All good things FAIL 1/5
Been using this app for months, and then BAM one day it fails. All I see in my ebooks is the first page of each chapter. Can’t really read a book that way. Hopefully they figure out the glitch and get it fixed soon. But for now it’s useless and the books I’ve BOUGHT are inaccessible.
Page mode still broken 2/5
Page mode still only lets you page through each chapter’s fist page/beginning, even after the latest update to version. 5.0.6. I thought this was fixed with the update.
Page mode in iOS 13 5/5
I love books, and Deseret Bookshelf is the premier app for Latter-day Saint ebooks and audiobooks!
Generally love it! 4/5
But ..... I have to sign in all the time and it doesn’t auto fill in my info unless I go to my password and search for Deseret.
Not Ready For iOS 13 1/5
After the update to iOS 13 the app no longer allows me to use the page method for reading as it now pages through chapters. On top of that the link in the App Store for help takes me to a marketing page about the app but no links to get product support.
Need Update 1/5
With the latest Apple update I am having problems with books not being fully loaded. It skips vast amounts of pages and is making this app completely useless.
Great books selection 4/5
By wmt rabbit
I’ve had this for a while and I’m still happy with it. There is one slight glitch that I hope they fix. You have two options for turning the page but it seems like scrolling is the only option it’s willing to do.
Great app for reading uplifting ebooks 5/5
I always have an ebook ready to read on bookshelf. It is easy to find historical, romantic and mystery novels with no objectionable language and great stories.
iOS 13 Update Made the app unusable 3/5
I love this app and store! Use sit all the time, but now many features don’t work with iOS 13 on the iPhone 11. I hope they figure it out soon.
Stopped working 3/5
By Mr. Styx
When I updated to iOS 13 this app stopped working correctly. I can only see the first page of every chapter. Is there a fix? Am I the only one with this problem?
Quite Good 5/5
I like the feature set quite well.
I especially like the Study Guide feature where I can set a daily reading goal by pages or minutes.
1) No correlation with the page numbers of a printed book.
2) If I accidentally move from where I was reading, there is not a way to jump back to it.
It gets 5 stars because the technical support is very good. (Both this year and years ago.)
Login all the time 4/5
Every time I stop using the app as clear from my history. I have to login again every time. BUT I really have enjoyed this app.
Rate Bait = 1 star 1/5
By Mark in SLC
Apple asked developers not to spam users for reviews but instead use apple’s built in review system which maxes at 3x per year. Instead this app opted to ignore that human interface guideline and went rogue instead putting spam between me and my purpose in opening the app. Here’s your star.
Like it, but... 3/5
It logs me out once a month. Why?
When on my lock screen, there’s no skip forward or backward 30 like most audio apps.
Hard to see their entire library of audiobooks. Either that or there just aren’t that many.
Other than that, i do overall like the app, and have really enjoyed many books from here.
Great value 4/5
There are so many fantastic titles available on Bookshelf. I’m in it for the audiobooks and there are plenty to choose from. My only complaint is that it’s difficult to browse. I want a by-genre option. Otherwise, it’s great. Thanks!
Best App Ever !!! Best Books Ever !!! 5/5
Amazing software for reading & listening to the best books available.
Wonderful content, app needs work. 2/5
Speaking specifically of the app (itself), there’s a lot of issues still. The app crashes constantly. About half the time I open the app I have to sign in again, which is very frustrating considering that most of the time I use the app for audiobooks while driving or flying. If I’m already offline (flying) and I want to listen to a downloaded book, I’ve got about a 50% chance the app will require me to sign in (and therefore be online) to view my downloaded content. Driving is the same problem- I can’t type username and password in while on the road. And why isn’t there a FaceID option for faster log in?
Frankly, if I could find the same content on a different platform, I would have switched services a long time ago, due exclusively to the reasons above. The content keeps me here. Hopefully the app’s crashing and logging in issues can be resolved soon.
No Good 1/5
Can’t read on my iPad!
