Reading has become more interactive lately, with oodles of digital experience increasing the obsession and flexibility in sorting out your digital library. With just a few swipes on your smartphone using some of the apps to keep track of books, a whole bunch of your friends could learn about the new additions to your bookshelf and your favorite quotes. The most reason why you need to keep track of books is that everyone would admit failing to recall most of the books they've read (at least for reference purposes or quotes), to say the least.

You could just get done reading a book today and fail to recall the name after just a few weeks. And the unfamiliar authors will simply leave your memory entirely. That's where the traditional hard copies make a difference, despite how rigid it makes a reading. Well, keeping track of books is not all the digital life you could get reading from a mobile device. Book apps now allow readers to create communities, learn about new books, buy eBooks with discounts, etc. For a full digital experience, every book lover definitely needs some of the book apps on this list.

List of apps to keep track of books in your digital shelf

Goodreads

Price: Free

For: Android and Apple iOS

Are you wishing you could rate the books you have read for your friends and the world to see? That's no longer a wish in the air. Goodreads allows users to create a social network, rate and write reviews on completed books and also recommend books for your friends. You can also view books recommend by your friends and respond accordingly.

You can search for new boss using advanced search system with filters. Goodreads enable you to make a virtual bookshelf which is accessible anytime. It also has an exclusive feature that enables you to get information about hardcopy books by simply scanning their barcodes using your device's camera. You can also include the book to yourself, rate and write a review or include it to your to-read list. Goodreads is not only an app to keep track of books; it also allows you to organize them and to share your thoughts with thousands of other users.

Goodreads keep track of books

Goodreads Screenshot. Source: Goodreads

Scribd

Price: $9.99 per month

For: Android and Apple iOS

Scribd offers an unlimited access to books, journal, magazines, audiobooks, and documents which users can download for offline reading. Subscription is required after a one-month free trial. Aside from having access to over 500,000 books in its library, you can keep track of books, discover new books through recommendations and equally personalize your reads.

Scribd doesn't have the social network experience available in Goodreads. The platform has millions of users and you can share your books or documents with others but only if they search or earn recommendations based on their frequent reads and personalization.

Scribd keep track of books

Scribd Screenshot. Source: Scribd

Litsy

Price: Free

For: Android and Apple iOS

Litsy is typically a social media app for book lovers. It looks more like an Instagram or Twitter where people discover and share favorite books within their community while keeping track of books on their shelves. Unlike Goodreads, Litsy enables you to create a vast community and receive updates of their timeline. It allows users to have discussions while discovering and sharing books. You’ll definitely love this app if you’re already partaking in literary discussions on Goodreads or Twitter. It's more like a combination of Goodreads and Twitter in one app.

Users are allowed to post a maximum of 300 characters in form of a 'blurb' (a short comment or image caption), a 'review', or a 'quote,' with the option to include an image. There's an option to follow favorite users and to be followed back.

Litsy keep track of books

Litsy Screenshot. Source: Litsy

Libib

Price: $9 / month or $99 / year for pro

For: Android and Apple iOS

If your love for video games and music makes you feel like having one shelf for all, then this app is exactly what you need. Libib is a book cataloging app that enables you to keep track of books, video games, music, and movies in a proper arrangement. It is one of the book apps that allow you to rate, review, import, and tag a book. You can also make notes while reading and publish your library for others to access. Libib is a free book app that allows users to create multiple types of libraries and also to synchronize their libraries with the website. Organizations that require multiple libraries can equally use this book app.

Libib keep track of books

Libib Screenshot. Source: Libib

OverDrive

Price: Free

For: Android, Apple iOS and PC

OverDrive is another book app suitable for schools, retailers, and libraries due to its support for multiple digital libraries. OverDrive is the most used book app for borrowing media materials from local libraries. It offers users access to eBooks, audiobooks, videos and periodicals purchased from bookstores or borrowed from schools and libraries. The book app supports both PC (Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks) and smartphone platforms, including BlackBerry; users can switch to any of the platforms anytime and anywhere to view their digital shelves.

OverDrive keep track of books

OverDrive Screenshot. Source: OverDrive

Gerty

Price: $3.99 to unlock premium features

For: Android and Apple iOS

Gerty is another simple book app specially crafted for reading and keeping track of books. But Gerty does more than just offering users a reading layout. The book app is nothing like all listed here. It features an eBook reader, journals, maps, photos, and notes. Users can create a software library for different categories and are able to look up book info by scanning its barcode. You can manage, filter and sort books in bulk.

Gerty allows users to start writing anytime while reading by simply tapping on a plus icon at the bottom right or by simply highlighting a text to have the option. The book app will paste the highlighted text in its notepad automatically with quotes in the latter option.

Gerty keep track of books

Gerty Screenshot. Source: Gerty

BookShout

Price: Free

For: Android, Apple iOS, and PC

As the biggest provider of eBooks in the world, book lovers gain higher opportunities for finding and reading the books of their choice. They also have greater potentials to discover more new books since BookShout is partnered with several corporations supplying about 1.5 million digital contents. The app has all the features for efficient handling of your ebooks, except the social media properties. You can easily find bestselling books on BookShout

Their partners include Microsoft, the Hearst Corporation, Intel, Cisco, CareerBuilder, South by Southwest (SXSW), etc. It's also another book app that works on a wide range of platforms, excluding BlackBerry.

BookShout keep track of books

BookShout Screenshot. Source: BookShout

Audible

Price: Free

For: Android and Apple iOS

Audible is another interesting app for book lovers. Instead of placing your eyes on the screen all the time, you can have a digital shelf in audios, showing you to read even while you're on the go. Audible provides access to bestsellers and allow users to personalize their page for recommendations. You can listen to those books while on a long drive or when you’re doing dishes. Audible is available for Android and iPhone devices. It also has an advanced search to find and arrange an audio form of your best literature.

Audible keep track of books

Audible Screenshot. Source: Audible