Literally, the Best App for Readers (Invite Code Giveaway!)



Currently in beta, Literally (visit website) is a new service with several features that could make it the king of reading apps. And I’m a huge fan of Goodreads, so that’s saying something.

  • YOUR BOOK LIST: Track all the books you ever want to read in one, easy-to-manage interface. Never miss another good book again.
  • SAVE MONEY ON BOOKS: Receive instant notifications whenever there’s any deal on a book in your queue. Get the books you want at the best prices available.
  • TRUSTED & PERSONAL: Get highly personal recommendations from people you trust. Let your trusted fellow readers recommend books you just can’t miss.
  • CHOOSE QUICKLY: Decide what to read next, quickly and easily, with our unique tool that helps you make the best choice in a fun and simple way.
  • READ & EARN BADGES: Be recognized for your reading achievements. Earn sweet badges the more you read, with all sorts of goals and fun challenges.
  • BEAUTIFUL STATISTICS: View and share beautiful and informative graphics that reflect your personal reading progress, statistics, and accomplishments.

The features that interest me the most are Save Money on Books (obvs) and Read and Earn Badges.

badgesKobo uses the badge system, making reading more of a fun challenge. In the same way, Xbox awards users with “achievements.” Even though I know in my brain these awards aren’t something I can brag about IRL, it hasn’t stopped me. It’s a good system and more websites are adopting it to create a fun extra for users.

Who doesn’t like saving money? This feature reminded me BookBub in a way. (On BookBub, you sign up and check off the book genres you enjoy and they send a daily email out listing 10 books that are on sale for $2.99 or less that you might like.) But a feature that just emails me when something on my massive to-read list goes on sale? That’s GOLD. I think that feature alone will get users in the door.

Since the site is still in beta, some of these features aren’t available yet. The interface still needs some work but I loved being able to import my Goodreads shelves right from the get go, so I don’t have to manually add all my books. I think it would do well as app for mobile devices, especially tablets. The experience would be more enjoyable if more people were on it, so I hope it gets a bigger following soon. The app allows you to track your reading progress. I think Goodreads has that function too but I’ve never used it so probably won’t use it on this site either.

Ooh! Idea! If it could suggest friends (users I can add as friends, that is) to me based on the books they’ve read, that would be awesome.

You can check out the Literally website here or follow them on Twitter.


Want to join in on the Literally fun? I’ve got an extra invite code for anyone who wants to try out the beta. Comment below, telling me what book you’re reading now, and I’ll pick a random winner. Just make sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win. I will be contacting a winner tomorrow (March 30).



Jillianne Hamilton is the author of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, its two action/comedy sequels, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. She is also a graphic designer, a history enthusiast, and a dog mom. Learn more.


  1. Sarah Puxley
    March 29, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Currently reading ‘Facing the Ocean: The Atlantic and Its Peoples 8000 BC-AD 1500’.

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