Quote Book for IPhone
"The internet is a telephone system that's gotten uppity."--Clifford Stoll
It is always nice to have something quirky to say, even if somebody else said it first. Having those words in the palm of your hand, anytime, anyplace, can be a real luxury. Quote Book from TOMSOFT allows generations of wisdom to be carried in your pocket in the form of a database of 3,000-or-so quotations.
From the uncomfortable to the hilarious, there are numerous categories to choose your quote from, handy for finding something smart to say in a variety of situations. Everything from art, politics, love, marriage, sports, technology, and other subjects are represented.
Once you find a quote you like, you can add it to your favorites, give it a rating, or find out more about the author by viewing their Wikipedia entry from right within the app. You may also e-mail your pearl to a quote-less friend, and share the wisdom.
Sending a quote via e-mail does require you to exit the app and enter Mail. It would be nice if you could come right back to where you left off in Quote Book, but this is not so.
Quote Book also offers a search feature, but not on the main page; you may only search within the category you are currently browsing.
In any case, an app that inspires me to send three e-mails to friends within the first five minutes of downloading it is one that gets on my "must have" list right away. Quote Book has made that list. The app normally sells for US$2, but as this review was posted, Quote Book was on sale for just $1.
Quote Book is compatible with any iPhone or iPod touch running the iPhone 2.x software update.
[Jeff Phillips is an educator, podcaster, father, blogger, husband, photographer and general technology pundit. He has also been known to give the occasional Feng Shui consultation.]