Classics book reader is out!

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by spyker3292, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2005
  2. WickedFall macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008
    Definitely a great looking UI. Would you recommend this over Stanza though?
  3. spyker3292 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2005
    Yup! It doesn't have as many books, but it just works great. I deleted Stanza after using this for a while :D.
  4. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Not showing up on my AppStore. How does one add books anyway?
  5. razorianfly macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
  6. yoppie macrumors 6502a

    Oct 19, 2007
    Nice looking app but I think I'll be sticking with Stanza. I want to read the books on my own list, not someone else's.
  7. mikeinternet macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2006
    Oaklnad, CA
    i still can't give up real books. i think stanza works good enough to read a book on it. i just can't get use to it.
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Looks nice, but I prefer eReader which is free.
  9. Rojo macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
    Looks great, and I'm tempted to buy it on looks alone. But then I have no interest in reading any of those books again in the near future. (Well maybe Time Machine -- that was always a favorite of mine. But I have a growing list of other stuff I want to read first...)
  10. rented mule macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2006
    If Ryu and the boyz are serious and add 12 books every two months or so and if they don't raise the price too much, then this app could become great. I don't mind reading books "on someone else's list" as long as there is a steady inflow of these books so that there's at least one or two that might be worth reading every now and then.
  11. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

    Dec 17, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I know this has been mentioned, but I really hope the developers think about this.

    I would buy this app in an INSTANT, if you could read your own books instead of a gimped mini-subset of Project Gutenburg books. The interface looks great, but it's like buying a wonderful music app that only plays 10 albums.
  12. askthedust macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2003
    just finished the first chapter of time machine. app is easy to use looks nice and bookmarks when you exit book. wish there were more choices. on the shelf stuff isn't bad but would be nice to get some more obscure reading like HS Keeler or Purdy or Fante. But it is called classics afterall....
  13. rented mule macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2006
    The problem is that there isn't an easy way to format books the way they are presented in Classics.

    Classics distinguishes itself from the competition on look and feel. Allow it to read any ol' eBook and you've destroyed the important distinction.

    However, the authors/developers of Classic should allow people to contribute to the project. People should be allowed to take any public domain book and create a Classics' format book which would then be included in Classics on next update. Certain guidelines would have to be followed and some kind of peer review system would have to be put up to ensure quality.

    Of course, this would mean that Classics would remain a 3 dollar app because nobody would appreciate the authors hiking the price up and making more money off volunteer effort.
  14. Gort macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2008
    Please add some real classics

    I have started Huckleberry Finn and it is surprisingly easy to read the text in Classics on the iPhone screen. I have Stanza, eReader and some individual books from the app store, but I find Classics has the most pleasing UI. I intend to keep them all on my iPhone to have the widest possible number of books to read. Since this app is called "Classics", I would like to see some real classics such as "The March of the 10,000" by Xenophon and "The Peloponnesian War" by Thucydides. These are available through some of the other readers or individually, but I think they would be much easier to read in Classics.
  15. pomus macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2007
    Nice e-reader, but....

    I'm going to hold on from buying Classics, until I see the catalog grow. The current books don't tickle my fancy and I'm skeptical to see which books will come in the updates considering the fact that the developer has to work on these books for the eye candy. This I presume because of the file size.

    I'ts not like Stanza, where you could have a huge online catalog and where you could import your own e-books. Don't get me wrong, it looks amazing, but it still lacks easy access to other books.

    That's why I'm sticking with Stanza. You could edit the bg and text color to mimick that of paper and ink, you get an amazing online catalog, you can import your own books, and you get a nifty cover flow view to look for your books (ooooh).:D

    This app shows promise, but I will hold on until I see how the catalog will expand.
  16. ThatWasAwkward macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2006
    I don't get it, are the developers paying MacRumors to keep advertising this application? It has a set library that you can't add anything to, meaning you're basically dependent on the developer's whims. With Stanza -- which is free -- you can read any ebook you want.
  17. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    It's not an application really. It's a fixed set of custom formatted books, and a nice way to display them. So don't compare it to other reader apps.

  18. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    MacRumors gets a commission for each sell, nothing else.

