Reading redefined: New iPhone, iPod touch app debuts that reads like a real book

“Classics,” a new software reading platform for a growing collection of literary masterpieces, is now available on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.

“My partner Andrew Kaz and I actually began working on this app after we had toyed around with my Kindle,” says co-creator Phill Ryu. “We thought this [was a] flawed reading experience and we knew we could easily top that on the iPhone platform.”

The application features a slick interface, showcasing animated page turns that realistically respond to the user’s touch, visual bookmarks, and a fully realized bookcase for your collection.

The initial collection includes a dozen classic works, including “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, “Hound of the Baskervilles”, “Flatland”, and “Robinson Crusoe”. Additional books will be added over time via free software updates.

Classics is available for US$2.99 from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.

More information, and an animated example of how the app works here.

28 Comments

  1. good stuff. but shouldn’t the app be free and the books cost money? will apple allow that? if not, they should. hell they should just buy these guys and start a new ebook division for itunes. small, but present.

  2. this is just a fancy UI.

    on my jailbroken first edition iPod touch, I have the Books app, v 1.5, and while not sexy, it’s quite functional. I guess a new version is called BookShelf on the App Store.
    http://www.iphonebookshelf.com/

    Reading Ben Franklin’s auto biography, for example, is one long scrolling chapter that will go landscape. Also, it has some nice on screen commands: bigger/smaller text, white text on black, and up, down forward, back, and a scrubber. Plus, even more controls in the preferences.

    Here’s to reading!

  3. Ok, so a question… can you put documents into this to use it as a reader for anything. Or will it only show the books in the constructed library. We have a lot of manuals (in pdf) and what not for study purposes and we want them on a reader.

  4. “…showcasing animated page turns…”

    I have a client I do magazine page layout for every month, and part of the project includes suppling a digital version of their publication that they post online for visitors to download.

    They’ve seen other digital magazines online with page turning effects and fallen in love with it. They’ve been after me for some time to incorporate it into their product. However, the trouble is, it isn’t doable in a PDF and they don’t want a Zinio type of online-only digital mag because it would incur ongoing monthly costs.

    For the life of me, I can not understand what the appeal of this effect is Why does anyone want to see this? From a programming standpoint, why did anyone even bother with it to begin with?

    I can only think it was done as some sort of a developer’s joke to make fun of the techno-illiterate to whom it would most likely appeal to. The very concept is just flat out too stupid for words.

    What to see pages flip? Pick up and read a real book or magazine, for cryin’ out loud.

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