I never thought I would enjoy reading a book on the iPhone but Classics actually made me change my mind. For starters, the presentation is amazing. The app displays the books on a virtual bookshelf so you can literally pick the book you want to read just like you would at the library or bookstore.
Once you choose your tome, it floats off the shelf and opens up in front of you. The type is large enough that it is easy to read without being overbearing or childish looking, which I found very surprising. To turn the pages, you simply swipe your finger from right to left, which starts a realistic movement as if the “book” you’re reading is actually made of paper.
When you’re done reading for the day – or randomly flipping through books to get quotes – simply hit the home icon in the top left corner and it places a bookmark at your page so you can pick right up where you left off.
Currently the application offers Alice’s Adventures in Wonder land, Call of the Wild, Robinson Crusoe, the Jungle Book, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, Paradise Lost, Huckleberry Finn, the Time Machine, the Hound of the Baskervilles, Gulliver’s Travels, Flatland and the Metamorphosis – all books that are in the public domain. The developer promises more will be on the way in future updates.
This app is a truly must have for any book lover. And I found that my techie friend that doesn’t really enjoy reading ended up liking it too. Hear that, parents?