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Create A Searchable Catalogue Of Your Bookshelf With Evernote

Got a big book collection and don’t really want to take the time to catalogue the entire thing? If you snap a photo of your books into Evernote, it will create a searchable inventory for you automatically.

Photo by MilousSK (Shutterstock).

If you’re an Evernote user, you’re probably familiar with the free optical character recognition (OCR) it performs on any photos you save into a notebook. It doesn’t need a picture of a text document to perform OCR — just a picture with text in it.

Because the spines of all your books have the author and title on them, a photo is enough for Evernote to detect that information with its OCR. All you have to do is photograph your books clearly and save that picture into a notebook. By doing so, you’ll be able to search for an author or title and Evernote will show you where that book is on your shelf.