February 20, 2012
For iPhone users who are also voracious readers, here's something good to look forward to. An app based on the bestselling literary reference book “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die” is soon to be released in the App Store. The 1001 Books App is the creation of John aka Arukiyomi. It is being developed in response to comments on John's book blog asking him to create a native iOS app version of his popular downloadable spreadsheets conveniently listing the contents of the “1001 Books” book. The source book, edited by Peter Boxall, is essentially a list of 1001 novels, short story collections and other fictional formats chosen and profiled by a number of international literary critics. Although by no means a definitive compilation, it aims to be a guide for avid readers of fiction, as it has long been for John. And soon, with the release of the 1001 Books App, this reading list will be just a few taps away, along with such features as book information links and personalized statistics. As a lifelong book lover, I spend a ridiculous amount of time browsing the classics and general fiction shelves of my favorite bookstore. Often I see an interesting title and immediately wonder whether it’s included in the “1001 Books” list. What I tend do is to whip out my iPhone and go through a plain-text copy of the list that I saved in my Notes app. It’s a rather troublesome task, so you can just imagine how delighted I am that a searchable and feature-packed app version of the list is coming soon. And I'm pretty sure that I am joined in my excitement by other book-loving iPhone users as well. The 1001 Books App launches in the App Store on Feb. 29.