Open Library Reader

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About this app

Open Library is an online library with millions of books to browse or check out. You can track the books that you're reading, want to read, etc. and read many of them right there.

This app is one reader's effort to create the ideal portable experience for taking advantage of Open Library's amazing collection.

You'll get the best experience out of this app on an iPad, but you can use it on a smaller screen (if you don't mind squinting).

The moment you open the app and log in, any books you've already saved on the Open Library site are laid out on your screen. You can sort them by title, author, publication date, and date saved, see which books are available to read, and open them with a single tap.

Once you've opened a book in the familiar reading interface, a tap at the top of the screen will trigger the full screen mode, removing every distraction and expanding the book pages to the limits of your screen for the perfect reading experience.

Other features include:
- Built-in search: find and add books to your shelves from inside the app.
- Shelf management: move books between shelves, remove books, change the edition of a book.
- Related title search: choose a book on your shelf and quickly find more books like it.
- Checkout tracking: see at a glance how long you have left on limited-access books you've checked out.
- Customization: choose which shelves you want to see and manage the size of the books and their titles.

This app is essentially an alternative interface to the Open Library site — all of your data is stored there, and the books you read are hosted online, not in the app. As a result, an active internet connection is required when you are using this app.

Open Library is an initiative of the Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. The developer of this app has no legal or contractual relationship with Open Library or the Internet Archive, and bears no responsibility for the content found there.
Updated on
May 6, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

37 reviews
Tu Vuong
February 22, 2023
It's a nice and more convenient experience to the website, many thanks for having created it. My only issue is that full screen mode doesn't work in single-page (vertical scrolling) mode. It'd have been nice to hide the menu bar and the customisation buttons on the top-left corner which interferes with the book.
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Trickster Teedo
October 21, 2023
I struggled to get in because the app kept saying I'm entering the wrong password when it's the correct password. But I finally got in but the app got a very uncomfortable way of reading the books, and the pages takes very long to load and sometimes doesn't load.
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Louise Wyness
August 7, 2023
This is disastrous!! Open library worked beautifully on all my devices until this app was forced onto us by Google. I can access my account, find my book lists, I just can't read the books, the app just hangs. I am NOT impressed. I can't even read using other browsers. Nice stuff up Google