comscore Juggernaut Books Android app review: Tailor made for Indian readers and writers
Review

Juggernaut Books Android app review: Tailor made for Indian readers and writers

Digital publishing company Juggernaut has launched its Android app, which has left us quite impressed. Here's our review.

juggernaut-app-review-1

Life in a city is hectic and there’s barely time to breathe when juggling between family and work. It is little wonder then smartphones have become such an important tool for entertainment purposes. Notice how many people watch TV series or movies on their phones when in buses or trains. Even book lovers are now gradually shifting to the likes of Kindle and e-books stores on Android and iOS. While Google Play Books, iBooks and Kindle are already growing in popularity, a new app called Juggernaut Books has launched in India. The app already has grabbed a lot of attention with its association with actor Sunny Leone, who makes her debut as an author on the platform. We have spent some time with the app, and here’s our review. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it

Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends

The Juggernaut application is currently available for the Android platform. An iOS version is coming soon. The app is 12.42MB in size, so it shouldn’t take a lot of time for downloading it on a 3G network or even on a lower-end Android smartphone. From the moment you open the app, the first thing you notice is the clean interface. The login process is quite simple and you can either user your Facebook account or an email id and password to login. After logging in, you are asked to select some genres that you prefer, which the app will then use to recommend books. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android

The app’s home screen retains the clean interface, and you are greeting with colorful book covers and big fonts. With Sunny Leone launching her first book on the platform, her book Sweet Dreams features prominently on the home screen. The app’s content are divided into four different tabs — Discover, Read, Write and Me — and they are pretty much self-explanatory.

The Juggernaut app today launched with 150 titles by Indian and Western authors, and prices of these books start from as low as Rs 10. Dig a bit deeper and you will also come across free books like Agatha Christie’s Philomel Cottage. You can keep exploring to find new books and buy them using either Credit and Debit cards or Paytm, which will then be added to your Read list. The process of exploring books, buying them and then reading it is quite simple and seamless as well.

juggernaut-app-review-2Being an Indian publisher, there is a lot of focus on Indian authors, and you will find books from authors like Rujuta Diwekar, Shyam Bhat, Veena Muthuraman, and Abheek Barua to name a few. Don’t however expect to find books from the likes of Chetan Bhagat or Amish Tripathi for now. The publishing house though promises to add more titles soon.

Now to the reading experience, and let’s just say it lives up to our experience. Scrolling is smooth, and just double click to bring up options to change the font size, paragraph justification, and the page colors as well. You can also highlight a particular line or paragraph and not only save it for later, but also share it on social media or with someone via messaging apps.

To jump to a particular chapter, you can swipe left for a bar with the chapter number. Scroll on the bar to jump to any particular chapter or page you want. This brings us to one feature that we really miss — page flipping. Being a regular Pocket reader, I prefer flipping pages instead of endless scrolling. Another key feature that is missing from the app is Bookmarking, which I believe makes it easier for not-so-frequent readers. This being a new launch, we won’t be surprised if the features are introduced on subsequent app updates.

juggernaut-app-review-3

Another interesting feature is the ability to gift a title to one of your friends, and the process is as simple as adding your friend’s email id. You can also add a small note along with the gift, and could even choose to gift it anonymously. We gifted a book to one of our friend, and she received the mail within a few minutes.

The new Juggernaut Books is not just about reading either, and what separates it from the likes of Kindle and Google Play Books is the ability to write. Being a digital publishing company, the app also has a Write section, which encourages budding writers to submit their work to the company. At the moment, the app wants writers to send two chapters and a synopsis on a particular email id, but soon writers will also be able to publish their work from the app itself.

Apart from selling individual books, the Juggernaut Books app will also start a digital library of sorts with Netflix-like subscription options. Users will be able to choose between paying Rs 15 per day to Rs 299 per month, and get unlimited access to books during the subscription period.

This something similar to Amazon’s ‘all-you-can-read’ Kindle Unlimited service, which too is available in India. It’s subscription rates are a tad cheaper starting at Rs 199 per month, and going up to Rs 1,799 for 12 months (at Rs 149.92 per month). We should also mention that Amazon’s platform currently holds more titles than the Juggernaut app.

