3M Cloud Library
By 3M Company
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The 3M™ Cloud Library allows you to borrow and read eBooks and eAudiobooks from your local public library for free. Your library needs to subscribe to the service and you will need your library card and PIN to access the content. Navigation and personalization makes it easier than ever to find eBooks or Audiobooks from your local public library. This app includes a fully functional reader allowing the user to read their eBook directly in the app, as well as bookmark and save the position of their book across devices. It also includes an Audiobook player, allowing the user to download, play and listen to their books offline.
What's New in Version 2.3
Improved eBook reading experience
Page turn animation
Navigation history when following links, TOC or bookmarks
Chapter reading progress
Bookmark, Highlights, Notes improvements
Reading progress of borrowed books displayed in My Books
Bug fixes including iOS9 issue with Browse
Disappointing but I use it anyway
It is one of the better library apps out there but there are many weird, stupid and seemingly easily fixable flukes. Many times I have discovered that the second book in a trilogy is unavailable merely because they were too misguided to realize that there was actually a second book in a trilogy. The 1st and 3rd books were there. This only occurs with trilogies for whatever reason. Also sometimes they have the misguided idea that people don't want to read book anymore in the middle of a series and they randomly remove it. When I tried to reread a book the app told me that it has been taken off but that only because I had read before could I specifically request it back for a short amount of time. I just don't understand this. Also the wonderful feature of highlighting a word to get it's definition pretty much disappeared as it selectively will tell you what words mean. I don't need to know most words. It can't define words with hyphens, commas or periods especially.
I had to upload this app so I could access certain eBooks through my library. It does a fair job as a basic reader, but it lacks in performance, usability and navigation features.
It can be incredibly slow to load or reload text from a book. There is only one font you can use and only two sizes- too small or too large. Returning to your place in the book after viewing a footnote link is frustrating and there doesn't appear to be any way to jump to bookmarks you've placed. Page turning seems erratic- sometimes just tap at the edge of the page works, other times you need to drag the the page across.
However, it's a free app and allows you to access titles that might not be readily available through other eBook resources your library offers.
Not a good "update"
I love that you can search within the text, but wow, this update really removed a lot of features! I also have an older device, and this "update" reverts to some of the more difficult ways of doing things of the first version. What happened to the page number at the bottom of the screen and justified text? Oh wait, now I see the page number, but why do I have to tap the screen to see it??! At least the old version had the page numbers on the side of the page and a black progress line across the bottom!
One thing that I hope will show up in the future is maintaining the same brightness as the text on the search, contents and bookmarks pages. It's disturbing when reading at night to go to the bright screens.
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- Category: Books
- Updated: Sep 30, 2015
- Version: 2.3
- Size: 32.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: 3M Company
- © Copyright 2012-2015, 3M Company
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.