MANILA - Hand Interactive Inc. launched on Wednesday the country's premiere digital bookstore, providing locally published books and magazines a centralized home online.
Dubbed as "a one-stop digital bookstore," the app buqo carries a wide selection of Filipino reads – including books, magazines, and comics. It doubles as a digital reader as well.
The app boasts of hundreds of titles to choose from, including self-help books by Bo Sanchez, Pol Medina's "Pugad Baboy," periodicals from Summit Media, and children's books from Adarna.
Its extensive catalog also carries classics such as Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and Ibong Adarna, and titles from other familiar publishers like Precious Heart Romances, PSICOM Publishing and OMF Lit.
Developed locally, buqo is relatively easy to use. It follows the similar designs of several other digital bookstore apps available in the market, sporting a simple and functional look.
Navigating is as easy as swiping from one side to another, with the touch interface being highly-responsive, and buying books can be done with a few clicks.
The overall app, however, suffers from a noticeable amount of lag, which can be frustrating when using the built-in reader. But that aside, the reader works as it should, providing users with options for font style and size, brightness and background color.
Downloaded books are stored in-app and can be accessed through several devices using a single account, as well as offline.
The buqo app can be downloaded for free from both the Apple App store for IOS users and Google Play Store for Android users.