For some reason each time I open the app it spends several minutes syncing. Not sure why, it’s not as though I’m adding loads of data.
Also, when I’m using the timer while reading and I pause it to go grab a drink or throw my clothes from the washer to the dryer, I’ll come back and open my phone to restart only to find that HOURS have appeared on the timer. And it can’t be edited so I lose the whole session and have to start over, which throws off my numbers.
Exactly what I wanted 5/5
This app is great. Easy to use and with lots of good unexpected features... my favorite is that there’s and easy option for tracking books you’ve lent out.
One of my favorite apps! 5/5
I’m absolutely obsessed with this app. I’m a librarian and avid reader, but lately I’ve found that I been drawn to watching tv rather than reading books in my spare time. However, since downloading this app, I’ve made sure to read at least a little bit every day in order to keep up with my monthly goal and reading streaks. I also love infographics in general, and the ones created by Bookout are so fun!
(Also, this little blue Bookout mascot is adorable).
Love this app 5/5
I use this app every time I read. My only thing is every time my phone rings, it doesn’t pause so it ends up still counting while I’m reading. Also would be cool if there was more challenges like how many books you want to read in a year or month, not just hours. Also I can’t edit. Accidentally put a page number that I was not on and now I can’t edit it. But otherwise I love it. I didn’t realize how many hours of the day I actually stop and start reading. Seems like I’m reading for hours but after pausing and starting so much I don’t actually read as much as I thought I do.
My most used app 5/5
I use this app everyday and it is the sole reason I’ve increased my daily reading time. Interface is great, stats are super useful. Highly recommended.
Five Stars! 5/5
I 100% recommend this app to anyone and everyone who is looking for a fun to start reading! I already love reading, but to get this app and then track my progress and reading habits is so helpful. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s a gentle push to start reading for those of you who don’t enjoy reading as much as others. It’s great when reading a school book, it can even make reading your boring kinda history book fun. It’s tools and achievements to help you start reading are well thought out and fun, I am totally paying for the complete full version, it’s full worth it! But even the free version is just as useful.
Disappointed customer service 2/5
I love the idea, and the app until I contacted with their customer service for my losing sync data.
I purchased the Bookout Pro, which included the sync data. However, I was not able to re-sync the data in my new iPhone. I contacted the support team five times, they barely email me back about a solution!!!! Finally, they email me back that “they will try to find a solution”... unbelievable...very disappointed
Why I love Bookout 5/5
By bald book reader
I like Bookout because it helps me keep track of my reading. Over the summer I stopped reading as much as I usually would and a friend suggested Bookout.
Great app, iPad version would be even better. 4/5
I recently began using Bookout to track some rather dense material I needed to get through and so wanted motivation to do it. I like the layout, concept, and color scheme and look forward to using it as it develops over time. The quotes and thoughts sections could be refined a little to be less clunky (I’ve had crashes after adding multi-line quotes) and the timer buttons while the timer is active would look a lot prettier with just a little bit of brushing up but these are things that will likely improve over time and development. It would be nice to see an iPad version though, as I do most of my reading on my iPad and right now I’m using the 2x zoom version of the iPhone app on it and it’s just not pretty. All in all, a cool, reading stats designated app to get a lifetime unlock for six dollars and I really look forward to seeing it evolve.
Doesn’t feel complete - may be good for kids 2/5
This app doesn’t really work for me. I wants to measure everything in time - pages or percentages and reading goals. I don’t measure by time. I don’t plan a goal of reading X minutes a day or month, but those are my only options.
It also doesn’t really allow me update my percentage read without attaching a time, so now it looks like I’ve read 100 pages in 3 seconds. I’m fast - I’m not that fast.
One of the books I’m reading now is old, so it couldn’t find a cover image and there’s just a big white box instead of a cover, which doesn’t look good. It was able to pull the other info on the book, so I don’t know why there’s no cover image.
It lets you add quotes by taking a picture of the text, but I also read a lot of audio books, so that feature doesn’t work for me. I’ll have to try it with my Kindle.
I feel like this might be a good app for young kids and parents who want to track minutes read per day, but this isn’t the app for me. I’ll stick with Goodreads for now.