I am learning so much 5/5
As I've gotten older it's more and more difficult for me to read for extended periods of time. I absolutely love audiobooks. It has opened up a wonderful new avenue for me. As I have special books that I Love after listening, I Purchased and enjoying audio while my eyes are following along in the book. It's easy to underline, better to remember, and I don't have the dry eyes and headache.
Perfect for LDS study 5/5
By Forever LDS
This is an amazing app and I recommend it to all of my friends who are LDS and want to increase their doctrinal knowledge.
Bookmarks don’t sync across devices 1/5
Can’t read a book on an iPhone and then pick it up on your iPad, even though they claim you can.
Love the subscription! 5/5
I listen/read so many more books because of the subscription. So many books available I can’t keep up & I always have something spiritual to listen too. There’s also uplifting fiction & nonfiction books, huge variety. Wonderful. Thank you Deseret Book
Uplifting and Positive Audio Books 5/5
Unbelievable value! Great opportunity to listen and learn gospel principles and positive messages!
Best $ I spend each month 5/5
I use bookshelf plus everyday. I love it and will keep my subscription as long as I possibly can. Audiobooks, TOFW and scripture study help! They update it constantly which I am very grateful for!!
No options for support or giving feedback? 1/5
Why is there no option for support or to give feedback? The search functionality is practically useless.
Great ereader 5/5
I have this software for a few years now and have had no problems. It’s a great program.
Downloaded books don’t stay downloaded 4/5
I am unhappy when I thought I had downloaded a book to read off line and it needs to be downloaded again when I am not near WiFi. Is there a solution? Also I can’t figure out how to share my book with others. Can I download the app onto my old iPad and loan that? A physical book I can share. What’s the solution? N.
Convenient access to great inspirational books! 5/5
Easy access to a variety of books has made our summer road trips an inspirational adventure!
Hard to find books 2/5
By Mod Erin
I get to listen to books all day at work. However, finding what books are included in Plus is SUPER hard. I try browsing and can’t find anything I’m looking for. The only way I find books is through the emails I get; I hate emails.
Love it, but still needs improvement 5/5
I love this app but there still a few things that need to be improved on. The ability to sync everything on multiple platforms would be fantastic. Would love to have the ability to have my iPad and my iPhone completely synced. That would be cool. Great app though.
Luckily I was just on a free trial but the app wouldn’t open for a few weeks.
Love it, but.... 4/5
Love this app but it randomly makes me re-log in. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. I’ll be listening to an audiobook in the car, stop, go into the store, and when I come back out I have to login to listen again. This is especially an issue because my son also uses this app and we can’t give him the password because it’s the password we use for several other things as well. Can we just log in and stay logged in??
Deseret Book’s App Bookshelf 5/5
I have used this app for years now. I am always impressed with the different genres that are presented each month. I have a wide taste of different subjects. They fulfill my every need from learning about the prophets past and present, the General Authorities. The historical events of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the restoration of that Church that bears His name. There are books for young and old. Thanks you Deseret Book for providing a rich library for books for my family. I rate you five stars.
Boo to the YAH! 5/5
By Bearded cow
Easy. Diverse. Worth It.
Get plus & you will not regret it
Native 30 second skip missing! 1/5
By Steve6846 dodger
Every single spoken audiobook app integrates 30 second fast forward and rewind into the native controls ... Including church apps. Please add and then I'll spend so much money here. I cannot rewind 30 seconds to relisten while driving or working out by opening your app each time... Nothing else works like this anymore. Audible, pocketcasts, gospel library all do it this way. Bookshelf does not...ff and re skips forward or back an entire CHAPTER. I beg you to fix... You have exclusive audio content.
Love it, but needs work. 3/5
I’m sorry to only give 3 stars but that’s generous considering some of the challenges. Lately the app makes me re-login all the time. The default forward and back buttons go to next track or beginning of track (that’s a music app feature). Please see any audiobook or podcast app in existence to see the default should be skip (10, 15 or 30 seconds) not next track. Why would I want to go back to the beginning of a 30min+ track in an audiobook? Please fix.
