Local Books is a free iPhone app that lets you quickly find local bookstores & Libraries. This clever app resembles popular dining apps like LocalEats or UrbanSpoon – but for book lovers. Even if you know your area well, you’re almost certain to find new places.
There are public and academic libraries, chain bookstores and independent bookstores, and many include photos. Local Books is powered by LibraryThing Local, the LibraryThing member-created database of 51,000 bookstores and libraries around the world.
Book lovers everywhere will love this application as it continues to improve with performance enhancements and more input from the socially-networked book crowd. Events are the next big area of content that will grow and add value to the app.
- Works for bookstores, venues or events anywhere in the world.
- Listings are extensive.
- Search for venues (bookstores and libraries) as well as events near your current location using the iPhone’s built-in location features.
- Venues can be sorted by distance, name, or type.
- Venues are color coded, following the maps on LibraryThing Local (colors correspond to the colors used on maps in LibraryThing Local).
- Each venue has a detail page with a map. Tap it to jump to the iPhone Maps application.
- Venues often sport a description, clickable website and phone number links, events, and a photo.
- You can favorite locations and events, and there’s a “Favorites” list where you can find them.
- Similar tools: Indie Store Finder, also see the the report from Jacket Copy in the LA Times, and the LibraryThing blog.
Check out Local Books @ iTunes App Store