If you are a member of the LThMath Book Club on Goodreads you already know that we have been reading “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” by Edwin A. Abbott. The book turned up to be a great holiday read for me – I will be writing a review for it at the end of January. The book was first released in 1884, therefore there a lot of free editions everywhere on the internet. I normally prefer to read a physical copy and I was first a little annoyed, but decided to search for an interesting reading app if I had to read an online version. While searching for something appealing to me, I discovered this interesting reading app: Serial Reader: Classic Books in Daily Bits.
The app has around 450 classic books free books to read, which is not such an incredible option. The feature that made me so excited for this app is their idea of “serial reader”. Basically, a reader subscribes to a specific book and then they receive short issues daily (between 9 – 12 minutes of reading). I thought this is such a wonderful idea for someone that doesn’t have much time for reading. Just the fact that they automatically split the book into so short bits is very important. Moreover, you can actually chose when to receive each day’s new issue. To make it more fun and enjoyable, you also earn fun badges and can track your reading streaks. Also, if you have an account on Goodreads, you can also sync your progress with your Goodreads account.
In addition, you can change the color of the font or background, which makes it very important for any person with different type of learning disabilities, disorders or just anyone that finds the black on white boring. For example, I changed mine for pale yellow and black writing and it was easier to read.
Another aspect I enjoyed is the fact that you could easily lookup words in the dictionary and Wikipedia. As you probably know, English is not my mother-tongue and I have never read a classic book in English, so the vocabulary was a little strange for me. I got used with it after the first 4 sections of the book, but either way I used the dictionary a lot at the beginning.
Before ending this short post, I want to mention that the app offers some extra features for a one-time in-app purchase (£2.79). I have used the free version while reading Flatland, but I thought I will let you know what updates it offers for this purchase:
• Sync your reading across multiple devices (iOS and Android)
• Highlight text and save notes
• Save books to read later
• Skip ahead to tomorrow’s issue today
• Pause delivery of new issues
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