eHighlighter Lets You Take Digital Notes From Your Paper Book

 I’ve long since given up on paper books, but if I still needed them regularly I’d definitely get this app. eHighlighter is a recently released iPhone app which lets you digitally highlight and upload text selected from a paper book.

A demo video of this app has been kicking around Youtube for a while now, and it looks impressive.  The operation of the app is fairly straightforward. You take a picture of the page, and after you identify the beginning and end points for the highlighted section the app will convert the image to text.

You then have the option of adding more notes to the converted text as well as organizing your collected notes. You can even generate a citation based on the scanned barcode for the book (how cool is that). And once you’re done creating the note you can also export it to Evernote, Dropbox, or via email.

I don’t have an iPhone, but I’m especially interested in this app because of last week’s news about Evernote. Among the many new features was a new partnership with 1DollarScan as well as an improved camera feature. Evernote’s iOS app is now capable of correcting for much of the distortion introduced by the iPhone’s camera and the generally less than perfect background conditions (lighting, camera angle, etc). But one thing that Envernote doesn’t appear to be able to do is clip just part of a page.

Unless you plan to write over the top of the excess text, copying a full page out of a textbook is often counter-productive. That’s why I find myself liking the eHighlighter app; tt lets you copy just the relevant part of the page and thus saves the effort of trimming the excess.

The app is available in iTunes.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Mike Cane27 August, 2012

    Is this the only on-board OCR app? I thought there were others too. Did you also see if Android has any?

    1. Nate Hoffelder27 August, 2012

      There are probably bunches. This one looked cool and it just launched.

  2. Eric Welch27 August, 2012

    I was excited to try this app because it looked like just what I need. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work at the moment and failed on several tries to recognize highlights, log in to the site (just hung, etc.) I see it’s an OCLC WorldCat product so perhaps they just need more time to get it going.

  3. Peter27 August, 2012

    Has anyone tried using this on a screen?

    I actually think it may be easier than copy/paste as I don’t always have a mouse and trackpads are a pain.

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