The Best Book Apps Of 2012 – Reading Anew

2012 has officially come to a close, and now it’s time to take a look back at the year that was in the App Store. Thousands upon thousands of apps have been released this year, and across so many different categories. We have looked over so many apps this year, and have now broke them down to the best in each of the main categories in the App Store.

Our rankings are based on a five person panel focusing on iOS uniqueness, overall enjoyment, and complete experience. All week, we will be delivering the best apps, leading up to the top 10 overall, regardless of category. Now, we present the best book apps of 2012.

numberlysNumberlys ($5.99, Universal) [Review]: From the makers of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which was one of our best book apps from 2011, comes a new interactive book all about the alphabet. The story is set in a world of only numbers, until one day when five members step-up, and create the alphabet. The app has a wonderful design, as you would expect, and the origins of the design come from early movies including Metropolis, King Kong, and Flash Gordon. The stand out feature is the true immersion in the short story with such brilliant animations and interaction throughout. Each individual page is a surprise, and treat to throughly enjoy.

goodnight_moonGoodnight Moon ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: The bedtime story is an absolute classic that come to iOS in 2012. The app provides the classic story of a little bunny saying goodnight to everything in his room, and adds so much to it. The biggest addition is over 200 touchable objects across the 30 pages to bring interactivity to the bedtime story. The mittens, kittens, clocks, socks, brush, bowl full of mush, and quiet old lady whispering hush are all tappable, and react differently on certain pages. There are also tons of hidden objects with some requiring a special on screen magnifying glass. The classic is re-imagined for iOS, and the result is a must have for an all new generation.

only_the_pearlsOnly The Pearls ($3.99, iPad) [Review]: There’s nothing quite like reading the comic strips in the newspaper, and there’s one strip that always stands out, and that strip is Pearls Before Swine. Only The Pearls is an iPad book version of the strip by Stephan Pastis that features 250 of Stephan’s favorite strips with  75 integrated with author commentaries. There are also 12 specially animated strips never before seen, as well as 22 videos with Pastis discussing various aspects of the strip designing process. There are a number of paperback Pearls’ and other comic strip collections, but the interactive layer combined with the videos make this an unmatched experience.

Reading RainbowReading Rainbow (Free, iPad) [Review]: The classic TV program hosted by LeWar Burton has been given new life on the iPad. There are over 150 books included with optional narration, and hidden interactive features on various pages. The app also features 16 different video field trips hosted by LeVar Burton. Parents or kids can supply their interests, and the app has a brilliant story recommendation engine. The PBS show inspired a generation, and now the iPad app is set to inspire a whole new generation.

Grimm's Snow White ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up BookGrimm’s Snow White ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Book ($4.99 -> Free, Universal): The classic tale of  Snow White, the seven dwarves, and enchanted apple is now on iOS. The app features a 3D pop-up book with interactive elements on each page. The entire app offers the classic fairy tale theme with true pop-up nature, and is another in the series from StoryToys Entertainment that has done an amazing job crafting true 3D pop-up books for iOS. There’s so much to discover on each page with a realistic feel combined with great digital design.

MagicReaderMagicReader (Free, iPad) [Review]: A great way to read on the iPad when your hands are full or dirty. It allows you to read recipes while cooking, books while eating, musical scores while playing instruments, documents while typing, and many other use cases. It works exactly as described, and it’s just so neat to see the page flip as you turn your head. Unlike the book apps above, this is a reader allowing you supply the books to read, and then use the app engine to flip pages hands free. You can use your fingers just like in iBooks, but flipping pages by tilting your head feels so futuristic, and the app is so responsive.

Last Year: The Five Best Book Apps Of 2011


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