like I said, ClipBook is a different kind of "highlighting" e-reading app. That's because ClipBook lets you collect and save sentences or passages from real, made-from-dead-trees, print books. [caption id="attachment_386320" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Collect sentences from real books with ClipBook.[/caption] To get started with ClipBook, you first have to add a new book you're reading by entering its title, author, and number of pages. Currently, this step can only be done by this manual method. I'm hoping an option to scan the barcode of a book and have its details entered is forthcoming in ClipBook. [caption id="attachment_386317" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Add a new book to get started with ClipBook.[/caption] Once your book is added, you can start adding "highlights" or, more appropriately, "clips" by first dragging the sliders to select the page on which the extract you want to collect appears. Then, you can enter the extract yourself or save a photo of it. If you choose to do the latter, you can take a photo of it on the spot or import an existing photo of it from your camera roll. Either way, you also have the option to crop the photo to show only the relevant passage on the page. [caption id="attachment_386318" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Drag the sliders in ClipBook to select the page for your clip.[/caption] And that's it. Rinse and repeat. If you're so inclined, you can also share your clips with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, you can export your ClipBook data to your Evernote account for safekeeping. [caption id="attachment_386319" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Share your clips with your friends on Facebook or Twitter and export your ClipBook data to Evernote.[/caption] You can see ClipBook in bookish action in the video below, which features "The Music of Chance," a novel by one of my favorite authors, Paul Auster. ClipBook is available in the App Store as an app optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later. If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. I hope you were able to get it while it was free several days ago. If not, you can download ClipBook now for $0.99, which is still a bargain at 70 percent off its regular price. As always, if you have suggestions for Shelf Control, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply leave a comment below. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]