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.
Good reading 3/5
While the reading is good there isn’t enough information on using the App. And it would be helpful to get more information on pages read and position in the book. I feel the number of words isn’t enough.
Not reliable 3/5
By East coast playa
I’ve used this app to read ebooks offered from other sources like WSJ, not a library. I’ve had it for about 6 months. It worked fine for a while but they updated it. Every time they update it, something changes that you can’t get around, e.g. the new opening has a page that asks you to Log In or Join. Sounds simple but the Log In option does nothing and you’re stuck sliding around five pages that offer you nothing but advertising the service. This is frustrating when you’re in the middle of a book!
Problem with app 3/5
Why is the app not opening? Maybe you need to update.
Best eBook Reader 5/5
I can’t say enough about their selection of books. They have an awesome selection in every genre - even free books. The app is so easy to use and is packed with features. I love that I can read on all my devices and customize my reading experience by changing the fonts, font size, line spacing, and more. Absolutely the best reader available!
Moving pages 3/5
For some reason the pages will start running backwards and it is difficult to control the movement. When it is stopped, a listing in the dictionary appears. I enlarge the page and then the word “done” appears in the upper right corner. I press the “done” and the it returns to a page in the book I then return to the page I was last reading.
Keep getting interrupted 1/5
By mz robin
I’m tired of being interrupted when I reading to give a review. So here is my review. It’s too bad I have to be interrupted while reading For a review or yellow stars coming up when I read so much. I’m the type when I read I want to pay attention to what I’m reading and not be bothered by junk.......I’m a big girl and don’t need to be given praise for reading.
WSJ application is terrible 1/5
I’ve tried for three months to access a free book using WSJ+. Book never downloads.
Spartan worthy 4/5
I’m a huge fan of Spartan, and I’ve completed several races. This look back into the early days was very enjoyable.
I appreciate the nutrition advice contained in the book, particularly the common sense approach to nutrition.
My alarm clock will never be the same again!
No time out setting? 3/5
When I read on kindle for ipad, it will turn itself off after a period of activity. This app does not seem to offer that setting, so my battery runs down if i fall asleep reading.
Could be good 3/5
By Eyeless Fish
This app could be good. But, since it’s not accessible with VoiceOver. It’s not good. I can’t recommend it to my Blind friends.
For anyone who desires an adventure 5/5
As a client who has travelled with A&K numerous times, it was fascinating to read about its history. Kudos to Geoffrey Kent for always persevering and believing in the true spirit of those who long for the life changing adventure of a lifetime. I’m traveling with A&K in August - return safari to Kenya & Tanzania—-cannot express how excited I am.
Prevents iPad from auto-sleep 4/5
Love this app, except when I leave the book open on the screen, iPad does not enter sleep mode, but keeps the book open on the screen for hours, draining battery. (I have my iPod set to enter sleep mode after a few minute of no use.)
Books disappear 2/5
This is an unwieldy app. I sign in with the WSJ to get my monthly book. Bookshout on one of my iPads will not allow me to sign out and will not connect to any of my books. I have tried to delete the app and then download it again to no avail.
Also this app is very annoying in sending me my so called reading speed and amount I have read each day without apparently understanding that it is likely that I am also reading on other apps and other material.
Well Done 4/5
By Dr. L.
I love being able to read books using the Spritz method. I've improved my reading speed from 130 wpm to 400 wpm.
That said, I'm struggling with the latest version of Bookshout. I tend to switch back and forth between Spritz mode and normal reading mode. In the previous version I could do this with one click. Now I have to click the ellipsis symbol, click on Display Settings, choose a reading mode, and finally click the back arrow, losing some of the time saved by reading faster to time spent navigating the app.
Scream Free Parenting 5/5
By The Early Nerd
An eye opening book to doing things differently. I yelled a lot with lots of poor excuses. I had mostly stopped yelling by the time I read this book but I love how it relates to all of our relationships- not just the parent-child one. I appreciate a view that starts with the only person I have control over- me. I keep thinking of the people I think should read it and then remember to glean as much from it as I can, share it as I go and keep learning. I am still growing in how I relate to my husband, my youth, and my friends as I get further into the book!
App stopped working 1/5
Worked for 2 days but now doesn’t. Half way through my book and I have to go buy it from iBooks.
