Best Book Apps of 2013


ESSENTIAL ANATOMY 2 by 3D4Medical.com
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 14, 2013

"Impeccably designed and one of the best of a wide field of competitors. An invaluable addition to the iPad toolbox of students of the human body. (Requires iOS 6 & up.)"
A thoroughly well-thought-through app takes experts and neophytes alike through the tangles—literally—of the human body. Read full book review >
BYRON BARTON COLLECTION #1 by Byron Barton
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 18, 2013

Barton's books about transportation are notable for their spare simplicity and bright pop-art illustrations; here, four gain added value with features that both entertain and encourage reading skills.

Introducing the setting for each mode of transport, the books open simply: "On the road," "In the sky," etc. Each subsequent page then highlights a different type of truck, airplane, etc., and with a true minimum of words conveys a good bit of information about their functions. Read full book review >


THE SKULL IN THE ROCK by Lee R. Berger
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 23, 2013

"A terrific piece of paleoanthropology, with a smart blend of scientific sobriety and narrative verve. (Nonfiction enhanced e-book. 10 & up)"
Advances in paleoanthropology are given a bracing, clearsighted overview in this enhanced e-book from Berger and Aronson, based on the 2012 print book of the same name. Read full book review >
OVER IN THE JUNGLE by Marianne Berkes
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 6, 2013

"Rich with learning experiences, Berkes' book elegantly combines art, reading, counting and music with the natural sciences. (iPad informational app. 3-8)"
Based on Berkes and Canyon's 2007 book, this new interactive counting and sing-along app is a snazzy introduction to the fauna of the rain forest. Read full book review >
THE MUD MONSTER by Chantal Bourgonje
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

A fanciful, almost dreamy little story featuring a turtle, a goose, a rabbit and—who would want it otherwise?—a monster.

This app is a simple piece of work, asking only that readers turn the page when they are ready, after following the bouncing words in the narrative or having digested the lovely artwork. Read full book review >


THE DOORS by Brandwidth
Kirkus Star
developed by Brandwidth
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 6, 2013

"A model of multimedia publishing and an essential for fans of the band and students of rock history alike."
Blast their music at top volume and you will know "what it was like to hear men play rock 'n' roll music." So writes Hunter S. Thompson, making a cameo in this thoroughgoing biography of the iconic rock band. Read full book review >
HERMES by BumpBump Books
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"A pleasantly understated alternative to the many frenetic apps on the market. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
As might be expected for a god, Hermes' beginnings are far from ordinary. Read full book review >
EACH TO HIS OWN! by Davide Cali
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 20, 2013

"No bells but maybe a few whistles and definitely some giggles. (iPad novelty app. 5-9)"
In this droll, wordless import, a dozen dogs or other animals are connected to as many walkers by, usually, very long leashes. Read full book review >