For those fellow bookworms out there this app will transform you into the proverbial kid in a candy store. If you’re anything like me, browsing in the book store and adding to the ever growing list of ‘books to read’ is almost as much fun as reading them. While it doesn’t offer the good old fashioned smell of parchment, IndieBound satisfies the urge to browse in a surprising way.
Unlike the national chains and the NYT Best Seller lists, IndieBound provides recommendations and best sellers from independent booksellers. It breaks down the recommendations into monthly “Great Reads” and “Notables” and provides daily best sellers by both type and genre. While some of the best sellers are the same ones you’d find in Borders or Barnes & Nobel, it primarily highlights those books that go unnoticed.
It syncs with the indiebound.org website and allows you to access your community account in both locations. My favorite feature is the ability to create and sync your wishlist (a.k.a. ‘books to read’ list) and add to it as you browse.
Looking for a specific book? The Book Search feature allows you to find the book you’re after and locate a local independent bookseller who carries it. This way you support your local booksellers and funnel money directly back into your community. Don’t know where your independent booksellers are located? There is a Store Finder feature that either uses your current location or can search by address or zip code. Can’t be bothered with getting off the couch browsing for books? No problem, there is a purchase online option as well.
With a snapshot of the cover and a synopsis provided by an Indie Bookseller you’ll be adding to your list in no time.
IndieBound requires the iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch.