Electric Pocket, the developers of the handy BugMe! for iPhone and iPad, have released a brand new app called BookLover for iPhone, which allows those of you who really enjoy reading books to keep track of the ones you have read, the ones you would like to read, and so much more.
BookLover features the now quite familiar virtual bookshelf layout to house and display all of your current and future books. Upon manually entering the title of a book or author, BookLover will automatically search for book cover art and, in most cases, a synopsis for said book. Added books will be placed on your shelf with their custom book covers in their appropriate place — reading now, to read, or have read — and you can tap on them to delve deeper. Books can also be rearranged by simply tapping and holding on any one book.
Tapping on any of your books will bring up further information, including title, author, synopsis, and the ability to enter which page you are currently on to keep track of your spot. The page also contains the ability to edit any of the information, share the book on Facebook or via email, add some notes, or even get recommendations for new books to try. The recommendation feature worked surprisingly well, pulling up only books relevant to the one chosen. This data is provided by Goodreads.com.
During my test period with the BookLover, I added about 12 books to see just how many it would be able to come up with book cover art for and, surprisingly, every single time it brought up the appropriate one. Additionally, during manual entry, I didn’t even have to add an author name, just a title, and it was able to easily fill in the blanks. That doesn’t mean it will work this well for everyone, since I am sure some of you have some eccentric tastes, but it’s definitely worth noting.
BookLover is now available at the introductory price of $.99. It probably isn’t for everyone, and manually entering a mess of books is definitely a pain, but it’s nice to have the ability to quickly glance at your library of books, books you want, and take notes for future reference.