Today, the interactive ebook experts at Inkling finally brought the same digital reading experience they crafted for iPad and the web to the iPhone. The Inkling mobile phone app is available in the Apple App Store for free right now with some sample chapters that demonstrate how the technology and content work.
This is of course the very same Inkling that contributed to the plan to bring iPad textbooks to over 900 colleges this fall. The company’s primary function is to work with old-fashioned publishers and adapt their books into visual, interactive, multimedia reading experiences befitting digital platforms like tablets, the web, and now phones.
The Inkling app supports instant syncing of your bookmarks and annotations across all your devices (just like iBooks or the Kindle), chapter-by-chapter downloads, and a user interface carefully designed for the iPhone’s smaller display. That’s on top of most of the same features offered by the iPad, like in-line links to rich media content, maps, and more.
For example, you could have a travel book that works almost like Yelp, with links to user reviews and maps in other websites or applications. The iPhone app also supports Inkling’s premium publishing platform, Habitat.