Good app a few glitches though 4/5
I like that it sends you a reminder to read and an email that tells you how much you read the day before but it is very twitchy when flipping the pages. It seems to not count a page if it appears you’re reading faster than it thinks you should be able to read. I actually read faster than it says and have ha to go back a page or two to get it counted. Also, maybe not an email everyday with totals. I like to read but I don’t want to be reminded each morning that life happens. Also, while book. Shout bucks are great there are so any books you can’t use then on which kind of negates earning them.
I am not sure why someone would want to write such an evil novel.
Horrible-And I’m an author! 1/5
Where is the search function and what is wrong with navigation? I am trying to search my own book and can’t get to the correct page. It’s awful!!!
Not only are the books here flawlessly presented and your bookshelves easy to organize, there is a speed reading function that is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and I’ve tried them all. Not only was I able to increase my reading speed, my retention went through the roof and the most relevant information of the book stayed with me long after the book was finished. It was also hard to miss the main points of the book with this feature. There are other goodies in this app that help keep the reader on track. This is the app I’ll most likely use for all my future non-fiction reading. Love it, stunned by it, appreciative of its development.
False advertising 1/5
No Apple Watch support.
WOW, sign in with WSJ 1/5
Except you can’t. And ho way to find or change password. Brilliant
Bait and switch. 1/5
I received a “free” e-book offer from the WSJ. I had to download the app, only to find that “free” is $14.99! Can’t trust this app.
Amazing app 5/5
Really love the fact that this app pushes me to read every day. Definitely, recommend to anyone who wants to push themselves to read and beat out your friend's score. Also, love the fact they girl you money for actually reading. Which you could use to buy books with.
Buggiest ebook reader 1/5
This app is incredibly and frustratingly buggy. Examples:
- Books often open to a random location, sometimes the beginning of the chapter you were on, rarely where you left off
- When clicking on a footnote, it often leaps to a random footnote from chapter 1 rather than the footnote you wanted
- There is bizarre highlighting behavior that seems to happen almost anytime you want to turn the page and turns the screen into an unreadable jumbled mess.
Will not be buying a second book on this app.
Darkest Hour 5/5
I read the book after seeing the movie. It was great. I want to see the movie again.
Short story 5/5
This short story taught us to believe and our faith will take us where we need to be,
Takes way too long to load
I like this app 5/5
Discovered by accident. Free books that are good. A reader that works trouble free. Even the books that aren’t free are very inexpensive.
App crashes constantly 1/5
By Miss Mason 05
Have one book in my account and every time I go to read it, it crashes before I can even see the first page. What a worthless app
Latest update made it worse 1/5
Latest update took away the ability to tell how many words you have read - it only indicates when you have reached the daily goal. I liked that it told you how many words because I always read way beyond the goal, but now I can’t see how much I have read. It was already frustrating because at the end of each chapter it seemed to lose some of your total words, and the only way to get them back was to go back to the end of the previous chapter long enough to read it again before proceeding. PLEASE FIX!
Sherlock Holmes 5/5
Excellent book I was presently impressed by the author of this book
Not working 1/5
Why bother providing an App where it doesn’t work?
Their books are sometimes frustrating to order. You pick a book for your cart, and when you go to pay the cart is empty. So you have to repeat sometimes 3-4 times before you can get the book. Also, they may have the same book as BookBub at the same price. But then they add taxes. A few cents here and there adds up. Sometimes I get so frustrated trying to order that I just go to BookBub and save a few cents with no order frustration.
Also, they do not display the time like BookBub does. So you have to back out of the application to check the time. Same thing to check battery charge. Annoying.
I do like seeing how much I’ve read and seeing my ranking compared to others. That’s why I use BookShout. It compensates for some of the annoyance.
By Mad-N-Mos Mom
Great app ,with an amazing supply of Books.
Doesn't work on Apple Watch 1/5
Had to sign up to download any book from their website. Poor collection of books. The reader doesn't work on Apple Watch. Just says coming soon.
Horrible reading app - visual distractions 1/5
There seems to be no way to turn off the top menu or the progress at the bottom. It never lets you forget you are reading on a computing device. Unlike the Kindle apps which totally get out of your way and JUST. SHOW. THE. TEXT.
Love this app but... 4/5
This app has become my go to for reading, I even ditched my kindle, BUT I've noticed over the last few weeks there have been a lot of glitches. Like my reading words not adding up like they should on the computer by fine on my phone. And having trouble turning the page sometimes, like it will take me backwards or skip a chapter. While the issues are mainly on computer and not the app, I still would love to get it resolved!