Loved this app before this past update 5/5
Update: I now give this app 5 stars, why? Because the developers actually listen to their customers, even if it’s negative. I even ended up purchasing the pro version because I am one that believes in supporting developers/businesses that try their best to accommodate and listen. The one thing I wish was possible would be to have more control over reading sessions. For example, occasionally I accidentally end a reading session when I mean to hit pause and unfortunately there’s no way (that I know of) to combine or edit that reading session. I’m excited to see this app grow and look forward to future updates!
This was a fantastic app for tracking your reading, but unfortunately the developers have basically made it so you need to buy the $6.99 “pro-version” so that an ad does not automatically stop your timer. Such a bummer, I really loved this app. If they implement an update to take away this newly added ad issue I would be happy to give it a much higher rating, but unfortunately this new update will deter me from using this app at all.
Response to feedback: That was very kind of you to respond. I really do love your app. I am just disappointed I updated it. My timer completely stopped with the ad. I read for about 45 minutes and when I looked at the timer after closing the ad it was on one minute and some seconds.
Need a way to edit previous sessions 3/5
Also, “adding a reading session” after the fact doesn’t show up the same way a “continue reading” does.
One more thing please! 5/5
I love this app.. I did not hesitate to pay for the app after reading te features. It is simple, organized and to the point.
Just a couple more things and it will be my perfect reading companion..
- please add a feature to allow for rereading a book. I read a lot of growth books and sometimes after a year or so I like to read the book again to reflect on it. Currently I see no option to add additional reading sessions after a book has been completed..
- while I commute I get through a lot of audiobooks.. please consider adding a “listening” feature for audiobooks.
Thank you for such a great app and I hope you continue to make it better.
If you love books and want to see your reading habits and manage your reading goals, then look no further. Bookout is for you!
Good App 3/5
A friend recommended this app and so far it has been easy to use. It has a simple design and I really enjoy the personal stats it gives me.
An improvement would be the ability to search for a book by ISBN. Not just scan the ISBN of a physical copy - sometimes you don’t always have one of those.
By Cool piol
I love this application! There are some important improvements that could be fixed though. I noticed that sometimes I’ll turn the timer on for reading and when I unlock my phone and go to enter the page number, the timer moved 4 seconds. So then my entire time reading wasn’t recorded. If you could fix that, I’d really appreciate it! Thanks!
Not honest 1/5
So after spending a good 10-15 minutes trying to catalogue the books I plan to read, I get to book 10 and I am hit with the make a purchase to continue being able to upload a book. It was a complete waste of time that could have been saved if they were honest. They(purposely) left out this information in the hopes that they could rope in some poor soul who thought they were getting a decent app.
Good for staying on track 5/5
Trying to stay on track w your reading? This app does it. It reminds, Times and sets you up for success if you have a goal
Of 5 or 50 books.
I love it, but... 4/5
I absolutely love this app. The only thing I wish is that you could put notes about your reading sessions, like “read with distractions” or just able to add your own notes about the session.
It stinks 1/5
By B ldjdjdndb
It really stinks it is just a timer that gives you achievements.
Good but Bad 2/5
I love the concept of this ad, but the insane amount of ads placed in the free version is over the top and made me so resentful that I will not be buying the pro version. Also you cannot begin using the app without being prompted to rate or explore the wonderful features the pro version has to offer. If I could get to know the app a bit on its own without being distracted by ads, then maybe I would consider it. I liked everything about the functionality though - page counting, timing, keeping me accountable for reading - but the execution is annoying. Deleted the app altogether.
Great for school reading log! 4/5
My daughter loves the app and uses it to keep track of her weekly reading log for school. Is there a way to have multiple accounts? My sons would like to use it too.
Great for individual use! 5/5
It’s great for my personal reading log! I would love to see a classroom friendly version in the future
2 stars for price of app
The rest is ok. Nice for quotes and stats.
First time I took a photo of words it was all messed up and I had to type it again.
Bugs with pause and resume. Just starts on it’s own.
Just what I’ve been looking for 4/5
Almost. I love the UI of this app. The statistics are not something I would need, but have found them to be a nice addition.
The only Major drawback to the app for me has been the app tracking pages. This doesn’t work for ebooks, and I just prefer to read by chapters. I was able to get around it though by changing the book page count to chapter count. Unfortunately that meant deleting the books and starting over, but it at least made the app usable and why I still give the app five stars. Hopefully this doesn’t cause problems for others using the database. An option to switch between tracking by page or chapter would be ideal.
