If you want to use the app you have to pay even though in the App Store it says its free. It’s not!!!
The best study resource 5/5
I cannot recommend this app enough! Spark notes is extremely helpful for when it's 11 PM and you need to know certain information, if you need to prep for a test, or if you're just having a hard time identifying something within the text. The subscription is defiantly worth it.
A mediocre app for a price 2/5
My school work is important, this is like buying textbooks again; I can't do this. I would rather go on the web to see the same thing that's on this app FOR FREE.
The site is free, why can't the app be? 1/5
By Common Highschooler
I love spark notes and was happy when I saw a banner saying they have an app. I use the mobile site and it works quite well and doesn't cost money. Being the logical human I am I thought: "Oh it is basically going to be a smoother version of the website!" But it turns out you need a membership to use the app. It's pretty cheap, but not worth a penny because the mobile site exists as well, and doesn't have any big problems.
The app is terrible 1/5
I saw this app and I knew that this is the same thing I used on my computer and I got really excited because I needed to write a paper and this WEBSITE has helped me before but once I downloaded the app they told me to get a membership. I thought this was just for something extra I can do but it turns out I can't do anything without the membership. I am really disappointed in the app. But the website is great, I recommend the website because it is free. The only thing is that it makes my computer lag a little bit but other than that it is great.
A Membership is Ridiculous 1/5
I downloaded the app as an alternative for using the website but i needed java plug ins and my iphone cant do that. Soon as i saw the subscription payment, i thought this was wack. It doesnt make sense. Make the website free but not the app??? And i was only just going to use this app once for lang so just thinking about a subscription is really useless in my case.
Paying? For a free site? 1/5
Wow. What a money grab.
Why do you have to pay ?? 1/5
I've used the Sparknotes website before for Anthem by Ayn Rand and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and it's very helpful. But I don't understand why there needs to be a price to an app when we could easily look up the website and use that instead.
I recommend you just use your web browser on your phone to look up Sparknotes rather than buying this app, because the website works just as well and it's free.
Seems ok so far; wish you could select text 4/5
So many negative reviews from people who are angry that they'd have to pay a little bit of money for something they'd like to use. I don't get it. It's not expensive. It's 5 bucks per year for a ton of useful info. Why do people think it's such an outrage that not everything is free? Maybe they are kids who don't have parental permission to buy apps? That might explain it. Or maybe they just think $5 per year really is too much (but that's odd if they paid for an iPhone ...) The negative reviewers don't seem to be complaining about the app' quality; it seems they are mostly just mad that they can't get what they want for free.
Anyway app seems good so far. You can't select text though -- which means you can't look up words, nor copy text, nor take notes by sharing text with another app. I suppose they are trying to protect their content from copying. I would understand that concern, I guess. But whatever the reason, it's still a problem -- that is, it still limits the app's usefulness, even if they had an understandable reason for removing the basic text-selecting function.
it makes you pay 1/5
You have to pay for this once you get it even though the online version is free. Sparknotes is great but only online not as an app. They should have a free choice that is paid by ads like most apps. Stick to the website
I just dont understand , what's the difference between the website and the app , if one can access data through the website for free , why make the app for money ?
Great app 5/5
Helps with homework
Just great app in general
Very nice! 5/5
Excellent app!! These bad reviews are from people who obviously believe everything must be free and those who work to put it together deserve no wage? Amazing. What planet do these free loaders come from? Very fine app!
Waste of time-don't bother 1/5
If you want to charge people for this app, do it upfront or at least let people know. I got it because I thought it would be easier than using the website on my iPhone. Turns out as soon as I downloaded the app they asked me to join for a fee. No thanks! I'll go back to using the website on my iPhone for FREE!
Literally can't do anything unless you have an account with a subscription, just use the website instead
Perfect App!!! 5/5
I am not a big reviewer of apps, but I had to on this one. I was so excited to see SparkNotes in an app, but disappointed to see all the negative reviews. But the negative reviews had nothing to do with the actual app, only charging the consumers a fee for the app. Hmmm. I had to check it out for myself, and I encourage consumers to do the same. This is a wonderful app for its easy use and NO ADS!! I will spend a whopping $4.99 after my one month free trial. That is less than the price of a Venti Frappacino at Starbucks, which lasts probably less than 30 minutes to consume. Skip your frap for one time and you would have paid for your app for a year. Priorities people! Even a "starving" student can do that!
Me oh my! Once I saw this in the App Store I got very excited since I needed to understand a book from school that was assigned to me over a month ago that I still had not read a page of. Once I downloaded my spark I noticed something very very Very strange... I needed to buy a subscription!!! Now I don't know about u but I got very mad when I saw this. As the majority of people who use spark notes are kids I cannot believe the developer had the nerve to make it so we had to pay to see our notes. Thoroughly upset. How rude of him
Why the Membership 1/5
By Jerry thw Mouse
The online SparkNotes website is a savior to me. We are going over Romeo & Juliet in my classroom, and the website saves me the trouble of having to dig through the meaning of Shakespeare's writing. I saw that there was an app and i immediately tried to go download it. As soon as i opened the app they asked for you to. Buy a membership and i was not able to use the app. This cod easily be a five star app, if only they would be able to take away the membership status!!
