Not a user friendly app 2/5
I do or enjoy my experience with this app while reading my books. I also do not appreciate having no say in the use of it since the publisher I buy my books from does not give me a choice whether I use it or not.
These are a couple of the reasons I do not like this app, it does not show the pages as it shows only a percentage, to change the lightening the reader has to go to settings and not simply swipe the screen, moreover jumping from one part of the book is not easy, moreover it seems more interested in counting the words you read as if we are still in school and congratulating you on your achievement!!!
Worst reading app I have 1/5
By I'm franky ocean
I am forced to use this by Harlequin. It is hard to get it to turn the page on my iPad. It has these reading goals I can’t seem to turn off.
Terrible app 1/5
Harlequin decided to use this app with their books I can’t even see my ebooks I have purchased through harlequin. I have over 1000 ebooks and can only see about 50 books on the app. I have tried to get help from harlequin but have not had any success with their solutions. Very disappointed from harlequin for using this app. The overdrive was a lot better.
Horrible Customer Service 2/5
I recently got this app and was thrilled to use it. Then I noticed that upon finishing a book it wasn’t being marked as “Read”. I contacted customer service and was accused of paging through the book and not really reading it. I let it go the first time.
The second time it happened I checked their website and noticed that the book was marked at 99% on the iPhone app but at 87% on their website. So I reach out to their customer service again. And once again instead of resolving the issue, I am accused of not reading the book, just paging through it.
Why the hell would I buy a book to just page through it?! What sense does this make? There is an obvious issue with their iPhone app that is causing this to happen. Fix it and stop insulting your customers. This is not good business BookShout.
Constantly looses downloaded book! 1/5
I download the book on to my iPhone while in WiFi but once out of Internet range this app looses the download 2/3 of the time. Very Frustrating!
And now with the new update it even looses the downloaded book while home with WiFi!
These bugs really must get fixed.
I bought my books from Harlequin and have begged them to give me a simple standard downloadable format to read on an app that simply works.
But BookShout is the only way to read their books on my cell.
I’m hoping BookShout fixes these bugs soon or I won’t be buying anymore books from Harlequin...
Another fascinating story. 5/5
I’ve read quite a few of Jenny’s books and loved them all but this book got interesting fast. It all started with the death of Mrs Manse and the way her family dealt with Polly and the bakery. Everybody suffers loss in this story: Reuben and Karensa, Polly and Huckle, Neil and Polly. Even Selina, Tarnie’s widow, suffers loss. But as always love and friendship endures and strong bonds are restored. I couldn’t put it down.
Reading part is great but their bucks are useless 3/5
The reading part is great but the teaser of bucks that you can use to buy books is a ripoff. The screen says they’re available but you can’t put even a penny towards the purchase because it’s “too much.”
I like the app 4/5
I like the app. I used the app because my movie theater offered me a free ebook that I could only read only read on book shout. There are fewer setting for text styles but I really like the stars h
Login through wsj does not work 1/5
Downloaded the app after downloading a book through wsj+, but was left with a blank page after logging in through email and selecting wsj
Compares poorly to other ereader apps 2/5
I’ve been using this app about four months. WSJ offers me a free book monthly provided thru the BookShout platform.
The app seems not to work offline. Wants me to login, but can’t bring up a login screen when disconnected. While my books are downloaded, no way to access them.
Frequently updated, but seems not to work until the update is applied. That is, I’m sitting in a car or waiting room, offline and try to run the app. It says an update is needed, but won’t run the existing version.
Includes many “social media crap” features, which I have zero interest in.
I’ve used Kindle app for years, and Libby for months. Both are pleasurable to use. BookShout just leaves me sad and frustrated.
No organization 1/5
I find this hard to keep track of what I am reading when I order a number of books. If I close down my iPad, I can’t sign in through t he app, but have go through harlequin and then have to sign in twice. I can not put books in an order that I w oiled like, nor can I put series together. I am totally frustrated with this and wish I could go back to what I had before.
