Best Book Apps of 2014

NOTIONS+ by 24 Notions LLC
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 29, 2014

"Those are notions we can use. A fascinating exercise in appropriately scaled multimedia and a pleasure (if, for consumers, sometimes a guilty one) to read."
A high-tech update of social-critical texts such as Subliminal Seduction and Amusing Ourselves to Death, addressing our penchant for self-pampering and its dire consequences. Read full book review >
KALLEY'S MACHINE PLUS CATS by Jon Alexander
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Poignant ending notwithstanding, terrific fun for the Oshkosh set, with opportunities aplenty to practice motor skills, make choices and observe cause and effect. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A child's scheme to keep her commuting dad home inspires a polyfunctional machine festooned with dials, switches, levers, buttons and other controls—not to mention cats. Read full book review >

TRAIL, MARTIM IS A STRONG BOY by ativgreen
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"Delightful at every turn. (Requires iOS 7 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A young boy goes for a ride on his bike, exploring the world around him in this simple but engaging interactive story. Read full book review >
THE ECHIDNA AND THE DRESS by BighART
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 8, 2014

"This lovely app speaks of family, the things that make memories, and how folkways color our lives and testify to the world's wonder. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A finely honed, graphically transporting story about a slice of Aboriginal life in the Outback of Australia. Read full book review >
EVEN MONSTERS ARE SHY by Michael  Bruza
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 20, 2014

"As a story, it's rather slight, but it does what it sets out to do well and with a sunny disposition to boot.(iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
Affection for his boy boosts a pet monster's confidence with spectacular results in a breezy, enjoyable app. Read full book review >

REX THE ROACH by Jeff Butterworth
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A polished showing with spare but well-integrated animated effects and several silly twists. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
In this simple interactive odyssey, a little robot cockroach learns to listen to his mum and to say "Please," after flushing himself down the toilet. Read full book review >
DARLING ZHUZHA by Anastasia Dobrovolskaya
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 4, 2014

"A sweetly, quietly appealing piece of whimsy. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
This original fairy tale looks as timeworn as a fairy tale should, with a story just runic enough to keep the wheels turning in little minds. Read full book review >
SHERLOCK by Haab Entertainment
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 5, 2014

"A smartly designed treatment of Doyle's London that makes a short story feel full and novelistic. (Requires iOS 6.1 and above.)"
A classic Sherlock Holmes tale gets lavish interactive treatment, with opportunities for sleuthing for readers. Read full book review >