A few months ago now I bought myself an Android smart phone, and I have to say that I loved it straight away! Or at least I did as soon as I could wrestle it out of the hands of the boy who insisted that he had to download things like Angry Birds and constantly rearrange the apps so that I couldn't actually find anything for the first couple of weeks!
The first apps that I downloaded were Facebook and Twitter, and then I started looking at bookish apps. First, I downloaded Goodreads which I like to use to update reading statuses etc when I am away from the computer. The next one was Library Anywhere, which I have to say I don't really like all that much. I prefer to use the internet to go to the library webpage and use the normal catalogue.
The next thing I noticed was that on the back of Elizabeth Hoyt's there is now a QR code that you can scan and get taken straight to her website which I thought was a very clever way of connecting books to current technology!
Since then, I have been paying a bit more attention to this kind of stuff, and it seems that there is a whole world of unexplored options out there. Just recently, Avon announced that all their new books will have a QR code which will take readers to a mobi site (m.avonromance.com) where "readers can get information on favorite authors, newly released titles, backlist treasures, videos and multimedia content, easy click-to-buy links for print books and e-books, and special extras, such as value-priced e-book deals."
Just recently Dear Author did a post where they looked at Android reading apps and there were a LOT of them, many of which I had never heard of before.
The latest app that I have downloaded is the Kindle App. I am not sure that I am necessarily all that keen on reading a book on my phone, but never say never!
It seems that there is so much more that we as readers can be doing apart from just reading a book!
And now, I am going back to play Flight Control. The only thing that has to do with books is that if I start playing it on the train I won't actually get any reading done as I try to beat my highest score!
Do you have a favourite bookish app? Do any of your favourite authors have a really good app? Share your favourites in the comments!
The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon and Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt.