The best apps for book lovers
- Paul Gallagher
- 29 April 2014
Including Bookspotting, Wattpad, Sequential, Goodreads and Sherlock: Interactive Adventure
The new app that prompted this list is a Scottish books database in your pocket, featuring information on over 3500 books of Scottish interest, searchable in a myriad ways. The app’s major strength is its focus on location, allowing you to find your nearest independent bookshop or take a guided literary tour with one of the many inbuilt maps.
On a first sweep this self-publishing platform appears to be little more than an overflowing hotbed of fan fiction. But spend some time flicking through the virtual shelves, and little treasures start to reveal themselves. Check out sci-fi bestseller Cory Doctorow’s *3Homeland*2 for starters: you’ll soon be happily lost in this intuitively-designed and truly democratic app.
The visual nature of graphic novels makes them perfect for displaying on digital screens, and this app offers a really user-friendly way to discover what’s out there. It’s a graphic novel shop – iTunes for comics – and lots of thought has gone into the menus, categorisation and display. There is a lot of fun to be had in simply browsing, while purchases are neatly stored in the app’s own library.
Sherlock: Interactive Adventure
Arthur Conan Doyle’s ever-popular detective gets the interactive book treatment in style, with atmospheric music, an animated map packed with trivia and a fluid, easy-to-use way of navigating the story.
Book lovers come in all shapes and sizes, but let’s be honest, a high proportion of them sit somewhere on the nerd/geek spectrum, which is why the Goodreads app is so popular (25m users and counting). It offers a simple way to list, rate and review all the books you read, as well as letting users check out what others are recommending. Then you can get involved in all manner of book-lovin’ discussions.