Subject Specific E-Book Stores

In case Amazon and the Barnes & Noble website don’t offer enough e-book choices, certain religious and interest groups have begun to develop apps that will allow enthusiasts to download subject specific texts that may be difficult to find in mainstream collections.

Deseret Book, a company owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “has introduced a new iPad and iPhone application that makes Mormon-themed books available for download,” according to this article in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Books may be downloaded through the free Deseret Bookshelf app to “any iDevices through the iTunes App Store,” allowing users to browse Mormon texts on their mobile devices. The Deseret Bookshelf is not limited to strictly religious texts, but includes anything Mormon-related, including “biographies, fiction, nonfiction, young-adult fantasy, self-help, and more.”

One of the most interesting features of the app is that it has made many formerly out-of-print items available to the general public. Also, the “cost of the e-books will be 45 percent lower than their print counterparts,” allowing people on tight budgets to enjoy more reading material.

I can easily see the use of having subject specific reader applications for mobile devices. Grouping e-books and other texts by material content makes it easy to find information on any given subject, for example, LGBT, ethnic or educational literature.

While the breadth and variety of Amazon makes it a great choice for casual reading selections, apps such as the Desert Bookshelf may prove to be even more useful for people interested in researching a particular subject and finding more obscure titles that might not be available on mainstream sites.

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23 comments

Bernadette P.
Berny p.5 years ago

What ever make children read is a good thing as you will never be alone if you can read!

BUT saying that...a book that you can hold and cherish is a great feeling!

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago

thanks.

Tanyaisa P.
Tanyaisa P.5 years ago

LEST WE FORGET THE WEIGHT, LITERALLY, THAT OUR KIDS CARRY ON THEIR BACKS IN THE FORM OF BOOKS THAT WEIGH A TON....SO TO SPEAK. AN E-BOOK WOULD BE A BETTER IDEA.

Tanyaisa P.
Tanyaisa P.5 years ago

I AM ALL FOR E-BOOKS OF ANY KIND, EVEN THE CONTROVERSIAL ONES, BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN FREE SPEECH. IF SCHOOLS COULD INCORPORATE THESE, THINK OF THE TREES TO BE SAVED.

Zee Kallah
.5 years ago

ok by me

ReElectBarack Obama
Past Member 5 years ago

Thank you.

Santanita G.
Santanita G.5 years ago

I enjoy the e book idea has been good for me, I can now carry with me most of the text books I need for school with out breaking my back, or the bank. Ebook text books are cheaper and easier to carry. And I can keep them forever with out needing to dust them.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers5 years ago

Prefer the real thing.

michael m.
Mike m.5 years ago

I'll stick to paper books for a while longer. But, fortunately or unfortunately, the success of the EBook readers is the way of the future. I DO like the idea of being able to access information much more easily, and making rare, out of print, or niche books re-available.

Ameer T.
Ameer T.5 years ago

the only reason i support the e-book phenomenon and the devices used for them is the fact that perhaps it may save the forests.