    EDIT: I was wrong. MacRumors gets nothing. Sorry about that.
  19. pomus macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2007

    That's a bummer. I figured that they had a great concept with the bookshelf, and figured that it would have been amazing it would indeed have accessibility to online catalogs like other reader apps :( . That's a shame. I'll stick to Stanza them.
  20. kbsbeme macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2008
    How many ways can publishers deliver Project Gutenberg content?

    While it's great to have access to classic literature, enough is enough. Flooding the iTunes bookstore with the same old material obscures the original content that readers can enjoy through a couple different iPhone/iPod eReaders.

    I'm a publisher ( ) of original short fiction by active, award-winning writers. We chose the AppEngines eReader concept to publish our stories. Here's why:

    Although we give away one public domain title to introduce readers to pulp fiction, iPulp doesn't draw on Project Gutenberg for our material like Stanza, Classic, and the others. This means we need to pay royalties and protect our intellectual property rights. By packaging each volume as a separate easy-to-use application, AppEngines protects our product better than an eReader that pulls in any old external file that that can be easily pirated.

    Some people complain about the number of icons required to display individual app titles. That is true if you have all your books on your iPhone/iPod. But those icons - your library - should sit on the shelf in iTunes. Think of your iPhone/iPod as your book bag. Do you keep the entire library in your book bag? Simply "check out' the book you are currently reading to your iPhone/iPod book bag and remove it when you're done.

    The high resolution iPhone/iPod screen actually presents remarkably clear type and reading is rather enjoyable. I am on the iPod/iPhone now to be in a better position when these apps can be delivered to the larger touch-screen mobile devices that are on the horizon.

    UPDATE: The point I wanted to make is that the iPhone/iPod, or their successor, will never become a reading platform, no matter how fancy the reader if people don't buy original content. Sadly, when Steve Jobs looks at the book sale stats and sees how small a percentage of iPhone/iPod owners download the free books, much less purchase original works, he will still have the opinion that people don't read anymore.
  21. spyker3292 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2005
    Soo...... I say that advertisements gets deleted :|.
  22. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001

    We don't get a commission.

  23. needthephone macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2006
    Looks good but books are too limited. I never wanted to read them before and still don't want to read them now. Call me a philistine.

    Apple should get into this in big way and offer books from itunes some free some not.

    WE want REAL choice.
  24. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    Hey! This isn't really an ebook reader--it's a collection of ebooks with an included reader.

    The title of this thread should probably be clear on this because it's easy to get the wrong idea (I know I did, at first).
  25. pomus macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2007
    I don't think people are complaining about having to pay for books. I believe that someone should actually make an "ereader-ish" app that could provide a catalog in which you could purchase individual books within the app the same way that you would buy books in the app store.

    Think of the "iPod" icon on the Touch or iPhone. Your library of music, tv shows, movies, and podcasts are contained within this app. I would appreciate if I could store a "library of books" within an app.

    Actually, this is where it gets messy and cumbersome. This method is not convenient to the end user. That is why you don't have individual icons for every movie or song that you carry on your iPhone. It is just too messy, as we have seen on the app store. First, the books where dumped on the "Education" category, and then they had to create a book category to hold that mess. Now, I feel like the app store needs subcategories within the "Books" category in order to be able to find anything at all. Again, this category and subcategory could then be established in a seperate app which could store such "books".

    Also, this creates consistency between different books in UIs; guidelines (like in real books)if you will, which the end user benefits in the end.

    I totally agree with you on this one. It is rather enjoyable to read on an iPhone/Touch, which is why an app with a better catalog access(doesn't have to be free i.e. Guttenberg :rolleyes:) and ease of use is in need. Think of a fusion between the "music" store app combined with the "ipod" app, but for books. Now that would sell like hotcakes.:cool: .

    I have to disagree with you on this one. For example, my wife today took my iPhone because she "needed" it more than me today (excuses :rolleyes: ) I missed reading "1984" today more than when I used to miss my iPod for the music. That means that, at least to me, the iPhone/Touch, is already a great reading platform. That is why there needs to be an app that could make "original works" available in a way more accessible app, other than to have to dig in the "books" section in the "app store" for a book that is buried within all that clutter.

    My two cents :) .

Share This Page