Launched earlier this year, Classics from development team Andrew Kaz and Phil Ryu still remains the most downloaded app on the iPhone in the Books category. With the addition of new titles and and a limited-time sale price of $0.99, we thought we’d take another look at this popular eReader.
From the moment you open Classics, you know you’re on a winner. The user interface is beautifully illustrated, and the bright and colorful covers of 20 different amazing literary works jump out at you from an old wooden bookcase. The titles in the Classics collection include:
- Alice in Wonderland
- Call of the Wild
- Robinson Crusoe
- The Jungle Book
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Paradise Lost
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- The Time Machine
- Hound of the Baskervilles
- Gulliver’s Travels
- A Christmas Carol
- The Metamorphosis
- Pride and Prejudice
- Treasure Island
- The Count of Monte Cristo (new)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (new)
- Iliad by Homer (new)
- Frankenstein (new)
Simply tap on the cover of a book to start reading. You can jump straight in, or tap the icon in the upper right of the screen to view a list of chapters. Classics is more than just a digital file that you scroll through though – it’s a fully integrated virtual book. You turn each page with the swipe of a finger, or slowly drag the page across as you finish off the last sentence. Whilst no digital copy will ever be able to fully recreate the feeling of an actual book – this is about as close as you could ever hope for on a mobile device.
There are a number of new and updated features in Classics that really add to the user experience. When you finished reading, Classics will automatically drop in a red bookmark so you can come straight back to where you left off. The bookmarks are even visible in the titles you’re currently reading in the bookcase. There’s also a subtle progress bar at the top of the screen that shows you how far you’re into the book. Issues with lag and book-loading times in previous versions of Classics have also been greatly improved.
While Classics is not as feature heavy or as versatile as Stanza (which is free), the Classics interface makes for a much more enjoyable reading experience. The developers are also planning to continue to add more new books in the future, but even if you only wanted to read just one of the books included with Classics – it’d still be worth every penny of the $0.99 price tag.
Bottom Line: Great books, great reader, great price.
Classics requires the iPhone OS 2.0 software update and is compatible with both the iPhone & iPod Touch.