Book Updates: Apps for Librarians

Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage

Apps for Librarians

Libraries Unlimited
September 2014
180 pages, paperback, $45
ISBN 978-1-61069-530-5
eISBN 978-1-61069-531-2

Information that has changed since the book was printed

November 25, 2014
Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint apps no longer require an Office 365 subscription to edit documents and store them in the cloud. As of November 2014, Microsoft has removed that restriction, making the office apps for iOS and Android free to use. So I now recommend Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint for iOS. See also a preview edition of Microsoft Office for Android tablets.

For more information, see Microsoft’s next surprise is free Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android.

October 23, 2014

September 12, 2014

  • The Wikipedia client Articles, appears to be no longer available. Instead, I would like to recommend Wikibot, another nice app with similar features (tabbed browsing, customizable appearance, “nearby” articles, and more).

  • Zite was acquired by Flipboard so I removed it from the book before it went to the printer, since it will eventually disappear. But so far, it’s still available and I recommend it. It’s a great way to find news stories similar to those you like, from sources you don’t know about yet. Eventually these features will be rolled into Flipboard – read more in “Zite is Flipping Out.”

  • Dropbox, the popular cloud storage app, has increased the amount of space for their $9.99/mo pro account from 100 GB to 1 TB. Great news! (I have a pro account and use it for the majority of my files). Free accounts still receive 2 GB of storage. They have also added view-only permissions for shared folders and a few other useful features.

  • If you followed the link to Beautiful Pixels in the further resources section, you’ll see it doesn’t work. Change it to this: (not

  • Calendars by Readdle is now called Calendars 5 and has a new link:

  • In the entry for the iTalk Recorder app, I mentioned that we used it to record interviews for the Digital Scholarship Study at the MIT Libraries. The page with more information about the study is now on an MIT-only site. You can still learn more about the study results in my slide deck, which is also listed in the book.

  • Adobe Ideas has been discontinued for Android. Now it’s for iOS only.

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