If you are like this blogger, you’ve got eBooks in your Kindle account, eBooks in your Nook account, eBooks in your iBookstore account, eBooks in your Google Play account, eBooks in your Kobo account, and beyond.
While sometimes its fun to relaunch an app I haven’t used in a while and remember that I own a digital copy of 1Q84, it can be somewhat frustrating not to remember which eBooks I actually have. Enter BookShout!, a free tool that lets you legally import and aggregate all of your eBooks into one central portal.
BookShout! founder/ CEO Jason Illian boasted about the tool in a press release that was distributed at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week, stating, “In essence, we are tearing down the walls the large e-book retailers have established, and are no longer allowing them to build consumer-unfriendly fiefdoms. We are giving the consumers the freedom to access their book purchases when and where they want them, which is the whole point of digital publishing.”
BookShout!’s eReader platform, which is available as an iOS, Android and Web app, begins as a social application. You can login with Facebook and automatically follow your friends. The platform also recommends social influencers that you may like to follow and gives your suggestions about free eBooks to download. You can create reading circles with your friends and shop for eBooks within the platform.
And, of course, you can import all of your various libraries into the platform. PaidContent.org explains how that actually works:
The company’s app doesn’t break DRM on Nook or Kindle books. Rather, Ilian compared BookShout’s model to personal finance site Mint, which imports transactions from users’ bank accounts. Neither Mint nor BookShout relies on APIs (Amazon and Barnes & Noble don’t make their APIs public). Rather, to import books to BookShout users log in to the app with their Amazon or Barnes & Noble user name and password. The app verifies their purchases and then — if a consumer has bought a Kindle or Nook book from one of the publishers that BookShout works with — lets the user access the publisher’s version of the file through the app. These publisher files are protected by DRM.
At this point five of the Big 6 publishers are partnered up with BookShout and two of the main eBook retailers are participating. Hopefully more publishers will sign on in the future so that you really can turn it into your central eReading hub.