Axis 360 gives library and school users the ability to search, browse and discover ebooks and/or digital audiobooks available for lending through their public library or school with ease. Designed to provide a mobile experience for users of the Axis 360 digital media library, the Axis 360 app lets you sync with your local library or school’s digital collection, allowing you to check out materials in a user interface optimized for your device.
The free app allows you to browse, check out and read ebooks or listen to audiobooks in a single app.
Axis 360 is a service from Baker & Taylor, the premier distributor of books and entertainment products.
This version introduces a list of improvements:
•Your Axis 360 reading experience has undergone a facelift! You will see the
same reader interface, no matter what device you are on. Please Note: Due to the new format we’re using, you’ll have to re-download your eBooks. Also note, your bookmarks and last reading position might not sync initially, but going forward you’ll be good!
•A completely new version of the Audio Engine to address those syncing and audio playback issues!
•Performance improvements and numerous bug fixes to make Axis 360 a better experience.
Ratings and Reviews
Works ok but definitely needs some work
The developers need to open the app in multiple devices. The search feature is horrible. Im hoping its just on the iPad, but i doubt it. Going through my stuff is frustrating because it makes you constantly start from the checked out list, even when “back” should take you back to your wish list. The “read more” link is covered in other links and words so 9 times out of 10 when you try to get a longer synopsis, it takes you to an incorrect link. There can be issues with downloading a book. When it doesn’t finish downloading, it can give you an error with something like you have already downloaded this book. Nothing is more frustrating than when you wait for 4 months on a waiting list for this book and then cant download it because of a glitch. I have used a ton of other book reader apps and this one is the one that’s connected to my library, but the app needs quite a few updates. Please fix it. This could be a fantastic app if you just tweak it a little bit and work out all the bugs. Just use it and when you have to take more 5 extras steps more than usual to get somewhere, fix it.
That New Update
I used to love this app, despite its occasional shoddy downloading and syncopations. It was just a small issue and I could still read my books properly. Now they have this new update where the layout is all different and I really hate it. Maybe it’s just on the phone, but now going to your book is a whole process and takes a long time to load with a stark white screen with a rotating green circle. And when it’s done it doesn’t even show the book. Before it used to be really easy to change the font size, but right now those new “updates” have the fonts ridiculously large that only fit about 10 word on the screen which makes it difficult to read and are preventing me from changing them. They claim the new updates are “fixing” the bugs but now it’s so glitchy. When you try to zoom out the screen behind the pages are a bright garish yellow. When you turn the pages you never know which end of the stick you’re gonna get. Either it immediately changes to the next page and you think somethings wrong, or you wait for about 5 seconds while staring at a white screen with a roaring green circle. The menu is now really difficult to pull up too, you used to be able to pull it up with a tap of your screen but now it never responds. Overall I am extremely disappointed with the new updates, and I would really prefer it if they changed it back to how it was.
Problems with both ebook and audiobook
I am so mad that my library switched to this app for books. I have had more than one book that I check out and download, only to discover that the only thing available to view is the cover page. I have tried to remove the book and redownload, but does not work. I have even returned and checked out the books again, but that does not work either. What is particularly frustrating is to be on a waiting list for a book for weeks, only for this issue to arise.
Now I am having issues with an audiobook. My kids and I have been listening to a kids book while on a car trip. At one point the book did not move to the next chapter, but just abruptly stopped. I hit play, only to discover that we were no longer at the same place. I couldn’t remember what chapter we were on, and wasn’t about to search while driving, so we had to wait to restart the book. We did start it back up and listened to it successfully for that day’s drive. But when I went to start it a couple days later for our return trip it will not load. It just spins and tells me it is loading, and eventually the app closes. I tried removing and redownloading the book. Nope. So I am now facing a long car trip without the book to help keep my kids quiet and entertained. Thanks, Axis 360 for the hellish car trip I am now facing.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.