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.