What are the best apps for librarians?

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Brave Browser

Marie Bishop
Written on February 12, 2019
"I really love taking online courses, you can learn about anything and it's affordable and convenient. The thing is that sometimes things get slow and then you break your groove, so a good fast browser like Brave is necessary"
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    #1Goodreads

    Goodreads

    Goodreads is a social networking website for book readers and book recommendations. First launched in 2007 by Otis Chandler, CEO and Co-Founder, Goodreads currently has over 75 million members.

    Websites

    Free

    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 mo..."
    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"
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    #2 Amazon 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.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Chrome

    Free

    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. ..."
    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."
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    #3iBooks

    iBooks

    iBooks is a built-in app for iOS and Mac that allows you to read all your books. If transforms your epub files into mobi or pdf format so you can transfer your files within iBooks and all its latest features. It allows you to read the files on your device or in the cloud, so you won't need to download or transfer your files if you don't want to.

    Apps

    iOS, Mac

    Free

    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 lo..."
    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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    #4Flipboard

    Flipboard
    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.
    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free

    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...."
    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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    #5Nook

    Nook

    With Nook you will get access to more than 4 million eBooks, graphic novels, comics and magazines, as well as recommendations in order to discover more content that you like. You can customize your experience creating a library, adding notes and bookmarks and searching inside the books.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    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 ..."
    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."
    Gilberto Luna
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "I like the huge library that comes with the Nook. I always find something that fits my own tastes in literature. Also the reading app itself is highly customizable, it actually fills like you're reading a paper book with the ability to write on the margins, etc."
    Marie Barrett
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "It is limited to B&N selection legally. It is pretty okay as apps go for this."
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    #6EasyBib

    EasyBib

    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.


    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    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 c..."
    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."
    Ralph Allen
    Written on June 26, 2018
    "Someone once asked me if librarians ever put together bibliographies. Boy, do we ever! And EasyBib is a dream come true for all librarians who do."
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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.
    Websites

    Free

    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...."
    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."
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    #8WolframAlpha

    WolframAlpha

    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.        

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    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...."
    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."
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    #9WAVE calendar

    WAVE calendar

    WAVE Calendar is a free calendar app that helps you to organize your day. It allows users to add attachments, know the weather and add special tags to appointments, all with an easy and basic interface. *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    Michael Morris
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "Average calendar app that doesn't offer much more than any other calendar app. While it could help a librarian, I'm not sure if there are any special features for a librarian..."
    Michael Morris
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "Average calendar app that doesn't offer much more than any other calendar app. While it could help a librarian, I'm not sure if there are any special features for a librarian specifically. A plus for this app is that it has a modern, smooth design."
    Austin Jimenez
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "This is a good app that helps with organization. You can tag the items you put in there, and have a list of your appointments."
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    #10Evernote

    Evernote

    Evernote is a free app and allows the user to create all kind of notes and keep all your ideas organized and collected in the same spot. The app also offers a lot of tools to share the ideas and even create agendas for teammates.   

    Apps

    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 acce..."
    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."
    Nathan Price
    Written on June 28, 2018
    "Evernote is a central repository to keep all your notes and you are able to sync them between computers. It's very handy for librarians because you can access book and other notes across different locations physically."
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    #11Pages

    Pages
    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.
    Apps

    iOS, Mac

    Free

    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..."
    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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    #12Things

    Things

    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.

    Apps

    iOS, Mac

    $9.99

    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...."
    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."
    Eric Crawford
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "An innovative concept to say the least. Execution is not the best, but definitely worth giving a shot!"
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    #13Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Dropbox is a tool which makes it easy for hundreds of millions of people to access, share, and collaborate on their files so they can be more productive at home, work or anywhere they are. 

    Apps

    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..."
    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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    #14Keynote

    Keynote
    Keynote for Mac and iOS helps you create and deliver beautiful presentations. It features a wide variety of professional tools that you and your team can use to work collaboratively.
    Software

    Mac, iOS, Windows

    Free

    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 presentat..."
    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!"
    Madison Elliott
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "As the a seasoned librarian, I absolutely love how this app allows others in the library to contribute to a project with ease. Not only does the app have many tools that are easy to use but the presentations are so vivid they always captivate even the shortest attention span which is important especially when we are working with groups of teenagers and children. "

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Summary

Best apps for librarians
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 Goodreads Websites 20 Free
2 Amazon Kindle Apps 18 Free
3 iBooks Apps 18 Free
4 Flipboard Apps 16 Free
5 Nook Apps 16 Free
6 EasyBib Apps 11 Free
7 Kobo Books Websites 11 Free
8 WolframAlpha Apps 9 Free
9 WAVE calendar Apps 8 Paid
10 Evernote Apps 8 Free
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