Key Passages Help

Books

Add book

You can add a book in two ways:

  1. Scan the barcode
  2. Add book manually

Add a book by scanning the barcode

When your first start the app it goes immediately to the scan barcode mode. Point the camera at the book and alighn the barcode within the target. Once the barcode is recognized the app will search online for the book and add it if one is found.

To add a book from the library view tap the + icon in the top right. You will be taken to the scan barcode screen.

You can only add a book by scanning the barcode if you allow the app to access your camera and you have an active connection to the internet.

Add a book manually

If you are unable to scan the barcode of a book you can add it manually by choosing the "Add book manually" option from the scan barcode screen. You will then be asked to add the title and author of the book. Once you've added the title the save option will be enabled in the top right and you can save the book to your library.

When adding a book manually only the title is required, the author field is optional.

Edit book

To edit a book press and hold it in the Your Library screen. A menu will pop up with the option to edit. Selecting the option takes you to the edit screen. From here you will be able to edit the title and the author. Once you make a change the save option will be enabled for you to save your changes.

Only books that were added manually can be edited. You cannot save a book without a title.

Delete book

To delete a book press and hold it in the Your Library screen. A menu will pop up with the option to archive. Selecting on the option deletes the book from Your Library.

Passages

View passages

From the Your Library screen tap on a book and you will be taken to the Book Detail screen which shows all the passages.

Only the first two lines of a passage is shown. To see a full passage that's longer than two lines tap on the passage. The passage expands to show all of its contents. Cick on the passage again to collapse it back to two lines.

Add passage

There are three ways to add a passage to a book:

  1. Capture text
  2. Use existing photo
  3. Add manually

When you first open the Book Detail screen the three options for adding a book are displayed. After you have added a passage you can add more passages by tapping on the + button in the top right to reveal the options.

Capture text from a book

Selecting the option to capture text switches the app to camera mode. Take a photo of the text that you want to capture and confirm when you're happy with the photo. You will then be taken to the passage selection screen where you can identify the passage by circling it. The app then displays the selected passage as text with the save and reset options enabled. Select the save option to keep the passage. Select the reset option to discard the text and return to the photo where you can select another passage.

Before saving the text you can make any changes you like to it and optionally add a page number.

The better the photo quality the easier it is for the app to recognize the text. Here are some tips for good quality photos:

Add a passage from an existing photo

Selecting the option to add a passage from an existing photo will open your photo library for you to select a photo. Select the photo with the passage you want to save. You will then be taken to the passage selection screen where you can identify the passage by circling it. The app then displays the selected passage as text with the save and reset options enabled. Select the save option to keep the passage. Select the reset option to discard the text and return to the photo where you can select another passage.

Before saving the text you can make any changes you like to it and optionally add a page number.

Manually add a passage

When you select the option to add a passage manually you're taken to the Add Book screen. From here you can add the page number of the book and the text for the passage. Once you have made a change the save and reset options are enabled. Select the save option to save your changes. Select the reset option to clear all your changes.

When adding a passage manually only the text is required, the page field is optional.

Edit passage

In the Book Detail screen swipe left on a passage to reveal its contextual menu. Select the edit option to go to the edit screen. From here you will be able to edit the page number and the the text. Once you make a change the save and reset options will be enabled. Select on the save option to save the changes. Select on the reset option to undo any changes.

Delete passage

In the Book Detail screen swipe left on a passage to reveal its contextual menu. Select the delete option to delete the passage.

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