With the O’Reilly app, you can:
• Read, watch, or listen on the go: Explore books, videos, training sessions, courses, and more—online or off.
• Never lose your place: With automatic syncing, you can start reading on one device and pick up where you left off on another.
• Discover and organize with Playlists: Search for the exact content you want to read, watch, or listen to—then add it to a playlist and revisit it any time.
• Personalize it: Adjust the text display for comfort with font size controls and a night mode setting.
• Find what you need: Get the answers you need, fast, with the ability to easily
search across books, videos, and more.
• Make it work for you: Control the app with an external keyboard.
- Ongoing Live Online Trainings can once again be viewed in the app.
- Crashes, old and new, were addressed.
Ratings and Reviews
Good and improving but long way to go
The application improves with every version but it has a long way to go to get to the gold standard of eBook readers: Kindle. A few irritating aspects that still need to be improved:
1. Better synchronization across devices, particularly laptop and mobile devices.
2. Grouping of books in the queue. Safari finally does this based on topics but it would be good to give users control. For example, I may want to read a few books before others. I would love to put it my a separate folder and focus on its contents.
3. Pagination is not good. I understand this is a philosophical issue but I just don’t like one swath of web page for a chapter. Makes it hard to keep track of where one was if I go back to an earlier chapter to look at something or even a different book. Also make synchronization across devices harder. The best way to address philosophical differences is to give the audience the choice rather than forcing ones view as the “truth”.
The book and other collection is very impressive.
App is Pretty Pointless. Learning Platform is Not Much Better.
I don’t recommend using the app at all. In the old days the app was like an extension to the website where you could easily pick up where you left off. Now all you get are “Trending”, “Upcoming Conferences”, “Recommended For You” and “Recently Added”. No history of what you had been reading or watching on the web. There’s a tab for your playlists, but that’s a poor substitute for a history* view since that means users that often search for several distinct technologies must now save every single result to a playlist.
If you’re fortunate enough to only work in one domain and it uses a trendy technology, the app might be okay. But for anyone that used to use O’Reilly Media as a technical reference library - I’d say save yourself the time and hassle and skip this app.
* - The history feature is also broken in the web interface anyway, so I’m not really sure their learning platform as whole is worth the price anymore. It’s been broken for months now and I think that’s kind of a telling sign. Here you have a media company whose primary focus is publishing technical literature with an emphasis on software development. In that domain is website and app building - and these are the products they release. An app that basically tells you nothing more than Google and a website that only half works. Perhaps the developers should read some of the books contained in the learning platform...
Stop badgering to rate the app
No side by side page layout. Please add this feature for the larger format iPads as landscape mode is easier on the hands. The app Keeps badgering me to give a rating on EVERY device I use every time I revert to the queue. Guess what? I have not used the app enough to know how useful it will be, so by pestering me in this fashion, you have earned yourselves a round zero rating (since I’ve only managed to experience annoying features so far). Congratulations. What brilliant designer thought that interrupting my workflow repeatedly to rate the app is a great idea? Finally, stop asking me to login. One login should suffice unless i am buying something through the app, which is not a feature at this time. If you must ask for credentials, then at least allow fingerprint or Face ID. Whether or not I renew my subscription will depend on content as well as how easy it is to use the app for learning new topics. And please eliminate these annoying interruptions to a learner’s workflow. I may revise my review once I’ve used the app for a few weeks.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.