September 6, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Android Book Club (ABC) is a new app in the Market that still is relatively unknown, and it’s designed to help you discover the book you want to read next. The application approaches this task by letting you browse the various New York Times Best Sellers lists and then show information from Amazon when you tap on a title.
The red, white and black interface is clean and simplistic, and you’re greeted by four huge buttons when you start the app: Starred, History, Lists and Barcode. As the buttons suggest, favorite items can be starred and you may browse your history of viewed books and scan barcodes. There’s also a search feature that lets you search Amazon for any novel and so far I’ve gotten results for all my queries.
The List option will take you to various New York Time Best Sellers lists to inspire you to find that book you just got to read. When you open an item, whether it’s in a best sellers list or a book you’ve searched for or scanned, the app will grab details from Amazon and display them in a way that’s similar to the official IMDb app. The book’s cover is showed, as well as the rating, a plot summary and the original title. You may also read reviews, browse similar items and share the book via Android’s default Share screen. If you want to read more about the book, there are direct links to Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
ABC is a low-key app that works as advertised and is done by the book (pun intended), and I’m somewhat surprised that it doesn’t have more downloads in the Market. It can be a handy complement to the Kindle for Android app, and if you’re into reading books I think you should give it a try.
- Lets you browse New York Times Best Sellers lists
- Clean interface and easy-to-use
- Shows book info from Amazon
- Browsing best sellers isn’t necessarily a good way to find great novels
App: Android Book Club (ABC)