I’m excited to announce our newest enhancement to our big event–a National Book Festival App for smartphones hit the streets today! We’ve been keeping this little beauty under wraps as we’ve worked to develop a complete guide and a wonderful festival-at-your-fingertips experience.
Now, if you use an Apple iPhone, iPad or Android device, you can download a free, full-featured app with a complete schedule of author talks, book signings, special presentations and fun activities. Start by putting together your own customized schedule before you arrive on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Then use the app to navigate around the Walter E. Washington Convention center and get from one presentation or activity to another. Rate the events you attend (1-5 stars). Take photos in each presentation and use the app to post them to your Twitter or Instagram account automatically. Maybe you’ll see your photo and message on the Social Media Wall, both in the app and on display at the Convention Center.
On top of that, you’ll have access to author bios, sponsor profiles, and even be able to send messages to other festival attendees. At the end of the day, take a survey to tell us about your experience.
What, your smartphone isn’t iOS or Android? Not a problem, there’s a fully-functional web version for you folks, too.
And it’s all free! If you use your smartphone as much as I do–and if you’ve gotten overwhelmed by the thought of 175 authors, dozens of special presentations and activities and 12 hours of National Book Festival to manage–this may be just the app you’ve been waiting for.
More details on the National Book Festival App here, and you can find all of the links to download your version here. Check it out and start planning your schedule for the big day.