1001 Books ($1.99) by 1001 Apps Ltd. identifies 1,001 classic novels that should be read in one’s lifetime. But this app isn’t a gimmick; it’s quite serious.
The app is a companion to the book of the same title. In it, over 100 literary critics worldwide identified the novels and short stories that stand out from the others.
Each entry includes a synopsis and a critique.The lists in the app include the 2006, 2008, and 2010 editions of the book.
This is a good way to keep a record of the novels and short stories you have read from the list because it personalizes it. Each book has options to add notes, your own cover image, a rating, as well as when you started and stopped reading it.
Share your progress with others through Facebook and Twitter.
But that’s not to say you need the actual “1,001 book” to enjoy the app. By far the most entertaining aspect about this app seems to be the life expectancy calculations.
I wish I could definitely say whether it’s great or not, but it didn’t work for me after entering all of my information.
You’ll need to enter your personal information into the settings panel, which will then be used to calculate what rate you’re reading the books at, and (more importantly) if you’ll be able to complete the list before you shuffle your mortal coil. More power to you if it actually works.
If you’re reading one of the 1,001 book editions, getting this app is a no brainer. Those without the book can still use this app, though it might not be as great of an experience.
The main difference between this app and the actual book is the synopsis and critique, which would seem to be a pretty good cheat sheet if you don’t want to invest the time in reading all of them.