First of all I’d like to welcome you all to my first post in 2017!
During 2016 David’s Book Blurg has went from strength to strength with the thanks to my readers, fellow bloggers and some very supportive authors not to mention those who deal with book promaotions. I really do thank you all for making reviewing such a pleasure and I look forward to connecting more with you throughout the year.
Ok, so for my first post this year it’s not a review..it’s an info post to draw your attention to something I like that hopefully you will aswell.
I’m always looking for otherways to read. Don’t get me wrong, I love Amazon but I like the idea the authors can take control and can share work in different ways to reach a wider audience in whatever way they like.
I found out about Inkitt when I was asked to review some work posted and I loved the idea.
On the surface, Inkitt (www.inkitt.com) is a platform where aspiring writers can share their novels and inquisitive readers can unearth fresh content. But under the hood, we are democratizing publishing: The Inkitt algorithm analyzes reading behavior to predict future bestsellers. In other words: if readers love it, Inkitt publishes it.
Essentially it’s another way for authors to share their work but what I felt it lacked when I first viewed it was an android app since I don’t read much using my laptop. The iOS app has been available for a little while but I’m an android man..I’ll never leave Samsung.
Thankfully the developers noticed this to and the app is now available for free to download. The below images show what the app looks like on a tablet.
Today I basically want to ask you a few things. Have you heard of Inkitt before? Have you used their website? Will you download the app? If you do download it please let me know what you think.
The app was only released yesterday so its early days but first impressions are good. It easy to use and works well on my tablet so I think I’ll be using this a bit throughout 2017. The offline library is perfect for me since I read on the bus which very rarely has WiFi.
Will it replace my normal means of reading? No… this is an addition, a different way to read books and so far I can see it fitting in nicely. I’m looking forward to seeing what authors I stumble upon.
You can check the app out on the Google play store here – Play Store
Here’s the blurb from Inkitt for the release if you’d like to know more. Let me know what you make of it.
THE INKITT APP BRINGS THOUSANDS OF NOVELS BY INDIE AUTHORS TO ANDROID
Inkitt empowers readers and publishers to discover world’s next best sellers
BERLIN, JANUARY 7, 2017: Inkitt, the world’s first readers and data-driven book publishing house is introducing an Android app for phones and tablets, globally available from today.
Inkitt’s iOS app became available back in November and was well received by users: The app was not only featured on the US App Store but also on numerous other App Stores around the world, as well as on the front page of Product Hunt, ranking in the top 10 in Tech.
Inkitt for iOS featured as a top Books app in the US App Store
Following the warm welcome by the iOS community, and in order to meet the demand of their own fast growing user base, Inkitt is now bringing their digital library with thousands of novels by emerging authors to Android devices.
“It was a great reward to see Inkitt featured as a top app in numerous App Stores around the world and receive such great feedback from users” says Inkitt’s Founder and CEO, Ali Albazaz. “Readers were really excited about the iOS app but kept asking when we’re launching on Android too. We heard them, worked really hard and today we’re bringing Inkitt to Android devices. All readers will now be able to discover tomorrow’s bestsellers on the go and read great novels by upcoming authors wherever they are.”
Inkitt for Android – 4 key features:
- Access to thousands of novels from all fiction genres: fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, horror, romance, drama, action, adventure, YA and more
- Personalized reading suggestions: hand-picked novels based on a reader’s favorite fiction genres
- Customizable look to match user preferences (e.g. font size, color combinations)
- Online/Offline: readers can save novels to their offline library to access them anytime
Beyond being a platform connecting aspiring authors with book lovers, Inkitt’s mission is to become the world’s fairest publishing house: Its in-house developed algorithm analyzes reading behavior to determine the potential of a novel to become the next bestseller. Using this unique data-driven approach, Inkitt wants to ensure that great works by new and talented writers never again stay in the dark.
Since July, Inkitt has published 7 novels: Catalyst Moon: Incursion by Lauren L. Garcia (Fantasy), Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan (YA Romance), I Was A Bitch by Emily Ruben (YA Romance Mystery), Esper Files by Egan Brass (SciFi) and Caged by Onaiza Khan (Psychological Thriller), King’s Lament by Lilia Blanc (Fantasy Romance) and Three Fat Singletons by J.M. Bartholomew (Humor Romance), six of which became bestsellers on Amazon.