I absolutely hate this app. At times, it is so difficult to use—unable to access books I have purchased or even get the app to open. Cannot tell what page you are on, the time, or the amount of battery your device has left. I am still trying to figure out what Harlequin sees in this app. I am just about to cancel Harlequin altogether. So frustrating.
What I dislike about this app 3/5
I dislike only a few things about this app: 1) screen doesn’t timeout with inactivity (like every other app I use!) so if I walk away from the device without manually closing the screen, I may come back to drained power.; 2) I want a clock on the screen with my book. I love to read, so it’s easy for me to lose track of time. The only way I can check the time is to switch to some other app or close the book I’m reading to see the clock in the app ... a small thing, but annoying. 3) I want to turn off the reading competition features - I’m not a child and don’t need to be incentivized to read
Book order 2/5
I wish there was an opportunity to sort and organize the books. Harlequin loaded my entire history, read and in read. I have years of books through them.
It would be a great improvement to be able to mark books as read and/or place read books in separate file.
Worthless. DO NOT download 1/5
I just downloaded the app and tried to sign in or creat an account. The app stops at the create page and simply returns to the sign-in page. I have now deleted it. I recommend people go with Kindle. I have never had a problem with that app.
Why in the world did harlequin change to this app? Drains battery and will not allow the iPad to “ go to sleep” if the app is open. I hate it.
This is a terrible app! 1/5
It frequently will not open, does not synch well between devices is NOT easy to use and maneuver, and I have no need for “It” to tell me I am meeting goals “It” set for me. That it is free still makes it no bargain!
Worst book app ever 1/5
Downloaded, signed up and now it won’t let me sign in. Locked on its intro page with ‘Hi’. Don’t understand Harlequin endorsing this.
Freezes - can’t login 1/5
Every morning I have to delete the app from my iPad and download it. Every morning! That’s the only way I can read my books and it’s getting old fast.
Freezes up! 1/5
So it’s still freezing! IM NOT HAPPY! PLEASE FIX TIS,
Can’t open 1/5
Signed up for program and downloaded app! Won’t let me sign or login. So how do I get to the program?
Buggy app 2/5
Won’t let me create an account. Create an account screen bounces up and down. Have to log in 2 or 3 times from another app to get to the book I want to read. Not much customization to make the screens easier to read. Forced into this because my ebook provider switched over to this platform. It’s like going backwards 20 years in technology. And I’m using an iPad. Not a knockoff!
New to BookShout 3/5
So far it’s ok. Just getting accustomed to it.
Does not work on my Kindle he. Very upset. Paid 3 months and can’t read on my kindle. Have many old book loved old way
Limited, useless app 1/5
This is a useless app. It does not support Windows OS so can not use on 90% of computers. Unless you want to read thru browser, which does not allow downloads. It is limited to only a few e-readers, so if you do not have that e-reader, too bad. It also does not allow loading side content. Unfortunately, Harlequin made the bone-headed decision to only allow access of its ebooks thru this app, so goodbye Harlequin.
Just Okay 2/5
I struggled with syncing my reading across a couple devices. The app doesn’t always take you to the last spot read on your previous device. Because of the issue I have maintained all my reading on one device. It’s a big inconvenience when you are used to Kindle, for example.
Keeps not letting me log in 1/5
This app is great when it works but around 50% of the time it doesn’t open and doesn’t respond when I put my finger on login button. Very frustrating as then I can’t read my book. Mysteriously the next day opens right to where I left off. Major bug and I don’t recommend versus apple or kindle readers.
OK when it doesn’t freeze. 1/5
By ricardo cournot
Two problems: it freezes about one out of every third time I use it and I have to delete it and download it again. Also if you inadvertently touch the screen it shows you a definition of the word you touched, which is OK except there is no way to get the definition to go away.