Almost perfecf 4/5
This app is almost perfect as a library manager (the tracker is perfect for my needs). The app would be perfect if it 1. Exported your library to a .csv 2) could syn quotes/thoughts with Evernote and 3) could set reminders on lent books. Despite not having those features, I love this app. Add those, and it is a perfect app for every bibliophile.
Awesome app! 4/5
Very easy to scan the ISBN to capture the book. Many don’t pull up cover pics but it’s very easy to simply take a photo of the cover! Love the Pro features...all the stats and goals!
Wish I was able to review the list of read and unread book separately. As a matter of fact, I’d like the option to display books as a list rather than the default carousel of pics. I only access a list when I hit the search icon (with read and unread listed together). Combining this app with some features from BooksWing would create the PERFECT book app in my opinion!!
Great app 4/5
I was hesitant with this app because I didn’t think I needed another Goodreads. But this is completely different, with the added feature of the stopwatch. Love it!
My only complaint is, I wish there was an account or login that you could create and use. I switch between having my phone or iPad with me when I’m reading, and I want to be able to have the same information about my reading on both devices.
Interesting idea, but needs work 3/5
This app is just ok, even the pro (paid) version. There are a few problems with it. First, the data that it shows in the app is wrong. I’ve contacted support about it. Given that is one of the core features, it should be fixed. Also the ability to find book covers is lacking. I added a few books by isbn and it pulled the title and author but not the cover. Finally, it should allow you to save an image of a quote as well as the OCRed version side by side. You shouldn’t have to choose one or the other.
Updated 12/29/17: Further thoughts for developers after using it for a few more days...
1. The page count should not include index, sales pages, acknowledgements, or other random pages at the end of the books.
2. There needs to be a way to see a list of all my books, not just a flipping view like old school iTunes.
3. I’m still not seeing 50% of covers. At least instead of “Image not found” could you put the name of the book?
4. Categories of books would be nice: business, pleasure, etc.
5. Ability to export the lists of books as well as the complete set of notes and quotes for each book is essential.
6. There is no way to cancel a reading session started by mistake.
7. Finally, overall for me this app is not just about the data. I like the quotes and notes part a lot. The app should allow tagging the quotes and notes by chapter, time stamping them (not just date), searching of notes and quotes, and side by side image and text as mentioned above.
Fix these issues and add these features and you’ll have a great app for avid readers.
Love this app. Would like to see the ability to connect with Goodreads!
Great app 5/5
I love this app! The only change I would make is how the books are stored. I wish there was a separate place for currently reading and books you have finished, because once you get a lot of books in the app I imagine it will be bothersome to scroll through them all to get to the one you are reading. Other than that, the app is awesome. I love the info graphs you get when you finish a book. I definitely recommend it!
This app is amazing. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a book app. The reason I gave 3.5/5 instead of 5/5 is the price. I don’t really know why it is priced at $7. $5? Maybe. $3? Definitely. But $7???? Seems kinda overpriced to me. Still deciding on whether I should go pro or not.
Also, I have noticed that some of the infographics are incorrect. For example, I read one book over 2 days. The first day I read 33 pages and the second day I read 300+ pages. However, the info graphic says that the most I read in one day was 33 pages. This is obviously incorrect. My rating is down to a 3/5
Nice app 3/5
Works as expected except that annoying ad which took FOREVER. I HAD to interact with the ad for a couple minutes. Can’t skip. Had to interact.
Great app but... 3/5
I have long been looking for an app to not only track my books but also help motivate me to read by tracking my reading statistics. This book does both effectively.
My one gripe at this point is that when entering a new “thought”, I will sometimes click outside the text area which automatically closes the window. This is really frustrating as I have to retype all my thoughts. There is an “X” to close the window so it would be great to make tapping the “X” the only way to close the window. I will bump the app up to 4 stars once this issue is addressed. It is a major inconvenience as I add lots of quotes and thoughts.
Please consider my criticism’s and changes 4/5
1. I LOVE your app the only criticism is that when you add a picture of the cover of the book I really wish you would be able to crop that picture. 2. Also please make an iPad version it is very annoying that I have to download the iPhone version on my iPad because when I go to log in how many pages I have read, the keyboard covers up the button that says save changes
PS please add those changes in your update soon
By Winston Zedmore
Timing reading sessions does help me read more. But the app isn’t great. It’s hard to make changes once data is entered. “Goals” are not tracked accurately. I’m going to look for an alternative.
