Since coming across Jamie Todd Rubin’s great collection of blog posts on using Evernote to go paperless, I’ve been plowing through his articles and putting many of his workflows into practice, such as automating things with IFTTT, and his brilliant suggestion of creating a digital version of your house.
Well, here’s another one. If you are like Rubin and me (note the subtle association there; next, I’ll be using his first name), and have tons of books, and can’t always remember whether you have a book or not (and if you have, where it is), then this is for you. Tomorrow, I’m packing my digital camera and will get started on creating my virtual bookcase in Evernote.
Some time back, I wrote a Going Paperless post called “Creating a Digital Version of Your House” in which I described how I use tools like Skitch and Penultimate to capture floor plans and measurements around the house that might be useful to have when I am away–say at the hardware store. While I was away on my Internet vacation, it occurred to me, as I was measuring my bookshelves, that it might be equally useful to have a digital version of my bookshelves in Evernote. With something like 1,100 books, I can’t always remember if I happen to have a particular book or not, and it might be useful to have a quick reference.
… I know there are database systems out there for keeping track of books, and I’ve tried many of them but they are too time consuming for me. It occurred to me that, thanks to Evernote’s ability to identify text in images and allow you to search that text, an “image library” of my books might be just the trick.
My process for doing this was pretty simple, and highly dependent on Evernote to do much of the work for me. For those who want to reproduce my results, here’s what to do:
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