Physical books just aren't what they used to be. They're big, clunky, and far too heavy. Okay, they're precisely what they always were, but times have changed. Publishers have upped their game, shrinking complex books down into portable digital formats and adding in interactive elements to make them more engaging. One such publisher, Inkling, has now ported its catalog of books to Android. These are usable exclusively through its dedicated app, which is now available through the Play Store in beta form.
Inkling's books are of the instructional variety, useful in discovering how to cook delicate cuisine, get the most out of a DSLR camera, or deal with a young child. These "books" come complete with videos and audio in addition to the expected images (what's a book without pictures?). There are also quizzes to test your knowledge, providing an extra layer of interactivity. Text is searchable, as we've come to expect from e-readers. The books are available on your phone, tablet, or PC.
When you first fire up the app, it will prompt you to create an account and provide a few sample chapters to get your started, and you can try a preview of any work for free. After that, naturally, you will need to buy some books to get much use out of the software. Since that's where the money is, the app itself is free to check out. Get it below.
Inkling Releases Inkling for Android
Inkling’s premium digital reading experience now available on all devices
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Inkling, the premier platform for interactive digital books, today announced the availability of its award-winning digital reader for Android. The addition of Android, coupled with Inkling’s existing web and iOS support, completes Inkling’s vision to be a publishing platform with full device compatibility. Users can now access Inkling’s growing library of learning content on virtually any phone, tablet or computer, from anywhere.
“It was fun and challenging to bring the richness we’d created first for iPad and make it gorgeous and intuitive for Android users.”
In response to tremendous demand from both consumers and content partners, Inkling revisited the design of its readers to create something uniquely Android. The all-new app was designed to feel just right to Android users, allowing them to use the full library of Inkling books through a beautiful, native reading experience on Android phones and tablets. Android users will have access to all of Inkling’s key features, including:
- Rich interactivity: Enjoy high-resolution images, audio and video
- Use any device: Read Inkling ebooks on any Android or iOS device as well as on your PC or Mac. Everything syncs between devices in real time
- Offline access: Store your Inkling books on your tablet or phone so they can be read anywhere, anytime
- Search and navigate: Browse, search and explore with ease. Inkling has built a better way to navigate digital books
- Try for free: Access chapters from books that match your interest areas, for free
“Inkling is the first reader of its kind for Android devices,” said Inkling’s founder and CEO, Matt MacInnis. “It was fun and challenging to bring the richness we’d created first for iPad and make it gorgeous and intuitive for Android users.”
“Today marks an important milestone for us,” said MacInnis. “We’ve realized the promise of build-once, publish-anywhere reflowable content on virtually any device. For consumers, that means buy once, access anywhere. In a multi-platform world, this is critical to both our partners and our consumers.”
Learn more about Inkling for Android by visiting http://www.inkling.com/store/android. The beta edition of Inkling for Android is available now for download from Google Play.