Great app 5/5
Great app, there’s only one issue I’ve had so far. I wish books read in the past counted toward your stats, pages read etc.
I really really love this app!! 5/5
I love this app, I played around with it for a bit then paid for pro and don’t regret it one bit. To the developer(s): pleeeeaaase consider making an option to export reading progress to excel. My biggest fear is losing all the progress I log, or being unable to share it. If you added that feature your app would be perfect!!
Thanks so much!
Syncing?! Please! 3/5
I love everything in this app except that I can’t sync to goodreads where I have all the books I’ve read. I’d love to put them in there but doing so one by one would take SO long!
User Name 4/5
Can we have a personalized log in?
Also when you buy the app can it be share with your family. I don’t want to pay 6.99 for every device I want to install it and I doesn’t even take my information. Please update that
So I really love this app, but i do have a few complaints. When I turn off my phone while reading I find that the timer stops, which leads to inaccurate timing.
I also see multiple reviews complaining about the 6.99 pro option. I get that you are trying to make more money, but why? It’s kind of annoying to be honest.
Loved it until.. 3/5
I loved this app, but now whenever my phone goes to sleep, it stops the timer. I just went back after reading for 20ish minutes and the timer resumed at 40 seconds. The whole reason I use the app is so I don’t have to keep track of the time I read. Such a bummer.
Loved it until my reading progress was ERASED 1/5
I have downloaded a number of books apps, and really felt that this app was going places. There are some features like Goodreads, such as the book challenges and tracking how far you've read. But what I liked about Bookout was being able to keep track of how long I'd taken to read a book and the average number of pages per session. Those analytics were so helpful and fun.
Unfortunately, it seems like this app can't be trusted to actually log your progress. I finished a book a day ago and not only in input it as 100% read, I marked it as completed. The app even gave me the badge of completion for finishing the book. Imagine my surprise when I opened the app just now and discovered that my last reading session and progress with the book has been completed wiped! It's infuriating and irritating. Furthermore, as someone who paid to unlock features and support the developers, it's disheartening.
The app only counts reading time while in the app. When I start the timer and start reading, when I come back, the time is still at 0:00:00 and THEN starts counting!!! Then I leave again, and when I come back it’s at 0:00:01! Horrible app, a waste of my time and I will delete this app ASAP.
Love this app but... 2/5
I love this app a lot but there is some kind of bug where the timer isn't going while the phone is asleep. I'll start the timer, put down my phone, and pick up my book to read. I'll read a bunch and then pick up my phone to see how long I've been going. Unfortunately, even though the timer is still going, it says I've only been reading one minute. So totally lame. It ruins the rest of the app experience because all the stats are useless. Profoundly disappointed because this app would be so great for me. Not only would I use the app but I would most certainly upgrade to the paid version.
Can't Recommend 1/5
Unfortunately, I can't recommend this app. Earlier this year, I encountered the bug that deleted all of my data, with no way to get it back. This was bad enough, but now, there seems to be another bug: all of my goals have been deleted, including the yearly goal I've been working on since January. For these reasons, and the fact that at least the first one could have been avoided with better testing prior to the update's release, I cannot positively review this app.
Icon changing 5/5
I don’t get it why did you change the icon ?
The previous one was so cute !
Perfect for tracking reading 5/5
Definitely worth the purchase. No longer will I have to write notes inside my pages and with modern technology I always have the notes available. Only complaint is recent update crashes and the app is no longer working. I hope this is temporary.
Excellent app; improvement suggestions 4/5
I love this app. I use it almost every day. There are many things I love, but there is one thing I'd like to comment on:
Thank you for including a countdown timer. It was one of the things I wished this app had. But I have one rather large problem with it. I have no way of knowing when my countdown is complete. Please add an alarm sound so I know my time is up! Otherwise, the countdown timer is useless because I have no way to know I need to stop reading.
latest update keeps crashing my app 1/5
not sure if it’s just me.. but ever since updating the app it’s been crashing on me... it opens then closes right away... help!!
Excellent to improve reading 5/5
Update: Latest update is excelent, love all the new additions.
Best reading app out there. The app design has a lot of personality, and it helps and motivates you to read more daily. It makes reading super fun. Stats, goals, achievements are great and the app works perfectly. If you wanna read more, get this app now