Anyone who has followed me for even a short time on Twitter, or The Random Post, should know how much I love quotes. It is not simply their inspirational nature or the food for thought, it is often simply the idea that so few words can convey such memorable and powerful messages. This appeals to me as a writer and someone who strives for minimalism.
Up until now, I have been using my combo of Simplenote and Notational Velocity to store the dozens (perhaps hundreds) of quotes I keep at the ready. I have made them as easy as possible to find there by prepending the word “Quote” to the title, with the title being something descriptive about it and then the quote and attribution and source in the body. Example:
Title: Quote – Paul Rand on Simplicity
Body: “Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.”
– Paul Rand
Thanks to the wonderful search features in both programs, this made quotes easy to find if I was looking for a specific one. That said, it did not make narrowing and/or browsing through all quotes of a particular author or subject very easy. It was a solution for sure but now one built for the task.
Enter Quotebook. Quite simply, it hits every single item in what I would have wanted in the ultimate quote storage, retrieval and sharing app with perfection. Seriously, it is even better than I could have imagined. It is super fast to capture quotes, browse through existing quotes via author, sources, or tags. You can even share a quote via Email, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr with one tap. It will auto-detect quotes you have copied to the clipboard and allow you to easily add them. It has built in Wikipedia and Wikiquote browser support to find out more about the author or source. And, most importantly, you can back up all of your quotes via email or export from within iTunes to a text file.
I simply can’t believe how good this app is as a 1.0. I have needed something like this for a long, long time. It’s only $1.99 in the app store which is a steal in my book. I instantly added it to my iPhone home screen.