Sunday, May 27, 2012

Some E-Books and iPad Apps of Interest

Since purchasing my iPad several months ago I have been spending more time reading E-books than I did on my Nook. I have found that the larger screen on the iPad makes for a more pleasurable reading experience. I have purchased several books and a couple of Apps that I think are worth mentioning. I have found that having all of the reading apps makes it possible to get the best price and find the best selections of E-books. So I use the Kindle, Nook, Ebook, and iBook apps. I find that the Kindle store has the widest selection of books, and that the iBook app is great for viewing downloaded PDFs and other documents that you find on the net. Although there are tons of out of print books that you can find online, such as those on the Internet Archive, there are also some good deals on purchased books as well. Below are a few of those I have purchased.

Kindle Books

Faith of Our Fathers (Annotated) - is only 99cents and is a great book on the basics of the Catholic faith.

Open Letter to Confused Catholics- Angelus Press now has some books available in Ebook format for only 5.95.

Bringing Jesus to the Desert- This nicely illustrated book is a basic history of desert monasticism, 9.99.

The Divine Office in The Middle Ages- A series of essays on the divine office. A 160.00 hardback book available for only 7 bucks at the kindle store!

The Catechism of the Council of Trent is available for only 1.99

Pray Hope and Don't Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio- Only 9:99

Icons Speak: Their Message- I enjoy reading about iconography and this is a good book to read about the theology of the icon.

Puritan's Empire - A history of the US from a Catholic perspective.

Nook Books

Abandonment to Divine Providence- A new edition of a classic.

Journeying to God: Seven Early Monastic Lives- A nice book on the early monastics.

The Art of the Icon: A Theology of Beauty- Another nice book on icons in the Church.

A Bitter Trial- A short book of letters between Evelyn Waugh and Cardinal Heenan concerning the liturgical disaster following VCII.

Ibooks app will keep you busy downloading free PDFs for a long time!

BrevMeum App- You can download this from the apple app store and then have the Latin Mass breviary at your fingertips for every hour of the day! No more turning pages back and forth trying to find your place.  Latin on one side, English on the other.

1 comment:

KnotWilbur said...

Hi Matt,
may I make an additional suggestion? iPieta is a wonderful app, especially given that it's 2.99. Pulled from their website, this is a partial list of contents:

Catholic Bibles in the public domain with excellent English-Latin correspondence: Douay-Rheims, Latin Vulgate.

Scripture can read as English, Latin, or in English-Latin. The latter mode can displayed either as side-by-side or verse-by-verse. Chapters are easily accessed with the indexed tables. The entire chapter is displayed.

Either the Ordinary (or Novus Ordo) Calendar or the Extraordinary (or Traditional or Tridentine) Calendar can be displayed. Toggle between calendars by shaking the device. The default calendar type can be set to Novus Ordo or to Tridentine or to "Last Type". The latter setting remembers which calendar was used last and applies that setting.

The Novus Ordo Calendar can be displayed in table format for Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, or Wales. (The default can be set in the "Settings" Tab.)


Sacred Heart
Passion of our Lord
Holy Mass
Holy Spirit
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Total Consecration to Jesus in Mary
Our Lady of Sorrows
Basic Marian Prayers
Marian Devotions
St. Joseph
Basic Prayers
Angel Prayers
Saint Prayers
Prayers to St. Jude
Prayers to St. Anthony of Padua
Examination of Conscience
FREE and OPTIONAL AUDIO is available for many prayers.

Substantial prayers include:

An older (public domain) version of the Little Office of our Lady
33-day preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus in Mary
Ordo for the Traditional Mass
Novena to the Holy Spirit
St. Alphonsus Stations of the Cross
The St Bridget 1-Year and 12-Year Prayers.

Veritas / Search:

The entire Veritas section as well as the Douay-Rheims Bible is indexed for searching.
Search is the first row in the Veritas table.
Saint “Cliff Notes” (incomplete)
An on-going feature; succint overviews of the lives of the Saints; written by the iPieta Team
Baltimore Catechisms #1, #2, and #3
Catechism of Christian Doctrine (Promulgated by Pope St. Pius X)
Introduction to the Devout Life, by St. Francis De Sales
The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas Kempis
True Devotion to Mary, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort
Love of Eternal Wisdom, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort
Friends of the Cross, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort
The Secret of Mary, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort
The Dialogue, by St. Catherine of Siena
The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus, by St. Teresa of Jesus
The Way of Perfection, by St. Teresa of Jesus
Interior Castle, by St. Teresa of Jesus
Treatise on Purgatory, by St. Catherine of Genoa
Instructions on the Catechism, by St. Jean-Marie Vianney
Selected Explanations and Exhortations, by St. Jean-Marie Vianney
Excerpts of Sermons, by St. Jean-Marie Vianney
Ascent of Mount Carmel, by St. John of the Cross
Dark Night of the Soul, by St. John of the Cross
Spiritual Canticle, by St. John of the Cross
Living Flame of Love, by St. John of the Cross
The Catechetical Instructions of St. Thomas Aquinas
The Roman Catechism (also knows as The Catechism of The Council of Trent or The Catechism of Pope St. Pius V)
The Summa Theologica, by St. Thomas Aquinas
Haydock's Bibilical Commentary
Catena Aurea (St. Thomas Aquinas' collection of Church Fathers on the Gospels)
The Dolorous Passion (Ven. Catherine Emmerich)
Fathers of the Church (Eerdman's version)
Spiritual Exercises (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
The Sinner's Guide (Ven. Louis of Granada)
The Rule of St. Benedict
Consolation of Philosophy (Boethius)
Confession of St. Patrick
Abandonment to Divine Providence
The Cloud of Unknowing

I bought it for my work phone, a couple years ago. It's on my work iPad, and I bought it for my home cell phone (android). If they would release it for the Mac OS, I'd buy it for that.