What are the best apps for librarians?

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    Goodreads is a social networking website made for book reader fans and book recommendations. First launched in 2007 by Otis Chandler, CEO and Co-Founder, Goodreads is now one of the biggest reading-material sharing platforms in the industry.



    Harini Trivedi
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "This is a really good app for librarians. Being knowledgeable about good books always helps when interacting with patrons. The social aspects of the app makes it better as most other apps are very static"
  2. 18

    #2Amazon Kindle

    Amazon Kindle

    Amazon Kindle is a free cross-platform to download and use. With this app, you can carry with you all the ebooks you want! It is the best option for those who want to read any type of publication such as books, magazines or newspapers.


    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Chrome


    John Chang
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "The Amazon Kindle is a great way to read your favorite books and literature on the go, and you don't even need a dedicated Kindle device to do it...any mobile device will do. Offers the same functionality as the regular Kindle at a fraction of the cost."
  3. 18



    iBooks is a built-in app for iOS devices that enables the user to read and download books and audiobooks from every possible category. It features new releases, curated collections, and exclusive content all directed in a user-friendly interface.


    iOS, Mac


    Vivaan Jhadav
    Written on November 21, 2017
    "I've downloaded lot of books from iBooks and have never had a problem. I especially like the free ones that are available. If anyone ever needs info on a book, I can simply look it up on my phone rather than the library computer. It's faster and easier. "
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    Flipboard is a reader that allows users to draw from blogs and publications in order to create their own personal magazine. You can also connect to social networks to see what your friends are posting. It's available on Android and iOS devices.


    Android, iOS


    Dorothy Ortiz
    Written on November 16, 2017
    "Flipboard is awesome for getting the news without having to actually turn on the news. It came preinstalled on my phone."
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    With Nook you will get access to more than 4 million eBooks, graphic novels, comics, and magazines, and recommendations to discover more content that you like. You can customize your experience creating a library, adding notes and bookmarks.


    Android, iOS


    James Wallace
    Written on November 21, 2017
    "Nook is a really good app. The interface is fine, the recommendations are all pretty good, and there's a lot of variety. The only problem is it exists in a world where Kindle also exists, and the Kindle app and ecosystem just blows it out of the water. The one thing Nook does a little better than Kindle is comicbooks/magazines, so if that's what you're looking for it's worth checking out."
  3. 11



    EasyBib is a free app that let you create citations for your bibliography in a very fast manner! All the citation generated are simply perfect because they're revised by teachers and librarians.


    Android, iOS


    Jose Stone
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "I was shocked to see that I could not forward any notes to an email or even copy them to another source. Add this to the fact that the app often crashed, and it is easy to conclude that I had no use for this app."
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    #7Kobo Books

    Kobo Books
    Kobo Books is a website for book lovers that offers you more than 5 million titles to read, including books and audiobooks. It also suggests e-readers compatible with iOS, Android, and Blackberry 10 devices.


    Mary Green
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "This is a great app that helps you read and listen to books. This app have so many books to look at and pick out to read."
  5. 9



    WolframAlpha is an app that  gives you answer to all of your computation questions. It uses a compilation of algorithm to offers you a report about the topic.        


    Web, iOS, Android


    Diana Parker
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "This app is so much fun to use for a variety questions. I'm not quite sure how it would help a librarian specifically though."
  6. 8



    Evernote is an app that allows users to create all kinds of notes and keep all their ideas organized and collected in the same spot. The app also offers a lot of tools to share ideas and even create agendas for their teammates.   


    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Brandon Douglas
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "The best app for librarians, hands down is Evernote. The Evernote app allows users to keep a range of media (text, video, photo, audio) to keep them organized and easy to access. Easy to share and collaborate with other people."
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    Pages is a free word processor that combines a clean interface with some advanced features. This a software for the general public, offering a full set of tools for both advanced and getting-started users.

    iOS, Mac


    Larry Richardson
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I am a big supporter of freeware. Pages is a great, simple tool that allows users to do basic word processing functions without investing in expensive office suites. For basic writing needs, it serves its purpose flawlessly. I use Pages on my home computer and have unsubscribed from Office 365 because I don't have a use for it anymore."
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    Things is an easy to use task manager tool. Available on iOS app and Mac, it is the perfect companion for everything you want to achieve in life, offering a great balance between ease of use and powerful features.


    iOS, Mac


    Ernesto Santillán
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "This is a great task manager if you need one to try out. Out of all the ones I have tried it has been my favorite."
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    Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service for personal or business use, available on computers and mobile devices. Easily store all your data in a safe and secure location that sync across all your devices or can be shared with friends or co-workers for collaborative work.


    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Anna Ortiz
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "Dropbox makes my work so easy because it access my files and this makes me more productive"
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    Keynote helps you create and deliver beautiful presentations. It features a wide variety of professional tools that you and your team can use to work on a project collaboratively.

    Mac, iOS, Windows


    Jeffrey Hamilton
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "I loved the idea of Keynote when I first heard of it, and having finally had the chance to use it I love it even more. It makes everything so easy. I used to dread presentations, because without graphics and something to put on the screen, your audience can get bored or not follow your points very well. Keynote helps me get my message across, and I'm moving up in my department. Thank you Keynote!"


Best What are the best apps for librarians
1GoodreadsWebsites 20 Free
2Amazon KindleApps 18 Free
3iBooksApps 18 Free
4FlipboardApps 16 Free
5NookApps 16 Free
6EasyBibApps 11 Free
7Kobo BooksWebsites 11 Free
8WolframAlphaApps 9 Free
9EvernoteApps 8 Free
10PagesApps 7 Free

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