Lauren Leto

The 10 Best iPhone Apps for Book Nerds

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on March 6, 2010

To celebrate my new iPhone, I’m downloading the apps I’ve been denying myself while using a Blackberry.

1. 3D Bookshelf .  Classic Literature Collection. For .99 cents you get around twenty books! The books include Pride and Prejudice, Utopia and Great Expectations. In my spare time, I’m going to try and read all of A Journey to the Centre of the Earth on my phone. To browse the pages, you flick your finger across the screen, much like you’ll do for iPad books. Definitely worth the money.

2. Paulo Coelho. This app cost $1.99 and I’m not sure it delivers enough punch for your bucks. It’s basically a trivia game about Coelho’s works. It says you could win a signed book from him but for some reason I don’t believe it. I don’t believe most people who use a lot of exclamation marks. However, I think they should develop more apps like this, I’d love to take a Dostoevsky or Atwood trivia quiz.

3. Words with Friends. You can get the free app or pay $2.99 for one without ads. I say, try the free one until you are positive you like the application. You can pay Scrabble against people you know (by searching for their username) or against random people. You can have as many games as you want playing simultaneously, the app will push notify you when an opponent has finished their turn. It’s the best way for book nerds to show off their verboseness.

4. Classics. If you like 3D Bookshelf, but have already read most of the books, check out Classics. It’s similar, priced the same and looks just as nice as the 3D Bookshelf. (By the way, both of these applications are over 20 MB). The page flipping on Classics, however, is not as smooth as 3D Bookshelf. Be warned: there are other applications that seem like Classics and 3D Bookshelf but they aren’t nearly as nice looking or they have extremely long load times.

5. Dictionary! (exclamation point theirs, not mine). Where would book nerds be without dictionaries? This free app has a great layout and gives plenty of synonyms along with the definition.

6. Bookworm. This $2.99 game gets addicting, and fast.  It’s also great training for Words with Friends!

7. Shakespeare. This free app is exciting and entertaining. Not only is it the complete works of Shakespeare, it also has a feature where you can search through all the works to find a quote based on keywords. Anyone else get the visual of some lovelorn guy quoting from his iPhone outside of a girl’s window? Adorable. You can get the “pro” version for $2.99 which includes scene breakdowns and a searchable glossary.

8. Goodreads. A free app that lets you link to your Goodreads account and read book reviews. Very, very handy while in a bookstore. If you have other friends with a Goodreads account, you can see their favorite books and what they’re reading.

9. Socrates Quick Quotes. For my fellow political/philosophy junkies, this free app can be your quick fix. You can search by keywords, forward to friends, shake for random quote and control the font. Note of caution: if you forward quotes to a friend, they’re going to realize that you’re a huge dork who probably used to eat scented markers. Make wise decisions.

10. Last but not least, the TFLN iPhone app, because not all reading has to be highbrow. Entertain yourself and your friends for hours.

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  1. Aidan Doolan said, on March 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for the nice write up!

    All the best,

    Aidan & Kevin Doolan, creators of 3D Bookshelf.

  2. Jad Morffier said, on March 7, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Check out WordWeb for the best offline dictionary out there in iPhone app world.

    Also check out Stanza, very impressive.

  3. Rebekah said, on March 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the info! I’m thinking of getting an iPhone, and these are definitely helpful :]

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  5. Alli said, on March 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I hope that they will have these same type of apps for the google nexus phone. It’s unfair that such a crappy network has all these cool toys.


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