Last Fall, my little brother bought me an iPhone 4. Well, technically, it was a free phone offer so he didn’t pay for it, but it’s the thought that counts. I’d previously been a BlackBerry girl down to the core but when I was introduced to the bright and shiny world of iPhone Apps, that all fell by the wayside. There are so many apps to make my life easier! Over the last few months, I’ve discovered several that are designed specifically for book lovers such as myself. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Goodreads: I use Goodreads online, and the Goodreads App for iPhone is pretty useful. I can view updates, update my own status, view and edit my bookshelves, view friends’ bookshelves, and search for and request friends. A really great feature is the ability to scan books, via my iPhone camera, onto my Goodreads bookshelves. If you have a ton of books you want to add for insurance purposes, or even just one library book you don’t feel like typing in, all you have to do is scan the ISBN and BAM! There it is, in your Goodreads account. Fabulous! This app also has the ability to locate any literary events that are taking place based on your GPS location. Nice! Thanks, Goodreads… – The Goodreads App for iPhone is FREE in the iPhone App Store
2. Kindle: I have my beloved Kindle Paperwhite, but sometimes I just have to put it aside to charge it or – gasp! – I forget it at home. It’s all good, though, because I have the Kindle App for iPhone on my side. From the cloud, I can download any Kindle book I’ve ever purchased or any library books I’m currently borrowing. As long as the wi-fi on my actual Kindle is activated, the two devices will sync to the last page that I read. Love that feature! The Kindle App for iPhone ensures that no matter where I go, I always have ALL THE BOOKS with me. This would be the equivalent of what The Boy calls his blankies (yes, he has more than one blankey – we’re all about the OCD in the Pathologically Literate Household). – The Kindle App for iPhone is FREE in the iPhone App Store
3. Bluefire: The Bluefire Reader for iPhone is an app I just discovered over the last week or so, and I’m so excited about it! Bluefire supports ePUB and PDF content and, most notably, it also supports Adobe Digital Editions encrypted ePUB DRM content. What this means to me is that I can now download my NetGalley ARC ePUBs to my iPhone to read via Bluefire instead of having to sit at my laptop for hours to read them. So awesome! Additionally, Bluefire will support ADE content for Google, Sony Reader, Diesel, ARE, and Kobo. You can also download and read library books via Bluefire (although the “official” library book app is Overdrive). Again, yay! There are certain ebooks at the library that are only in ePUB form so they’ve been unavailable to me (can you say, The Aviator’s Wife?) but now – victory is mine! Bluefire, will you be my BFF? – The Bluefire App for iPhone is FREE in the iPhone App Store
4. LibraryBooks: LibraryBooks is a great app, with the potential to be even greater. Basically, it connects to your particular public library – you can connect to multiple libraries/accounts – and it will track what books, movies, CD’s and other media you have checked out and when they are due. You can set notifications to alert you ahead of time when your books are due. The app will also track what books you have reserved and where you are on the waiting list, and will alert you when they are available to you. All of this is fabulous and wonderful, right? Yes, indeed. My one complaint: LibraryBooks does not encompass the digital library side of things. It does not track your ebooks – neither those that you’ve checked out nor those that you have reserved. So disappointing! Isn’t this supposed to be the digital age? C’mon, now, LibraryBooks – get with the program!! — The LibraryBooks App for iPhone is $2.99 in the iPhone App Store
5. Audible: I am not myself a fan of audiobooks (you can read about this in an upcoming post). I did, however, recently purchase the audiobook version of The Hunger Games for The Boy to listen to, in the hopes that it will spur him on to read the actual book along with the rest of the trilogy. Our family computer is in the Family Room which means I would have to listen to it (annoying!) and I don’t like the idea of sharing my laptop, so he’ll be using the Audible App on my iPhone – far, far away in another room. Some of the features this app offers include the ability to transfer your books to your device via wi-fi, chapter navigation/bookmarking, and the ability to track your listening habits. – The Audible App for iPhone is FREE in the iPhone App Store
These are the five iPhone Apps that I either use the most, or love the most. I’m all about making life easier and these help me to do that. You should definitely check them out to see if they would be a good fit for you! But if they’re not, don’t worry – there are so many more bookish apps in the App Store to suit anyone’s fancy. In the end, it all comes down to what helps you do what you need to do in the easiest way possible. Head over to the iPhone App Store today!
Do you have an iDevice? What are your favorite bookish apps?