Very good, is the answer.
This recently launched app for mobiles here in India, is set to change the way we read, make no mistake.
Without being remotely qualified to write an in-depth technical review of the Juggernaut app, let me just say that it was easy to download, is super easy to use, and the one query I had was replied to promptly by the support team.
Basically, with Juggernaut you can download and read books on your mobile – & access the same books on a device like an iPad. (This was actually my query to the support team).
Books are very reasonably priced, and what is refreshing is that the initial titles are focusing on and promoting Indian writers.
But how does reading on Juggernaut differ from reading in, say, a Kindle?
Well, for starters, you don’t have to invest in a separate piece of hardware. Your smart phone is enough.
Plus, there is an interactive aspect to the app, whereby you can ask the author a question, straight from the app itself, which is pretty cool.
In the interests of full disclosure, I was contacted by Juggernaut towards the end of June, asking as a blogger and, especially, a book blogger, whether I’d like to review books using their app. The first book that I read using the app, “How to kill a billionaire”, is reviewed in my other blog, and was sent to me, free, by the good folk at Juggernaut.
I was initially a bit of a techno-loser, forgetting to report back to Juggernaut that I had indeed downloaded the app, but once this hiccough (entirely my fault) was cleared up, they have been in regular contact.
So, step 1.
Download the free app. I now have it on my iPhone & iPad.
You can quickly personalise the app, by going to one of the 23 categories they list & seeing what’s on offer.
Download a book – and here I must be honest, I don’t yet know how smooth the payment mechanism is, but I suspect it will be seamless. The app as a whole seems to be that way. Certainly the book is downloaded in a trice, with an instantaneous follow-up email.
This was the first book I read, and I deliberately read it on both my devices, and the transition between the 2 was flawless. It picked up on one where I had left off on the other.
You can increase the font size, as well as the background colour:
When you’ve finished, you can chat to the author – haven’t tried, but fully intend so doing – and leave a review.
There are many books, all very reasonably priced, and then there are some free books, so (naturally!) I downloaded a couple of these, starting with “Tale of a Tub” which, to my shame as an Eng Lit grad, I haven’t read.
This is how the book is presented:
And the acknowledgment that the download is complete:
All blissfully straightforward.
In its portability – eliminating the need for even a Kindle – I think the good folk at Juggernaut are definitely on to a winner here. We all of us carry our smart phones everywhere, and as I have discovered, it’s no different than reading a book than, say, reading an email which we all do all the time on our phones.
What is super exciting about the team at Juggernaut is that they are not only promoting reading, but they are simultaneously promoting writing.
See. Read this message:
Now HOW exciting is this?
So, in summary – a free app that delivers books quickly and inexpensively to your smart phone.
Clear, nice look.
Simple to use.
Would I recommend it? Hey! That is exactly what I am doing here 🙂