Yale University Press Unveils Its New App for Its Iconic Yale Book of Quotations

Finding the Right Words Has Never Been Easier

New Haven, Connecticut, UNITED STATES

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yale University Press is proud to debut its new downloadable app for The Yale Book of Quotations, along with bonus content from The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs.


The app will be available for the purchase price of $9.99 via iTunes. It can be viewed on all Apple mobile products, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices. The app will be available for purchase on March 28, 2013. To view the product page, visit www.QuotationDictionary.com.

The Yale Book of Quotations app brings together a collection of over 13,000 quotes and proverbs from Yale University Press's award-winning title The Yale Book of Quotations by Fred R. Shapiro and the companion edition, The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs by Charles Clay Doyle, Wolfgang Mieder, and Fred R. Shapiro.

The content has a unique focus on American quotations and proverbs, and includes topics from literary and historical sources to popular culture, sports, computers, science, politics, law, and the social sciences.   The app will allow visitors to seek specific quotes, search by subject, or just enjoy browsing.  The app provides a fun, highly-usable experience for lovers of words and language everywhere.

John Donatich, Director of Yale University Press, says, "We are so pleased and proud to unveil the app for The Yale Book of Quotations. We believe this new platform for the book will allow readers to experience and enjoy the content in an innovative way.  Think of the pleasures:  a quote a day keeps banality away!"


The app provides easy-to-use features, including:

  • Full text searchability for all entries within The Yale Book of Quotations and The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs
  • The ability to share favorite quotations and proverbs via email, Twitter, Facebook, and Evernote
  • Quotation of the Day feature
  • Complete offline use - no internet connection required
  • Universal app design, making it usable on the multiple devices
  • Hyperlinked cross-references for easy navigation
  • The ability to bookmark and organize entries in personal folders
  • Browse by author last name or by proverb keyword
  • Swipe through entries as if flipping through pages of the book
  • Access lifetime usage history of app 

PREVIOUS MEDIA FOR The Yale Book of Quotations:

The Yale Book of Quotations received widespread media attention, and continues to be sourced and cited in media worldwide. Among the previous praise:

  • "Shapiro does original research, earning his 1,067-page volume a place on the quotation shelf next to Bartlett's and Oxford's."—William Safire, New York Times Magazine
  • "Meticulously researched. . . . To find out who said what and when they did it, Shapiro spent six years poring over hundreds and hundreds of databases, using advanced Internet searches as well as using the more old-fashioned methods of going through microfilms, dusty bookshelves and reading the 1,000 or so other quotation books that are out there to find out the truth. . . . The result . . . is a quotations book with footnotes that are as fascinating to read as the quotes themselves." —Arthur Spiegelman, Washington Post BookWorld
  • "This engaging compendium ... contains many entries not found in Bartlett's" —The Wall Street Journal; ranked as the second most essential of all reference works.
  • "The Yale Book of Quotations, handsomely printed, brings modern voices into the company of standbys like Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson and Mark Twain, who squeeze together and make room for B.B. King, Fran Lebowitz, and Stanislaw Jerzy Lec." —William Grimes, New York Times (The Gifts to Open Again and Again)
  • "The Yale Book of Quotations aims to become the Bartlett's for a new generation. ... One thing is certain: It's a whole lot more fun." —Dallas Morning News
  • "Tired of anglophilic Bartlett's, with its overused English one-liners? [This is] a major new companion, tilted toward American and pop culture."  —Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "A handsome volume ... Not only is the The Yale Book of Quotations a more profoundly researched work than anything else to date, it is more comprehensive than any other quotation-reference work—the first, in fact, to emphasize modern and American sources and fully to represent popular culture, children's literature, sports, computers, politics, law, and the social sciences." —BookForum

For more information, or to receive a promo code for advance review (quantities are limited), please contact Jennifer Doerr, senior publicist, Yale University Press, 203-432-0969, jennifer.doerr@yale.edu.

About Yale University Press: Founded in 1908, Yale University Press is one of the oldest and largest university presses in the United States. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, with offices in London, England, the Press publishes more than 400 books annually in a wide range of disciplines, including art, history, politics, religion, literature, science, and philosophy.  Its foreign-language program features widely used textbooks on Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, and French.  You can learn more at www.Yalebooks.com.

Jennifer Doerr

Senior Publicist

Yale University Press

(203) 432-0969


Yale University Press is a premiere scholarly book publisher of art, architecture, business, economics, environmental studies, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, reference, religion, science, and world languages titles.

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