Do Standalone Book Apps Have a Future?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead story discusses Romanian Alexandru Brie’s attempt to bring stand alone iPhone/iPad apps to the masses via his TouchBookReader platform.

As e-books have developed and gained acceptance, there have been two distinct steams of books landing on people’s phones: books packaged as individual apps and e-book reading platforms (such as Kindle, Nook, et al.) that allow you to purchase multiple books on multiple devices within a specific framework.

In light of the increasing flexibility and pervasiveness of the platforms, do standalone apps have much of a future?¬†Perhaps standalone apps are better suited to particular types of books — cookbooks or guidebooks, for example, where you might just want access to a set of practical information in fewer clicks? Perhaps they’re easier to bring to market and update because they involve fewer middlemen? Or more difficult, because of their complexity?¬†What are the advantages/disadvantages? Do you have a preference for either format?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.