Monday, July 16, 2012

Book Retriever iOS app identifies titles by reading level

Publishers Weekly reports that Book Retriever, a $0.99 iOS app launched by St. Louis-based K-8 educational distributor Classroom Library, matches children's reading levels with 136,000 titles in its database. The app uses a proprietary database of leveling information based on four leveling systems that was developed by Benjamin and Marla Conn, Classroom Library's founders.

Parents can use a built-in ISBN barcode scanner to determine whether a book is appropriate for their child's reading level, and teachers can use it to create reading lists for their students. The barcode scanner can also be used to build a database of a home's or school's books. The app can also print ISBN barcodes for titles in its database that can be applied to a home's or school's books.
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