Apps that offer book reviews, motivational talks and an on-the-go journal

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  • Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015

Goodreads app

THIS week, we feature three new apps in the market for iOS and Android — Goodreads, Audvisor and Journey.

If you are a book lover like me, Goodreads is a great app to read thousands of book reviews and keep up with what’s new in book land. Audvisor is similar to the TED app, where you can listen to inspirational talks, which cover various topics by experts from all over the world.

Journey is good journalling app to record your thoughts or even travel diary on your smartphone/tablet.


This is actually a virtual bookshelf where you can search, rate, and review any book in a catalogue of more than 12 million books; see book reviews and updates from your friends, and comment on them as well as browse your own shelves, to name a few of the functionalities.

They have just updated the interface so it has a more sleek and user-friendly look.

The book selections are good but could be improved.

Audvisor app


The developer describes this app as “sound advice from the world’s top experts in three minutes or less”.

Unlike the TED talks, which are great as well, Audvisor offers morsels of short and sweet talks.

It covers a range of topics from career advancement and leadership advice, mental health as well business talks, to name a few.

This is great when you have some time to kill while waiting for appointments or in a traffic jam.


I find this very useful instead of reaching for the pen and paper notebook (although there is still the old-school charm with the latter).

If you like writing and documenting your travel experiences, for example, this is a good app to have.

The calendar, photo and atlas view features are nifty and attractive, too. If you sync your documents with various Google platforms, this will be securely synced in Google Drive.

Some of the other features in Journey include manual geotagging with Google Places, Daily Inspirations, Quick add widget and sharing via social media like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

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