Bookout -- Reading made better

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Track how much you're reading, save comments, view stats.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about goal-setting, reading speed, and tracking reading progress. As kids set reading time goals and enter reminder alarms, they're learning that prioritizing time helps achieve goals. As they enter quotes from or comments about books they're reading, they're also learning how to use and apply technology to help keep what they're reading organized and to keep themselves motivated.

Ease of Play

Remarkably easy to use. Just point your device's camera at any book's ISBN number or enter its title or author into the search field, and Bookout finds the book title and cover online. The goals, tracking, quotes/thoughts, and reminders features are as simple to use as they are useful.

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Pop-up ads (unrelated to books) appear periodically on the free version.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bookout -- Reading made better is like a super-charged reading log for almost any age of reader, including adults. Scan any book's ISBN number, and the app will enter the book's cover, title, author, and total number of pages. Each time you sit down with a paper- or device-based book, you can use the app as a companion tracker to record your reading time and total pages read. Enter comments and quotes from the book by typing them into your device. Kid can track reading speed, set monthly goals, and earn achievements. The $4.99 Pro version eliminates pop-up ads, allows for more than 10 books at a time, adds a yearly goal feature, and saves more stats. There's no privacy policy posted, but the terms of use contain user content rights and tell you which information is collected.

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What's it about?

To use BOOKOUT -- READING MADE BETTER, tap the "+" icon in the left corner of the screen to add your first book. Choose to scan the ISBN code directly from the book or search for it online. The book's image will typically pop onto the screen, as will the author's name and the length of the book. You also can tap the photo spot to add your own book's photo version, if it's not the same or if one is not available. Back on the main screen, tap "Start reading," and the timer will begin. Tap Pause if you need to stop reading momentarily or you want to add a quote or comment. Tap Stop to stop the reading session. (A pop-up ad will appear after tapping stop on the free version.) Enter the page number that you read to, and the app will move you back to the main screen. You also can set goals; set an alarm to remind you of a preselected reading time for the day; and view your reading stats and achievements.

Is it any good?

This is an incredibly easy, streamlined way to keep track of what you're reading and to motivate yourself to read more. Bookout -- Reading made better is a must-have for any reading enthusiast but also for kids who are just learning to get into the habit of reading. Parents may need to help younger kids the first few times they find an ISBN number on a book to include it on the app's reading carousel, but once they get the hang of it, it's an easy, slick process. Kids will be adding books, logging minutes, typing or taking images of comments and quotes, setting goals and reminders, and viewing stats on this motivating, organizing app that's simple enough for almost any age of reader.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about taking time to read daily. If you set and schedule a specific time, it's more likely you'll actually take time to read. With the reminder alarm and tracking features, Bookout - Reading made better may help your kid do just that.

  • Talk about the ISBN (international standard book number) used on Bookout to identify and add a book to the app. Help younger readers locate ISBN on books. What other things have codes and numbers like an ISBN number? Why are number systems like this useful?

  • Read with your kid! Set time aside for everyone in the family to read a book aloud or to read individual books quietly together.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, personal growth, work to achieve goals
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($4.99 for access to all features)
  • Release date: January 31, 2017
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 33.80 MB
  • Publisher: TwoDoor Games
  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: February 12, 2020

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