“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous topics, click here.
Hearing “book apps” makes me think of reading eBooks on a tablet – which is all fine and good except that I don’t do it. What I mean is really book adjacent apps that help me control and organize everything related to books themselves as well as the larger book culture.
Goodreads (Android + Apple, free): Goodreads is certainly the largest social network devoted to books and reading – and it does have its limitations – but I use it almost everyday and have added every single book on my “want to read” shelf and am currently kind of obsessed with updating my progress on its built-in “currently reading” shelf.
Inoreader (Android + Apple, free): I have looked into a lot of feed readers – BlogLovin’, Digg Reader, Feedly, The Old Reader, Sage – but Inoreader’s app is great (kind of better than its website tbh), and the site lets me keep up to four weeks of unread articles; I get about 90% of my book-related news through this.
Overdrive (Android + Apple, free) + Zinio (Android + Apple, free): Overdrive gives access to front-list eBook and eAudio rentals while Zinio focuses on magazines. If I read eBooks or had a tablet, these would be my go-to. (And, as a librarian, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention them!)
Pocket (Android + Apple, free) : I used to keep a browser open (constantly) with upwards of, like, ten tabs of stuff I wanted to read. (This is not counting anything I found at work and then made into a list.) Pocket has changed my life and is way better than Safari’s reading list because it’s cross-platform and -app compatible. (Seriously. If you download one thing off this list, make it Pocket.)
Streaks (Apple, $3.99): A simple habit-forming app that lets me create tasks or behaviors and then gently reminds me throughout the day if I haven’t yet achieved them – perfect for daily reading! [Note: although I love this app and use it daily, I don’t think it’s worth the $4 price tag. (I downloaded it for free.)]
Have your own five favorite book apps? Let me know!