If this is not an app, then what is it? With This Is Not an App, you’ll transform your tablet or phone into a place to stash secrets, a way to procrastinate, a spot to record dreams and memories, a living picture frame, a souvenir of the world, and more. Discover a world of possibility right at your fingertips, using fun drawing tools and more than 50 ideas to inspire your creative process.

From the creators of Wreck This App comes an imaginative exploration into all the different things an app can be. Daily Candy calls the app “…a genius application from the mind-bending team behind cult-loved alterna-journal This Is Not a Book.” Based on the idiosyncratic favorite by author and illustrator Keri Smith, This Is Not an App “…offers perhaps that most elusive thing: a chance to be creative,” according to Wired Insider.

What’s New

Version 1.4

Version 1.4 fixes minor bugs and simplifies sharing

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings
duprey ,

Love it

I like this app just as much as the book. On the app we need more pages or be able to add pages. And add the other books you made too ... On the iPad thanks

Jai(me) ,

Very Nice

After reading some unfavorable reviews online I was hesitant to purchase this app. If I recall, someone said that the app was developed specifically for the unimaginative. After trying it out, I respectfully disagree! As far as recording insightful thoughts, I am an avid art journalist. I use mixed media for my hard copy, as well as a digital art journal on my iPad. I may be many things but unimaginative certainly isn't one of them. If you can't turn these prompts into a creative outlet then I fear it may be you who is lacking in imagination. I love this app for a quick creative burst!

Violet Loves Apps ,


I think it's very unfair when people give an app one star and bring down its entire rating just because they can't figure something out. It's really not the apps fault.. Anyway, I love this app.

I'm a multimedia artist, musician and writer and this app is absolutely perfect for me. It's a great way for me to ease myself into art mode, and it helps me de-stress AND get my creative juices flowing again if I'm taking a break from a long recording session or a tedious writing assignment.

It's fun and stimulating enough that it's not boring - but it's not so overly involved & complicated that you don't want to engage with it when your mind is already active. And the option is there to take it a bit deeper and use it as a tool for self self-reflection. Definitely recommended for artists of any kind.

Looking forward to the next update!


Pearson PLC
56.9 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).
English, German
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)


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