Don’t want people to know you’re reading something sophomoric and gushy? Hide it with these.
@IdealBinary added three new books, the ability to hide buttons and the ability to control the color scheme. Best Book application on the web! Can’t wait to see what they are coming up with for the iPad.
By having the ability to control the brightness of the page and switch around the color scheme (you can make it bright text on a dark page), it is easier to read at night (and saves battery power? Maybe?). I have a train trip I’m taking tomorrow, I am going to try and finish A Journey to the Centre of the Earth on my iPhone (and Moby-Dick).
There are two slots for “Reader Pick” which have not been filled in and I can’t find the competitors anywhere on the site, so I left them blank. Nonetheless, Let the Great World Spin is going to take it all. I think Year of the Flood deserves to win over Wolf Hall but the reviewer is Andrew WK and for some reason I feel like he’ll prefer Wolf Hall.
Burnt Shadows will upset That Old Cape Magic because everyone knows Cape was Russo’s fifth best book. Lowboy will beat The Help, but I’m most wary of that prediction. Wolf Hall will glide past An Epic Search for Truth and The Anthologist.
Jason Kottke will not hesitate to put Let the Great World Spin ahead of The Lacuna. The guy is not a moron.
Beat my bracket and I’ll send you a TFLN book.
The Morning News is doing a tournament of books! Like March Madness, only nerdier. Today, Let the Great World Spin won the first round. Tomorrow, it’s a face off between Lowboy and The Help. My money is on Lowboy. Read the “Pregame Primer” first then download the bracket. Jason Kottke of kottke.org is one of the judges!
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.
His hilarious memoir out today: http://j.mp/9UwbU5.
Buy it for the pictures of Mulgrew as a child dressed up for the Mummers’ Parade in Philly. (Oh and let’s get him a spot in the club! Inside joke…you have to read the book to be in the know.)
In case you don’t trust my sense of humor, check out his website here.