MyBooks: iPhone App Written Review
Do you love absolutely love reading books? Want to organize and better keep track of your literary collection? Need help in remembering just which books you already own? Now there is an app for that, MyBooks, from Nzin.
Basically, MyBooks is a virtual, mobile book organizer. On bootup, you can select from scanning your books, or reviewing your collections based on Scan List, My List and Author List. These are all customizable through the built-in app features. It’s a fairly straight-forward app, centered around the ability to scan an app using your iOS camera. The app will then pull book data off the Web and save it in the form of a book list for you to view at your leisure. MyBooks supports both Barcode and QRcode scan functions, helping with both newer and older books. Use the My List to personalize and comment on your scanned collection as you see fit.
Graphically, MyBooks is a fairly nice app. The app icon and buttons in the app look sharp and fit the feel of this book app. It’s also very easy to browse MyBooks and locate which titles you are interested in. There’s really only 4 main sections to the app, all accessible from the main page. As a free ap, you’ll occasionally have ads scroll along the bottom of the app’s main page, but they aren’t too distracting. The main downside I found with the layout of MyBooks was through the camera/scan book option: if you select this and wish to get back to the home page without taking a picture, you have to manually exit the entire application and reload MyBooks. This is because there is no ‘exit’ or ‘return’ button under the scan page, making things a little awkward. More options for viewing books, such as a search function for those with long lists, would be particularly helpful. It’s also worth noting that this app, while in English, includes descriptions in Korean as well on the iTunes website, certainly adding to its appeal with users speaking said language.
Book organization apps are pretty popular on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. There really isn’t a whole lot to set apart MyBooks from many other book organization apps on the market. It’s nice to be able to scan in book barcodes and record book info on the fly, but it’s not an entirely new concept. However, for users looking for a free and very easy to use book list app, MyBooks is a fairly solid choice overall. It’s a small download (only roughly 6 mb in size so it won’t take up my space on your iOS device). There really aren’t many downsides to this app, it’s just not exactly a standout option either.
MyBooks iPhone app requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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