Classics for the iPhone Makes Reading Look Good


Classics, an upcoming e-book reader for the iPhone/iPod touch, looks like the Crown Jewel for the App Store’s Book category.

Developed by Phill Ryu and Andrew Kaz, it features a gorgeous UI that includes elements such as a virtual page flip to give the illusion that you’re turning an actual page, and an elegant bookmark letting you know that your page is saved when you switch books. It comes preloaded with eleven classic works and more will be made available via free updates.

The ability to add your own books (that are in PDF or text format) does not exist, but the developers are evaluating this, and other possibilities, for a spinoff e-book reading app.

The initial library includes:

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • The Metamorphosis
  • Paradise Lost
  • Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Alice in Wonderland (Illustrated)
  • Through the Looking Glass (Illustrated)
  • Flatland (Illustrated)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • The Jungle Book

The developers took great care in making sure each book was properly formatted for optimal reading and trimmed down all the would-be application clutter to the bare necessities so you can focus on the book and forget about the app. As a bit of a teaser, we’ve included the wireframe of the page-turn animation (designed by CG artist Kevin Capizzi) as well as a run through of the app just to show the detailing that went into Classics development.

You can sign-up to be notified of when Classics is released and, when available, will sell for $2.99.


Frank Oddman

Instead of working on adding more classics add instead the ability to add books you purchase from ebook stores


I agree with Craig, Ryu’s past is entirely relevant.

Just because this one particular app may end up actually get released, doesn’t mean it will be continually supported. There’s a real trend within a certain segment of developers (I won’t throw in that asinine name they brand themselves with), of them joining up – and then it all falling apart within 6 months. Leaving people who bought their app with promises of upcoming features and future support, hanging in the lurch. They then play musical chairs with eachother, and repeat.


Imagine this app on Apple’s tablet, it would be basically a very powerful and useful virtual book. To use the iPhone as a book it’s just a bit too small, being an iPhone user that’s how I see it. I’ll still probably buy this, but on a larger screen this UI would be amazing.

Josh Pigford

Craig, TAB isn’t the place to bring that troll-worthy crud.

This is a legitimate app (I’ve used it) that you are free to offer an opinion on, but Phill’s previous endeavors or actions really have nothing to do with this…at all.


Ryu is thought by many to be a well known Mac software scammer. His MacHeist projects have generated massive criticism for being unfair to developers, although in response to this later iterations were apparently a bit more fair.

His MyDreamApp never produced a single product despite taking a lot of time and energy from a lot of people, and when the criticism got too hot, the forums were suspiciously shut down with an error message that never went away.

According to the developer of YummySoup, Ryu has acted in clearly deceptive if not unethical ways in business dealings:

Undoubtedly, he has the ability to produce gorgeous websites that generate tons of buzz and he has made a ton of money based on that, but come on, $3 bucks for an app to read public domain works, just because it’s pretty (which it undoubtedly is). I guess the App Store has made plenty of people plenty of money with pretty pathetic software, but I for one will do my best to not add another penny to Phill’s pot.

Steve Kenson

Looks great and all, but the inability to add your own books is a deal-breaker for me. I want an e-reader that lets me read my stuff, not just a list of public domain classics pre-selected for me. Maybe the next version….


The app looks so sweet, and to think Kaz wrote the original Delicious Library! This is undoubtedly a spiritual successor!


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