Thousands of details have been considered in pursuit of a singular goal: make getting, playing, and managing audiobooks a delightful experience.
The design considerations go well beyond the interface, to things like automatic transitions between parts/chapters (even in the background), using remote/Bluetooth controls, and remembering your place in a book.
Sliders are difficult with long audio. If you mis-slide, you can't get back to where you were, making it is very easy to lose your place. For this reason, Book Mower has no position scrubber. Instead, the app provides easy-to-control skip buttons: jump by specific amounts in either direction. You can customize the amount each button will skip.
Many people listen to audiobooks while driving. Book Mower was designed from the beginning with this in mind.
An easy swipe to Driving Mode, and you never have to take your eyes off the road. Tap anywhere to play/pause, and swipe to jump forwards or backwards by fixed amounts (that you can customize).
Book Mower will keep track of your progress with automatically created bookmarks.
Events, such as chapter transitions, interruptions (like phone calls), and app suspensions, get bookmarked. Just tapping Pause will create a bookmark, so you don't have to do anything special to create one. Then, if you customize any bookmarks — change their name, color, position and/or notes, — you can export them as HTML/CSV/Text.
You can adjust the playback speed just a little, or a lot. Book Mower remembers what you like for each book.
Book Mower works great with remote controls, like Bluetooth or Apple headphones. With any audio, you can play/pause remotely. If you listen to DRM-free audiobooks, you can also skip +/- 30 seconds, and create bookmarks even while the app is backgrounded.
A little bedtime listening? Use the sleep timer. Shake-to-add-time, auto screen dimming, and auto-bookmarks when the timer starts and ends, so you can pick up where you dozed off.
The app's color scheme adjusts to the audiobook cover artwork, and you can easily replace the artwork with a high definition version you find on the web. You can even change the artwork for each chapter/part.
Change file/chapter titles, skip button times, Driving Mode options, and more.
Book Mower supports both DRM-enabled (like from Audible.com or the iTunes store) and DRM-free audiobooks (MP3s from audio CDs, websites, public libraries). It also imports and plays audio files in many formats, such as MP3s, M4B audiobooks, and ZIP files of audio. Wherever, whatever, Book Mower supports it.
Search or Browse through thousands of classic titles available from Librivox.org. Browse audiobooks, and add them to your Bookshelf without taking up space, then download the audio files when you are ready to listen.
The most popular audibooks from iTunes and Librivox.org are displayed automatically, but you can search the entire catalogs of iTunes and Librivox.org. View and download your purchases directly from Listen Up Audiobooks.
iTunes Sync. Import from cloud storage, like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and others. iTunes Shared Files. Direct downloads from any accessible website. Import zip archives of MP3 files and artwork. Add files to existing audiobooks.
Continue using Book Mower while files download in the background over WiFi or cellular, and will show up automatically when completed.