iPoe Collection Interactive Books Are Available For Android

iPoe Collection Interactive Books Are Available For Android

Jan 29, 2014

iPoe Collection 3

iPoe Collection is a collection of the best (or worst, depending on your squeakiness) tales by Edgar Allan Poe, beautifully designed and illustrated to create an unmatched experience on your mobile device. The series is distributed by volumes, and the first ones are already available. So, if you like spooky classics, try it out. Download it here: iPoe Collection on Google Play.

Illustrated Fairy-Tales Brought On Android With Easy Tales

Illustrated Fairy-Tales Brought On Android With Easy Tales

Dec 16, 2013

Easy Tales 2

Classic stories for children come alive, thanks to a project called Easy Tales. It’s a series of digital books, illustrated and narrated to aid the famous stories. There are several games published already, with free demos available. The links to all of them can be found here: Easy Tales Website.

A World of Ice and Fire Demystifies the Game of Thrones Books

Winter is coming, by which I mean season 3 of Game of Thrones, the world’s favorite way to watch the foibles and follies (mostly violent ones) of the seven houses of Westeros and also to see Peter Dinklage be awesome. The TV series has also raised interest in the books, and publisher Random House has released an official app approved by and made in conjunction with George R.R. Martin for the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, entitled A World of Ice and Fire. That’s the ‘official’ name for the series, “Game of Thrones” being the name of the first book that HBO uses for the TV show.

With all the characters and events to keep track of across Westeros, this app will be a great help. It contains biographic info on all the characters, information on all the locations. InfoPacks for each book in the series that unlock more info can be bought as an in-app purchase. If you want to get ahead of the game with information, use the spoiler slider to see what you aren’t supposed to know yet. The core app can be downloaded for free from Google Play which is cheaper than what the Iron Throne costs.

Wattpad Review

Wattpad Review

Feb 29, 2012

Wattpad is an online library of over 100,000 free books all stored in the cloud. It has a community of authors who contribute these stories through the app – with interaction from readers who can vote, comment or leave a suggestion. Although no login credentials are required to start the app, one can log in using a Facebook account, or by setting up a Wattpad account. The home page then offers two default featured titles, giving a button below to see more books from their vast selection.

Most, if not all, stories are contemporary fiction genres – from teen to suspense thrillers. The fly out style menus make browsing intuitive enough to make sense to the first time user. Tap on a genre and all titles are presented with a thumbnail of the book cover and a synopsis. The rest of the summary can be expanded and collapsed by tapping on the end of the paragraph. To choose a book, simply tap on the thumbnail or book title to show first page. The loading time is acceptable considering the amount of data the app has. It shouldn’t take too long with a good Internet connection. When hitting the Back button, there is an option to save the book to the library. Choosing “Yes” will include that book in the home page the next time the app is opened.

The text and other elements of the book can be adjusted by tapping on the Menu button. The text size, color and font face can be changed, as well as the background colors. The colors are all preset and there is no option to manually set it. Scrolling up and down the text is an okay experience, it’s not the best but it’s also not the worst. The text scrolls by paragraph, so scrolling through the story feels a bit choppy and awkward at first. However, the overall stable performance of the app makes this a very minor flaw. The user can also double tap the screen for making the text scroll automatically.

Although the app itself has good features, the quality of books found in the network can sometimes throw a reader off. Typos, incorrect grammar and awkward phrases are not good things to spot in any published work. Because the network allows for anyone to submit e-books, quality control may not be so prevalent given the volume of submissions.

Wattpad may not be as feature-rich as other e-book readers, but it does offer more free book titles than any other e-book store in the Market. For a voracious reader who is not particular with an author’s popularity and is open to reading anything, this app is a great reading companion. It does, however, fall short on aesthetic and functional aspects of an e-book reader. Ultimately, the reader decides which features are more important for them, but this app surely is worth a try.

Redesigned Android Market with Book and Movie Stores Rolling Out to Froyo and Gingerbread Devices

Redesigned Android Market with Book and Movie Stores Rolling Out to Froyo and Gingerbread Devices

Jul 13, 2011

Google has revealed the latest version of the app for the Android Market, and it brings some new features to the Market, Most immediately apparent is the app’s total redesign; gone is the rotating display of apps at the top, and here is a new panel-based design providing access to not just apps and games, but to books and movies as well. Through the Google Books app and new Videos app, users can now buy books from the Market, and rent movies. Both services will offer the ability to instantly stream the content to users’ devices as purchases are linked to users’ Google Accounts. As well, there is the option to download them to the phone for offline viewing. These features will be available in the US, though they may come to some other countries in the future.