Software just doesn’t work 1/5
By East coast playa
This app is VERY frustrating! Often, when I’m traveling, I find the app doesn’t work. I can’t log on and get to my stored books. It is infuriating when this is one’s only source of material. Also, they give you s bit of coin for reading x amount of words-which is nice-but where do you go to see how much you’ve got in total? I’ve been on their website and all you can see are the charges for any book you might buy but nothing to tell you what credits you’ve got in the bank!
Locks you out 5/5
This is the second time that I have started a book on this app and once again I am locked out. I tried logging in, but hitting the log-in button does absolutely nothing.
Horrible app 1/5
I was forced to use this app thanks to Harlequin. Now all my books are out of order and it’s such a pain to navigate. Their search features are limited and look awful. I’m not sure if they ever designed the app with a true reader in mind. I hope you all downloaded your books before the switch happened so you will never be forced to use this app.
Does not sync 2/5
While I was able to read a book, switching between my iPhone and iPad was annoying. I could not pick up from where I left off on the other device. If the iPad is home and I’m out somewhere,I have to flip through pages until I recognise where I last read.
I also hate to keep logging in when starting the app. I found that if I kill the app and start it again it would not ask for my credentials.
Not bad 5/5
Nice app. Keeps track of reading, has a bunch of neat reading features and looks nice.
Good book and great app to read on
Most customizable reassign experience 5/5
I’ve tried many ebook competitors and none have compared to the flexibility that BookShout offers. I am extremely dyslexic but with the OpenDyslexic font option I’ve increased my reading spending from 145 to 170. I couldn’t recommend it enough!
By Reader in NH
Nice books but there are no instructions. Impossible to navigate around the app. Very frustrating. I deleted it.
Hard to navigate 1/5
I can’t get to my books. I get ads and sent to publisher sites. I just want to open my saved book and read.
Doesn’t work 1/5
Useless when I tried to download a WSJ free book.
Can’t even sign up 1/5
So many bugs I can’t even sign up for an account.
Little flaws 3/5
The functionality of the app is pretty good and it does sync between devices silently. The one fault I have with it is that it stays up even when idle for a long time so it will then consume power unnecessarily rather than timing out and allowing the screen to go dark. As far as I can tell, this is not adjustable.
Hey developers, fix that and you've got a 5 star app.
Error 422 1/5
By error 422
Does not let me set up account, after multiple tries
Was supposed to get a free eBook 1/5
I was supposed to get a free eBook from a partnership they have with the Wall Street Journal. Every time I tap on the link in my email to start reading the book, the app opens and shows “failed.” Then the app crashes. I’ve gone back into the app and see no book in my library. If you’re redeeming the WSJ+ offer, keep in mind that the app may not work.
The app won’t let me open my book at all.
Love the App 5/5
Really happy with the new look and feel since the latest update! Easy to navigate and use!
Variation of a theme 3/5
Had a login issue and now the app is working. Overall, not bad. Will see how it goes compared to similar apps.
Thumbs down 1/5
I downloaded this in order to take advantage of a offer through which I could get a free book. I found that whatever books I download are essentially locked within the app, so that I can't save a copy of the book to put on my other e-book reader. There's no way I would spend money to buy a book on BookShout, if I can't save a copy. I also don't much care for all the statistics and time-tracking either (for one thing, they're distracting), but there is no option that I can find to shut them off. I just want to read for enjoyment and relaxation and I don't want to make a contest out of it. (edit) To make a long story short, I'll look elsewhere for e-books, not BookShout.
This app does not work. Avoid.
This app will not let me establish an account or logon. It keeps giving me error messages with no clues on how to fix a problem.
Crashes on TOC 1/5
Looks really nice, but somehow jumped to the end of the book and I don't see a way to navigate to where I was short of just flipping through all the pages as bringing up the TOC causes it to crash after about 6 seconds.
But sure, it wad a lovely app for about 3 pages.