Stupid Paywall 1/5
Should be free like the website. Take this one star, stupid scammers
Website is better 1/5
By Carlos S.C.
Don't waste your time here the website is so much better on Google.
Greedy much? 1/5
By Filip Čolović
Literally nothing about this app justifies it being subscription-based, especially considering that all the information is available for free on the site. The app is actually decent but I'm giving it 1 star on principle because of the money-grabbing.
Ten star if I could... 5/5
By The fact of awesome
I love this app, I have to read Tom Sawyer for school. And it’s so confusing, but this app makes everything so much easier!!!! Thanks you so much SparkNotes!😍❤️❤️❤️
I Love the Website... Not the App 3/5
The only reason I gave this app 3 stars was because I love the Sparknotes website. It’s free and it gives me all the information I need to study in an easy to understand format that makes memorizing important plot points easy. The largest problem with the app is that you have to a subscription to get to information that you could get on the website for free. Please remove the paywall and just make us watch a Game of War ad like many other apps.
I don’t want to pay
Just use the website 1/5
They want you to pay for an app membership when you can just use the website for free. Deleted and I'll never try this app again.
People stop being cheap 5/5
First off you have an iPhone, second it’s 5 dollars per year!
I love the app.
DONT DOWNLOAD THIS APP 1/5
This app is awful unless you want to pay for a subscription. Can't cancel it through the app. Should be free like the site but is not worth the time. Just use the website
Doesn’t work! 1/5
I would love to pay to start using the app but every time I go to buy it says “no products available” and I can’t select either subscription option. Please fix!
It’s honestly great 5/5
It’s amazing for me being a high school student I get caught up in other things and sometimes I just need a quick summary, but there is one flaw you can copy text sometimes my friends fall behind too and they’re not privileged like me to be able to pay for this and still since I can’t copy I can still screenshot so please just add coping text
By Halal man from gyro stand
Not too many titles
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.