Bookends helps writers, researchers, academics, or students collect, organize, and access references in an organized and easy-to-use way. While the free version allows you to store only up to 50 references in a library, the paid version removes that cap, but comes at the hefty price tag of $59.99.
Sheer power: Bookends impresses with its ability to store, search through, and organize references. For academics or students constantly researching and writing papers that require extensive citations, this app has the potential to be an effective time-saving tool.
Online search: Easily accessible with a few clicks through the menu bar, the online search works flawlessly. A variety of sources, including Amazon, the Library of Congress, Google Scholar, and a host of universities can be selected through a drop-down menu. From there, you can search for any title and immediately pull up the reference information and add it to one of your custom libraries.
Unintuitive interface: At first glance, the interface looks plain, with no indication of how the app is to be used. You have to go through a few tutorials to understand most of its functions. On the upside, there are several good video tutorials available on the company's website.
Pro feel: The app feels like many other professional apps, with lots of menu items and little explanation. This is fine for the professional user, but as the app is partly marketed toward students who are likely first-time users of this type of software, a more accessible design would have been more inspired.
Although expensive, Bookends turns out to be a powerful program, an effective option for the academic or writer who is in need of a resource management software. If you're a student, you may find it inaccessible and expensive. Even so, you can still try the free version. However, if the 50 references cap annoys you, you should look for more easy-to-use and cost-effective alternatives.