Litsy is a brand new app for book lovers. Backed by Out of Print, this app blends the best of GoodReads and Instagram, creating a very graphically pleasing interface to discover new books and readers on your mobile device.
Once you sign up for a free account, you are able to search for people to “follow”. Whomever you follow will populate your feed with the books they are reading and posting about. You are also able to briefly review a book you’ve just read, add a quote that you enjoyed, or just post a blurb about anything related to the book. Every post gives you the option to add your own photo of the book too.
When you see a post from someone else, you can “like” that post and even add it to your “to read” or “read” stack. I’ve found this helpful when I want to then borrow the book from the library… I can easily call up the titles I was interested in. You can also leave a comment which can lead to a mini-book discussion, which I always appreciate. Also, when people like your posts or add the books you’ve posted about, your “litfluence” increases. I don’t think your “litfluence” means much anywhere else (or even within the app), but it does help you see if and how you are connecting with other readers on the app.
As of right now, this app is available for download through the Apple App Store only. I hope that it becomes available on other platforms soon! If you’re interested, go ahead and download it and have fun exploring! If you’re looking for someone to follow – you can find me there with the name: sarahreadstoomuch.