Apps, Apps, and more Apps

We know that some people find apps a bit confusing. And the more current the library becomes, the more apps we have available to our patrons. But what if you’d like to use them and find them too tricky to figure out? No problem! We’re having a library apps workshop to help you figure things out.

Please call us to register for this workshop which takes place on Saturday, July 22 at 10:30am. Spaces are limited, so please call early.

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BookMyne

The library has a great new way for you to access your accounts!  It’s an app called BookMyne, and while it’s been available for a while from the Apple store, it’s now available for Android users, too! All you need to do is download the app, choose our library, and then sign in with your library card number and PIN. 

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You can access all of your account data on your phone or tablet now. Once you log in, you can see what you have out, renew your books, and even see what your fines are! But it gets even better than that! You can also access the entire library catalog through the app, place holds, and much more. If you happen to be in a bookstore and want to see if we have the book at our library, just scan the barcode on the back of the book with the nifty app feature, and it’ll take you directly to our library catalog record! Place a hold and pick up the book when you’re at the library later on.

If you love social media book sites like Goodreads, you’ll also have access to reviews right from the app. Now, there’s no more wondering if the book you’re about to take home is good or not. Read the reviews and check out the book. Or not.

Drop into the library to get your PIN if you don’t have one, and then download the app and start using it right away. We think you’ll love it as much as we do!

Speed Reading, Smartphone Style!

US-based Tech company start-up, Spritz, is claiming to have developed an app that will allow future smartphone users to read an entire novel in 80 minutes. They’ve been working hard on the app, also called Spritz, which will allow upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones and the Gear2 watch to benefit from this technology. It’s speed reading, app style!

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While speed reading is nothing new, the people at Spritz have “reinvented the way people read by eliminating the obstacles associated with traditional reading on mobile devices”.  While we are all used to a swiping action to move from page to page or screen to screen, Spritz freezes the action into one spot so the eye can focus and read the important parts of the words.  They have a fantastic demonstration on THIS page, and you can change the speed of the information to anything you like. I tried it at 250 words per minute, and it seemed fairly easy to follow the sentences.  The really great thing about this app?  It allows more time for harder words, although you won’t even realize it. The inventors of the app warn that at 400 words per minute, your comprehension will not be very strong, as it takes the brain a little time to process more difficult words.

Of course, there is some skepticism about how well this app will work for people, and the general warning that it’s better not to speed read at all for the best absorption of information. But if you’re trying to work more reading into your life, having a way to get through a book anywhere from 80 minutes to 2.5 hours would make that possible. Of course, this means you’ll have to have the technology to use it, also, so take that into consideration if you’re hoping to try this new app out.

You can read more information about the Spritz app right here. Happy reading!