Love books and tech? Then these innovative free apps are for you

The new Books from Scotland Issue on Architecture, Innovation and Design launches later this week. In the meantime we wanted to highlight some of the best Scottish book-related apps out there and the best bit is that they’re all free. Find out about Bookspotting, Edinburgh’s Bookshops, When Wine Tastes Best and LitLong: Edinburgh below.


Bookspotting helps you to discover Scottish-interest books – from old favourites to the latest reads – making the most of the functions built in to the smartphone in your pocket. It features a host of titles with a strong connection to a place, a landscape, an island, or a city in Scotland, and using GPS technology geo-locates a wide range of books – fiction, children’s, history, humour, Gaelic, Scots, and travel – even when your phone or tablet isn’t online. A collaboration between Publishing Scotland in Edinburgh and Saraband Books and Spot Specific in Glasgow, Bookspotting features over 3500 books and links them to character, place, setting, author, date and theme. Find out more about the Bookspotting app here.

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Edinburgh’s Bookshops is a free iPhone app and website trail launched by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. It brings together the capital’s fifty-two bookshops in one handy guide. Offering a comprehensive overview of all of Edinburgh’s brilliant bookshops as well as highlighting handy information such as opening times, contact details and shop-specialities, the app and trail gives readers and book buyers the definitive guide to finding their ideal bookshop in Edinburgh. Find out more about the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust’s app here.


Can a bottle of wine really taste better on one day rather than the next just due to the movement of the moon? When does wine really taste best? If you love wine then the When Wine Tastes Best app, free for iPad and iPhone from Floris Books, is for you. The app allows you to quickly and easily find out the best days to drink wine, according to the biodynamic sowing and planting calendar. Find out more about the When Wine Tastes Best app here.


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Featuring nearly 550 novels, stories, memoirs and journals, with LitLong: Edinburgh you can explore literary Edinburgh from the inside. Whether you’re looking to trace a path through a single book or the work of a particular author, whether you’re interested to see how any location has been written about, or whether you just want to wander through some of the many stories that have contributed to the city’s literary history, LitLong:Edinburgh can take you there. Find out more about the University of Edinburgh‘s free LitLong: Edinburgh app here.


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