The limited number of titles aside, we are quite impressed with the Juggernaut Books app. It’s focus on Indian writers is a welcome change and also differentiates it from other reading apps out there. The soon-to-be-launched Write feature has huge potential to help Juggernaut evolve as much bigger platform. If you love books and writing, the Juggernaut app is worth downloading.

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel. Also follow us on  Facebook Messenger for latest updates.
  • Published Date: April 22, 2016 5:21 PM IST
  • Updated Date: April 22, 2016 5:23 PM IST



new arrivals in india

Infinix Note 10 Pro
Infinix Note 10 Pro

16,999

Infinix Note 10
Infinix Note 10

10,999

Vivo Y73
Vivo Y73

20,990

OnePlus Nord CE 5G
OnePlus Nord CE 5G

22,999

iQOO Z3
iQOO Z3

19,990

Realme C25s
Realme C25s

9,999

Poco M3 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro 5G

13,999

Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max 5G

26,999

Oppo F19
Oppo F19

18,990

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

13,999

POCO M2 Reloaded
POCO M2 Reloaded

9,499

OPPO A74 5G
OPPO A74 5G

17,990

Oppo A53s 5G
Oppo A53s 5G

14,990

Vivo V21 5G
Vivo V21 5G

29,990

Realme C25
Realme C25

9,499

Realme C21
Realme C21

7,999

Realme C20
Realme C20

6,799

Motorola Moto G60
Motorola Moto G60

17,999

iQOO 7
iQOO 7

31,990

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

21,999

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

69,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G
Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G

39,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X
Xiaomi Mi 11X

29,999

Realme 8 5G
Realme 8 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F02s
Samsung Galaxy F02s

8,999

Samsung Galaxy F12
Samsung Galaxy F12

10,999

POCO X3 Pro
POCO X3 Pro

18,999

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

17,999

Realme 8
Realme 8

14,999

Vivo X60 Pro Plus
Vivo X60 Pro Plus

69,990

Vivo X60 Pro
Vivo X60 Pro

49,990

Vivo X60
Vivo X60

37,990

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

64,999

OnePlus 9R 5G
OnePlus 9R 5G

39,999

OnePlus 9 5G
OnePlus 9 5G

49,999

Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72

34,999

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52

26,499

Micromax In 1
Micromax In 1

10,499

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5

49,999

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Galaxy M12

10,999

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

10,999

Motorola Moto G10 Power
Motorola Moto G10 Power

9,999

Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G
Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

25,990

Oppo F19 Pro
Oppo F19 Pro

21,490

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

18,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

15,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

11,999

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

12,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Tecno Spark 6 Go
Tecno Spark 6 Go

8,499

Vivo V20 2021
Vivo V20 2021

24,990

Vivo Y20A
Vivo Y20A

11,490

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola Moto G 5G

20,999

Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro

29,990

Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T

35,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9i
Xiaomi Redmi 9i

8,299

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

39,999

Infinix Hot 10
Infinix Hot 10

9,999

Vivo V20 SE
Vivo V20 SE

20,990

Vivo V20
Vivo V20

24,990

Micromax In 1b
Micromax In 1b

6,999

Micromax In Note 1
Micromax In Note 1

10,999

OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T

42,999

Samsung Galaxy F41
Samsung Galaxy F41

15,499

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

1,29,900

Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

1,19,900

Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone 12 Mini

69,900

Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12

79,900

Poco X3
Poco X3

16,999

Realme Narzo 20A
Realme Narzo 20A

8,499

Realme Narzo 20
Realme Narzo 20

10,499

Realme Narzo 20 Pro
Realme Narzo 20 Pro

13,999

Oppo F17
Oppo F17

16,990

Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51

22,999

Poco M2
Poco M2

10,999

Oppo F17 Pro
Oppo F17 Pro

22,990

Realme 7 Pro
Realme 7 Pro

19,999

Realme 7
Realme 7

14,999

Best Sellers