Bookqueue has been updated to take advantage of Windows Phone 8. Enabling users to save book titles and other information for future reminding makes the app invaluable to those who happen to come across a number of books but simply do not have the time to order and read through each and every one. It's a must-have if you enjoy reading books and require a companion to keep track of new titles for you to purchase.
Setting reminders for later reference and for more convenient processing is even more efficient with Windows Phone 8. Live Tiles are utilised that cycle through covers listed in the queue, providing a short insight into the reading personality of the user. The app already provides an Amazon store link with each listed book, as well as the functionality to search for more work by that particular author.
Bookqueue can also synchronise with SkyDrive (should the user wish to do so), which enables the backup feature to save and load playlists from the cloud. Such fail-safes are welcomed in apps that allow Windows Phone owners to build collections of content - it takes time and effort to replace. SkyDrive is a perfect tool for developers to include in their work.
It's stated on the Store listing that the Live Tile implementation is new with the Windows Phone 8 update, as well as new sharing options. Should someone the user knows also own a Windows Phone and makes use of the Bookqueue app, one can share book details with friends and family, particularly useful for those looking to build wish lists (subtle hints go a long way, right?).
Said sharing is achieved through the use of NFC, which will require compatible hardware. It would be good to see future updates bring lockscreen wallpaper functionality where users could add book covers as wallpapers on their Windows Phone.
You can download Bookqueue for free from the Windows Phone Store.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
I'm still waiting on a Goodreads app for Windows Phone :(
Me too. I immediately contacted them after getting my Lumia 900 in April regarding an app. I recommend anyone else interested in seeing this app does the same to show user interest. They responded back saying they were looking into it for future development.
Just tried it and its missing alot of features such as no synopsis provided for each book that is searched, no section for books that are already read, no reviews provided and no autocorrect in search bar. Is there a better book management app in the store? Would love to know.
Semi-unrelated: Reading books in the dark on my Lumia 920 is very awkward. The capacitive buton lights are almost painfully bright once your eyes have adjusted to the dark. Holding a finger over the buttons without touching them is difficult to do for long periods of time. I haven't found any book readers that can turn it down or off. Maybe the OS doesn't allow apps to do this? Does the 8X have this same problem?
@RichEdmonds - thank you for the review, much appreciated.
Received lots of great feedback on Goodreads integration which is hopefully next on the feature list.
Auto-correct search coming in next update.
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