Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tech Thursday: Updated Teen Bookfinder App from Apple


Apple unveils a newer version of the app that helps teens find good books: "Teen Book Finder by yalsa"

Get it free through the Apple App Store and then go find some great books! (Android version due to be released in 2014) 

"What's so updated about it?" you may be asking yourselves. Well, the app now includes all titles found on yalsa's 2013 lists of recommended reads, plus books that were honored with one of their six young adult literature awards. Pretty nifty, because now that means even more streamlined access to the last three years of awesome award winning books and recommended titles.

YALSA, in case you're wondering, stands for Young Adult Library Services Association, a national association whose mission is to "expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18".

There are a few ways to locate and manage books with the TBF app:

  • use the "Today's Hot Picks" option (3 new titles each and every day)
  • search by author, title, genre, award, booklist, or list year
  • create a reading list with a "favorites" button
  • Tweet or FB your faves
  • see if a particular book is at your local library (powered by OCLC Worldcat)

...and don't forget that you can soon vote for yalsa's Teen's Top Ten Choice list from August 15-September 15! Titles can be viewed here:
Winners will be announced during Teen Read Week (Oct 13-19)

App funded by a generous grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

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