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October 31, 2008

Short review of the Classics iPhone application

Classics is an iPhone app allowing you to read public domain classics like Alice in Wonderland and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on your phone. The application will cost you €2,39 and is available in the app store since yesterday. I quote:

Escape into some of the greatest stories ever written and experience a revolutionary new reading platform, only for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Firstly, this application looks brilliant and obviously a lot of time was spent doing detail work on the icons, the alignment, making sure the animations felt right et cetera. This is the work of two guys who know their stuff: David Lanham and Sebastiaan de With (who also wrote an article about the app’s interface on his blog).

The main reason one would buy this application is to read the classics on their phones. The reading experience itself is probably the most important part of the app. The paper and text color contrast is friendly to the eye. However, I found the lack of a horizontal view causing an uncomfortable reading length. Flipping a page every 20-or-so words is tiring. I would have liked a simple scroll-down-to-read-more mode akin to Safari and Instapaper.

Rearranging books on the shelf is well implemented but a bit of a useless feature with the current amount of books. The book selection itself looks good. I haven’t read any of these but I am curious about Paradise Lost and Alice in Wonderland. More information at classicsapp.com.

Classics Application interface