Book App/Site of the Fortnight – The Pigeonhole

The Pigeonhole is the new generation book club app that lets you read books for free, whilst making and reading comments from readers, and sometimes even the authors.

The editors handpick exclusive books to release in stages called staves, over a series of days – so it’s ideally for fitting into a busy day.  On average a stave is about half an hour reading time.  There are usually several new releases a week.  There are also a few older classics on there too, like Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.

It’s available for both Android and iOS, just search for “Pigeonhole”  – all you need is an email address to sign up.  The books are completely free, but they are only allowed to release a set amount for each book.  In return for the free read you are sometimes asked to leave an honest review on Amazon.

Book App/Site of the Fortnight – Blinkist.

If your anything like me, you may be interested in non-fiction but struggle to find the time.  If so, Blinkist is a fab little app for you.  It summarises thousands of non-fiction works, which can either be read or listened to within 15 minutes.  It’s available on Android and iPhone.  The mere 15 minutes means you can fit them in around your day with ease, and you can read/listen offline which can be really handy.

Its summaries are really well written, with an introduction to each one, including reasons to read each one, who they’re aimed at, and an author bio.  Main points are communicated not in a chapter by chapter basis but grouped into main areas.  Notable quotes from the book are made to stand out, and there’s a wrap up at the end, where the summariser normally aims to provide actionable advice from the book.  Best of all the info from the quick 15 minutes read is plenty enough to enable you to sound like you know what you’re talking about.  If nothing else it will help you decide whether you want to read the whole book, as it’s quicker and more informative than reading a free sample.

It appears to be mainly sought over for its self-improvement titles, but also draws a lot of attention for its new perspectives on the world with bestsellers in psychology, politics, economics, science, history & culture.  Some use it to stay abreast of developments in their field of expertise.

It has an excellent rating on Google Play, and rightly so.  I gave the free trial a go, and the app was soon able to pick up on what I was more interested in, and provide some great recommendations of titles.  During the free trial, you can read any summary in its collection.  When my free trial ran out, I was (and am) able to access one free summary a day – which is great for my personal target of aiming to learn something in non-fiction every week.

For me, it’s an app I wouldn’t be without!

Book App/Site of the Fortnight – BorrowBox.

BorrowBox is a great little app for reading e-books or listening to audiobooks for free with the aid of your local library.  You can browse, borrow and read or listen to your library’s e-books and audiobooks anywhere, and everywhere.  It’s available on Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and Windows 10.

To use the BorrowBox service you must be based in the UK and be a registered member at a participating library. You can download e-books and mp3 files for a limited period and read/listen offline.  You can also reserve and renew books whenever you choose.  There’s a wide range of titles available – all bestsellers, and also some books available in the Welsh language.

Book App/Site of the Fortnight – Bloodhound Books.

Bloodhound Books is an Indie publisher, specializing in thrillers, chillers, mystery, and crime.  If this is your genre, you’re bound to find something you like with them!  They often have special deals, and any book that takes your fancy can be downloaded straight to your Kindle (or Kindle app).  If you want to keep in the loop about their new releases, simply head over to the sign-up section of their Facebook page, Bloodhound Books Sign-Up, and a take a minute to sign up.  Alternatively, simply like and follow on Facebook.