This post from Good Experience, “A Kindle Trick Changes the Reading Experience” found the ability of the Kindle, or likely any equipped e-lit reader, to catch the overused and abused phrase in a piece of work. In this instance, it was the cliche “his heart in his mouth” in the novel Pillars by Ken Follett. It showed up thirteen times–seventeen if you counted those indicating “her” as well.
Since I’m not one of the rich kids on my block, I’m borrowing the example used by Mark Hurst in his post to show the screenshot Kindle comes up with when queried:
While this seems a neat way of finding these problem areas, most word processing programs are capable of doing the same and I don’t know why an author, then his editor, wouldn’t take this track as an easy and more efficient (rather than depending upon memory) manner of catching them.