iPhone App Spotlight: Classics

10 years ago in Articles by John Fuller | 1 Comment

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Classics iPhone iconWith the growing phenomenon of e-book readers, many iPhone developers have developed their own apps to turn the iPhone, or iPod touch, into a mobile reading device. One of the flashiest of such apps is Classics, a $0.99 reading application from Andrew Kaz and Phill Ryu.

What makes Classics stand out from the other ebook readers is the interface. Upon opening the app, you’re greeted with a shelf filled with classic books. The shelf is beautifully designed, and the actual reading experience is flawless.  To start reading, you tap the cover of a book and read. It’s that simple. A simple swipe of the finger from right to left triggers a page turn. Page turns in Classics are also executed beautifully, for it simulates the physical turning of a page in a book.

Whenever you stop reading, whether to go back to your shelf or exit the application, a bookmark is placed on top of the virtual page. When you want to continue reading, you simply tap the book again and you are taken to your bookmark. Also available in Classics is the availability to rearrange books on the shelf and to skip to the beginning of chapters via the table of contents.

However, one of the most important features in an e-book reader is the content. In this arena, Classics is lacking. For starters the ability to download other books is not present. You are limited to the books that included with the application. The developers are promising that more books will be released in future updates. Yet, the books are all classics, not current releases, and are free on other e-book apps.

Overall, the experience of using Classics is flawless, yet limited in terms of available content. If you’re an avid reader – Classics is not for you. In fact, you’d be better off with a dedicated e-book reader, such as Amazon’s Kindle.

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