By Owen knows
Design looks flawless. Easy to use. But you crushed my hopes and dreams when I couldn't even use the app without paying! Even ads are acceptable if you went revenue. I'm just heading back to the website until this app improves. Gosh, you let me down. ~Owen, a thoughtful student
Free trial??? 1/5
A free trial? Why? I get you want to make money, but just why? The website is free. So I'll be sticking to that. This is ridiculous. You can't do anything without signing in for a membership.
you have to sign up 1/5
By Great but make a new one
it's a "free trial". it would be much easier if we didn't need to sign up.
Don't get this 1/5
This is the biggest waste of time. It makes you pay for a membership. Biggest rip off out there.
Not good 1/5
I can't even use it without paying for subscription
By Susanna kaysen
Downloaded because the website kept redirecting me to spam pages and this app wouldn't let me look or see anything without signing up for a "free" trial which we all know isn't free in the end. Highly disappointed. I would give this app a negative star rating but that isn't an option.
Great website, Not so great app... 2/5
I use the sparknotes website quite frequently. Mostly, I use it for book reports or to better understand a novel I am reading. I have loved the website and have given it much praise. And, when I found out that there was an app, I was ecstatic. However, when I opened up the app, I was greeted with a pop-up asking me to purchase a "membership" of some sort. Now this is typically not an issue, but, you cannot access anything in the app without this membership. This was quite annoying and a huge hinder to what would be a great app.
Not working for my iPhone 5s with iOS 10 5/5
It's blank on my screen and won't work
Black screen for iphone 6 1/5
iOS 8.3 iPhone 6 black screen
Please optimize for the iPhone 5. I love the app but it could uses a more appealing layout also. Needs an update. The desktop website looks really awesome and it would look great in app form.
By Kirby green
This app is pitch black when I open it. I haven't even seen what is on the app
App Won't Open & Support Email Is Undeliverable 1/5
I've just attempted to download this app. Twice. Each time the app does not open and does not appear in my settings. Following links from the SparkNotes web site I attempted to contact app support for assistance but my email was returned as undeliverable. I will be more than happy to amend my rating if I can get the app to download properly so that it opens and is functional but I'm not sure how that will happen if I am unable to contact SparkNotes for assistance.
iPhone 5 issue?! 2/5
I love this website but I can't use the app for my phone! Please update!!!
Needs to be updated direly. 1/5
When this app was up and working, it was marvelous! But then our iOS updated and this app did not. Now it doesn't work at all. Please update it Sparknotes.... We all love/need you.
Doesn't work 1/5
By Gamer man!!!
Maybe if you got 64 bit support, and upgraded the app to fit the new devices screen. This would be a total 5 star but, it doesn't even launch.
Dosent work 1/5
It doesn't open when I tap it it just goes black and doesn't load 😢😢😢😢
So disappointed 1/5
Just downloaded the app and it only loads a black screen. Tried deleting and reinstalling three times. It won't fix the issue. Pretty bummed because this app looked useful.
Doesnt work on iphone 6 1/5
Yeah, bummer. Just black screen
This doesn't work for me I have An iPhone 5S all the way updated to newest version 1/5
By Stinky sock
This won't work all I get is a black screen it says its compatible with iPhone 4 and up to 6 when you haven't had an update since 2012 like you need to update to make it work!!!
Doesn't work 1/5
This used to be one of my favorite apps, but it no longer loads. I just get a black screen. I think it might just need to be updated. Please fix.
Black screen 1/5
I just got the app,because I don't wanna have to keep going to the website,and I can't even use it. The only thing you can see is a black screen I don't understand why it's like that
Does NOT function whatsoever 1/5
By Chyuckun Matress Eater
This app was indispensable to me. But ever since an iOS upgrade, it serves no function whatsoever-- and Iran that literally. It opens up to a black screen when I start the app, it stays there and can't proceed from there. I've tried restarting my iPod, I've tried deleting and reinstalling the app, but nothing seems to work. Can you please look into this? I am using a 5th Generation iPod Touch with iOS 8.2. Thank you for reading this.
By BP Silly
Hasn't opened in months. It's 2015 and they STILL have it optimized for the iPhone 4.
I think it's time to delete.
I guess I will be sticking to your paper products... 1/5
By Nuclear Dreams
I understand this app is free and I would have paid a couple dollars for it if it worked. Sparknotes is definitely overdue for an update. Apparently it's compatible with the iPhone 6 plus since all I get is a black screen when I go to open the app. Am I missing something?
iPhone 5 and 6 3/5
The app is very helpful, but I think it is time for an update to allow it to properly fit iPhone 5 and 6 screens. If that were to happen, I'd have absolutely no complaints.
Doesn't work 2/5
By Han co-op
I try to open it and all i see is a black screen, update and fix it.
THE APP WOULD NOT LOAD! 2/5
I am using an IPod 5th generation, and after downloading the app wouldn't load, I was just staring at a black screen.
You open the app and the whole thing is black. At least on an iOS 8 device. Disappointing. Good thing there's always safari..
Doesn't work 1/5
I love sparknotes but this app doesn't work at all. When I try to open it, it just shows a black screen with the time at the top. Soo frustrating.
it's 2015 and hasn't been updated since 2012. the screen is adjusted to iphone 4 and won't even load. just stick to using the website
For the love of God, please update the app so its proportionate to iPhone 6 or atleast iOS7 💀
Does not work for iPhone 6 1/5
By Sleek and Fast
Needs an update DESPERATELY. I don't know if this app is compatible with iOS8 yet, but it certainly doesn't work for my iPhone 6. It just shows a black screen no matter how many times I restart the app and redownload it. Please fix!!