Goodreads Review. Bookshelf In Your Pockets
This is the world’s leading social network for book reading enthusiasts. According to Goodreads, the app has over 35 million members who’ve managed to add over 1 billion publications, numbers that can be attributed to the attractive features it offers. Here’s the review of the app for all Android devices and iOS gadgets.
For: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Find it on: Google Play, iTunes
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For anyone who loves reading, this tool may be instrumental. The app lets you go through thousands of reviews by other members and friends, keep your virtual bookshelf based on what you’ve already read, and create your to-read collection as you get to discover fantastic material. You can also search, review, and rate any publication from the catalog of over 12 million and comment on the updates and reviews.
The Google Android and iOS app also allows you to browse your shelves since your to-read list will be essential next time you’re choosing what to read. Additionally, you can add status and page number updates for the books you’re reading at that instance and scan all your hard copies to your in-app shelves using the barcode scanner.
Notably, it is available for both Android mobile and iOS platforms. The OS requirement for the Play Store app varies with the device, while the App Store one requires iOS 9.0 or over and works with the iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone.
Ease of Use
Despite taking up lots of my phone space, the leading app works perfectly without any lags. However, working well and being user-friendly are different things. Notably, this app isn’t particularly intuitive, and it’s relatively hard to use. You will have to do lots of navigating within the app to actually get what you’d wish to do.
The latest version comes with miscellaneous bug fixes such as the Amazon sign-in while also allowing you to view new releases, trending, and any book recommendations from the editorial team.
One noticeable attribute you’ll notice with the app is that the design is simple but not very intuitive. A little overhaul here will go a long way in making the app worth installing. However, if your mission just involves checking reviews and ratings, then the app still does the job despite being a bit difficult to understand and navigate.
You can install the app for free. The Goodreads app doesn’t have any in-app purchases.
- Syncs every update to the Goodreads cloud;
- Offers lots of information about books;
- It can be installed for free.
- Only allows you to add comments and tags;
- Requires network connection to show more than a mere booklist;
- The app doesn’t display any series info.
For those who have already signed up on Goodreads, this iOS and Android app is a definite must-have. Apart from its clean interface, it also provides the book scanning capability (which requires the device camera) while also auto-syncing to your web. Notably, it hasn’t been enhanced for iPad, so it doesn’t support split screen. Regardless, I still like the app and recommend it.