Penguin Classics Launches iPhone App

To celebrate is 65th anniversary, Penguin has launched an iPhone app for literature fans that aims to be what Urbanspoon is for foodies. The app includes a “Discover the Classics” section that lets users pick classics to read based on their interests. Users can shake the phone to get a book recommendation.

The app features annotated descriptions of more than 1,500 Penguin Classics titles, and includes quizzes on more than sixty-five Penguin Classics.

There are also social features to the app. It lets users keep track of books they’ve read, bookmark pages and share this info with friends via email or Facebook. There is no eBookstore within the app, but it does link through to the Penguin bookstore where users can buy print books online.