Generally OK 3/5
This app gets the job done but I wish the features worked better. Here is my list of grievances (almost completely relating to the audiobook functionalities).
The skip forward/backward buttons take you 30 seconds, which is much too far to hear that last sentence again. Additionally, these don’t appear on the lock screen.
The download/remove functions really need work. I like having the capability of adding/removing chapters as I go so that an audiobook doesn’t take up too much space on my phone, but it is really frustrating the way it works. You can download all from the book screen, but you can’t remove all from that screen. I only recently discovered that you can remove all from a different screen, but why the separation? Why not have it coupled with the download all button? For months I’ve been removing things chapter by chapter, which is also buggy. I can’t even explain what happens, but it seems way to easy to accidental re-download.
The download button doubles as the play button so if I can’t download a chapter without it trying to play that chapter. So if I try to download three chapters, it will try to play them at that moment I touch each download button. To make matters worse, a dialogue box often appears telling you that each chapter will play once downloaded. I wish I could select multiple chapters to download or remove at once without it trying to play.
The quote vault is OK, but seems like a frill more than a useful feature.
Anyway, my rating would improve quite a bit if these things could be remedied. I guess I just wanted to love this app a lot more than I do.
My favorite app 5/5
At least this app brings me the most awesome entertainment of my life. I listen to doctrinal audio all the time. For the first time in my life I have listened to fictional Church stuff. My phone is worthless without the app.
Excellent functionality and choices.
Great app 5/5
By Lew S1
I love the audio books to accompany my family as we drive. I am sad to say that we often drive when we should be doing other things just so we can listen to the next chapter of an exciting book. Thanks for the audio section. I also find it handy to have nearly every book I need in my iPad where it is immediately available instead at home on the bookshelf.
More books 5/5
Wish there were more biographies of the past prophets on audio bc I loved listening to president Nelson’s book so much!
I love reading good books. But this app needs work 3/5
Fix the annoying bug on iPad Pro when start...only get 2/3rd screen...
Great app! 5/5
I like being able to access my books while waiting, in traffic, doctors office, for someone, or just simply want to take time to enjoy a good book. Overall it's a great app! I have referred many male and females to this app because I simply can’t figure out why they would buy another book to simply sit on a shelf after the first read. Thank you for this app!!
Great Reading 5/5
It is great to read books purchased through Deseret Book on my iPad!
Good, not great 3/5
I’ve been using this for a few weeks and like it. It logged me out a few times unexpectedly and I wish the locked screen allowed for 30 sec rewind or fast forward. It would also be great if it paused when the gps app talks. Overall a good app not great. But, great books!
I’m still on the 30 day trial for Bookshelf, and I know the distributors of this app are middlemen...I so wish the narrators of these books didn’t carry the Utah accents they all do...makes it hard for me to listen to, especially since I’d like listening to these books particularly different than listening to conference 🧐
Always have to log in 2/5
By Rupert old dude
Why do I always have to log in to my account?! I open while driving and...logged out. I use it and close the app and 2 hrs later go to use app again and logged out. No other app logs me out as much as this app. So aggravating, especially when I open it while driving expecting to get a book started. Stop logging me out!!! Oh and when I do log back in I don’t need helpful hints to swipe through. This is all getting old.
Could be better, but not bad either. 4/5
By Substitute 8
I’ve had this app since it came out and love the content, but it hasn’t been updated in a long time so it crashes and freezes every time Apple puts an update out. It has gotten better over the years. I wish they would fix issues when they were brought to their attention. I have asked for certain things to be fixed with no help in getting them fixed. They are more worried about the audio side of the app than the ebook side of it. I’d actually give it 3 stars, but I can’t get it to let me go lower though in some respects I would also give it 5 stars if the ebook issues that I’ve told them for years about would be fixed.
I still have hope 1/5
By LoveToFly Steve
Why do I have to repeatedly log in. So frustrating. Driving down the road ready to listen. But.... asks for login again!!
It is better but still old tech. Since I don’t have another option I guess I have to put up with it.
And takes forever to download. I know I am piling on now but of the 100 apps I have on my phone this the clunkiest