Book apps have been around since the iPhone launched apps in 2008, although it wasn’t until the larger screen option with the iPad in 2010 that they really caught fire in the book blogging community. In 2011, book apps were considered for Cybils for the first time.
In this second year, we had the opportunity to consider more than 80 book apps. Of these many fine nominated book apps, we could choose only a small number as finalists for 2012.
There is just one category to consider everything from graphic novel apps aimed at tweens to picture book apps for toddlers (and everything else in-between, including fiction & non-fiction titles). Needless to say, it was very challenging to pick just five apps to move on to the final round.