Tips & more

Booke is an innovative app that brings ebook features to print books

Booke app brings functionality of ebooks to printed books

Polish app for iPhone and iPad offers a game-changing way to add digital features to the paper book.

Now, you don’t have to sacrifice the touch and smell of the print book to share online what you’re reading, effectively work with a text, or collect best quotes.

Booke is an iOS application that adds social reading layer and other digital functionalities to the paper book you are currently reading.

It lets bookmark a page, select the text passage and share it on social media or via email, or search the entire content of a book for a word or excerpt.

So far, most of the projects that were designed to bring a paper book to a digital environment were about “seeing” the paper page (using a phone’s camera or a special projector), and then converting it to editable content.

Booke works differently. The app is voice activated. Just talk to find the text or share it.

For instance, you can say: Search for “Elizabeth Bennet”, and the app will show you the list of pages of your print book where Pride and Prejudice protagonist’s name appears.

Or you can say: Bookmark from “wouldn’t” to “bees”, and the app will find the correct passage and make it ready for you to share via iOS share menu.

How is that possible? Booke relies on Booke Companions, digital versions matching the print books (called Book Editions). To unlock digital functionalities, you’ll need to type in the app the ISBN number of your print book.

It seems to be the main limitation. To use Booke app to the fullest, you’ll need to have the print book that matches the digital companion that already exists. That’s why the company encourages publishers and content creators to add their books to the platform. Especially that they could add digital triggers to their print editions:

Printed books are limited to printed words and printed images, right? Wrong. Booke allows you to augment the content and provide the reader with a deeper, richer experience.

Booke is available for free in the iTunes Store, for both the iPhone and iPad. There is no info about the development of the Android version.

The app was designed by the company led by Grażyna Szczepaniak and Jarosław Bogulak. The financial support from Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development will make it possible to expand the project globally, and reach publishers in most promising markets.

⇢ Booke Free

Via INNPoland.

More to explore:

14 premium but inexpensive Kindle 11 case covers so far
– November 21, 2022

Black Friday 2022 Kindle deals include Kindle 11 and Scribe!
– November 20, 2022

Most gifted books and audiobooks on Amazon – the complete guide
– October 30, 2022

17 best Kindle sleeves and bags to get in 2022-23 season
– October 23, 2022

Basic Kindle 11th generation (2022) specs and comparisons
– October 13, 2022

Recommendation box

Gifts for modern bookworms in 2023

Based on recommendations from top tech sites and customer reviews.

• • •

Coffee and candle warmer with USB charger

Coffee and candle warmer with USB charger

This innovative little accessory that guarantees your coffee or tea will be always warm. You can also use it to release the scent from your candle without lighting it. Thanks to USB port, you will be able to charge your phone while reading.


• • •

Innovative reading light

Compact and innovative reading light

From a German brand Nachteule comes a clever book light that you attach not to a book but your reading glasses. It’s so light that you can also clip it to your earphones or hair accessories! The built-in battery will let you read 200 pages.


• • •

Hands-free pillow stand

Hands-free pillow stand – great for e-readers and print books

An improved version of a popular Lamicall tablet pillow comes now with a side pocket for a pen or small accessories. The grooves are deep enough to hold a print book. It’s made of durable materials and is available in five fashionable colors.


More gifts for bookworms