For apps and games, the new Android Market will provide new top lists, including a “Top Grossing” list, similar to the iOS App Store. This new chart could help push Android Market’s built-in in-app purchase mechanism as apps that use it would be eligible to appear on this list, as opposed to 3rd party IAP mechanisms. This should also help free to play games and similar apps with in-app purchases have some more visibility on the store.

The new Android Market will not be available to all users, as right now it only supports Android 2.2 and up devices. Considering that a lot of phones are still stuck on 2.1 and below, now may be the time for those users to start yelling at their carrier and manufacturers, or to start looking into rooting and custom roms for their phone. Every Android problem has a solution, after all. The new Android Market app will be automatically updating on users’ devices over the next couple of weeks, and will be available internationally, with Books and Videos support enabled for US users. The new Videos app is available from the Market for compatible devices.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Mar 2, 2011

Theodor Seuss Geisel more commonly know as Dr. Seuss would have been 107 today. This man’s imagination gave birth to the zany characters and rhymes which have entertained children for decades. My childhood copy of “Green Eggs and Ham” still sits on my bookshelf to this day and it’s amazing to watch my children enjoy the very same rhythmic stories as if they were written today. These classic stories continue to entertain and endure time via technology and have since made their way into screen adaptations, television shows, interactive computer programs and the more recent, mobile applications.

Books Now Available in the Android Web Market

Books Now Available in the Android Web Market

Feb 25, 2011

Have you visited the Android Web Market lately? If not, go check it out. You will notice a “Books” section listed and I bet you can guess what that means. Yep, you can now purchase books via the Android Web Market and the UI features the same polished format as the “Apps” section. You can browse by categories, new arrivals, top selling and top free. Each book page features a short description of the book along with reader reviews. Find authors you enjoy and click on their name to view a collection of their available titles. Purchasing books follows the same simple procedures as buying apps and they become available almost instantly.

Oceanhouse Media Releases Two More Dr. Seuss Hits

Oceanhouse Media Releases Two More Dr. Seuss Hits

Jan 25, 2011

Last month we told you about Oceanhouse Media’s popular interactive children’s book apps for Android (whew, that was a mouthful). They made their debut onto Android by releasing two popular Dr. Seuss titles: “The Cat In The Hat” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” We’ve just received word that they are at it again and have just recently released two additional Dr. Seuss hits to the Android Market.

Popular Seuss titles “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” and “The Lorax” are now available for purchase and include the same great features found in Oceanhouse Media’s previous releases.

[Update] A Grinch, A Cat In a Hat, Indeed Android Has, Two New Dr. Seuss Apps

[Update] A Grinch, A Cat In a Hat, Indeed Android Has, Two New Dr. Seuss Apps

Dec 14, 2010

It would be safe to say that at some point in our lives we’ve been exposed to the workings of Dr.Seuss. His classic rhythmic children books can be spotted on almost every child’s bookshelf. With numerous screen adaptations, merchandise and even a theme park, it is only fitting that his legacy would continue entertaining children of all ages through newer technologies. That’s exactly how app development company Oceanhouse Media, Inc. feels, and that is why they created their popular Dr.Seuss digital children’s book apps.

Food Fight! Children’s Book Review

Food Fight! Children’s Book Review

Dec 8, 2010

Technology is forever changing the way children experience and learn fundamental skills such as language and reading. “Food Fight! Children’s Book” by developer Jelly Biscuits takes the next logical step by bringing innovative and interactive reading to our handheld devices, which more than often end up in the clutches of our children’s tiny hands. “Food Fight! Children’s Book” features original illustrations and text from Glenn Melenhorst’s popular children’s book “Little Boys.” In a collaborative effort this re-released version has been remastered with over 80 interactive elements and can be found on both Android and iOS. Since I have 2 young reviewers at home, I decided to hand it over to them for some testing for this Android Rundown.

Google eBooks and Accompanying Android App Released

Google eBooks and Accompanying Android App Released

Dec 6, 2010

My mother never imagined a day when her book collection would be stored in a “cloud” but that day has arrived with the announcement of Google’s “eBooks.” This new service from Google allows users access to an extensive catalog of over 3 million ebooks. Google boasts over 3 million free titles along with hundreds of thousands available for purchase via Google’s eBookstore. With a catalog like that it’s a good thing Google also offers unlimited storage. Once books have been stored in Google’s digital cloud they are ready to be accessed and viewed wherever and whenever supported devices are available. With the ability to read ebooks via web, smartphone, or eReading device you no longer have an excuse as to why you haven’t finished “War and Peace.”