Go Books

Go Books

By Smart Go, Inc.

  • App Category: Book
  • Release Date: 2011-04-11
  • Current Version: 4.6.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 19.34 MB
  • Developer: Smart Go, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS 8.0
App Ratings: 4
Based on 156 Reviews

Go Books App Description

Enjoy high-quality books about the game of Go on your iPad and iPhone. Replay moves and solve problems directly within diagrams. A better experience than printed books, at half the price. Features: - Free chapter for each book. - Play and replay moves in diagrams. - Interactive problem diagrams. - Text enhanced with inline diagrams. - Links to pro games in SmartGo Kifu. - Add your own notes anywhere in a book. - Adjustable font and layout. - Some multi-lingual books (Japanese, German, French & Spanish). - Buy once, read on iPad, iPhone, and Mac. SmartGo Books currently offers more than 130 Go books that you can buy using in-app purchase; more books are in the works. To help you choose, the free “Guide to Go Books” provides clues as to which books might be appropriate for your level. Getting started: - “Learn to Play Go” (vol. 1-5) by Janice Kim 3 dan & Jeong Soo-hyun 9 dan - “Go: A Complete Introduction to the Game” by Cho Chikun 9 dan - “So You Want to Play Go?” (levels 1-4) by Jonathan Hop For more than 20 years, the Elementary Go Series books have been the standard texts for Go players who want to get a firm grasp of the fundamentals. Not only is the theory of Go explained clearly and simply, the reader is also given problems to show how these theoretical concepts are applied in actual games. - “In the Beginning” - “38 Basic Joseki” - “Tesuji” - “Life and Death” - “Attack and Defense” - “The Endgame” - “Handicap Go” Improving your technique: - “How Not to Play Go” (Spanish & French & English) - “Double Digit Kyu Games” - “Single Digit Kyu Game Commentaries” (vol. 1 & 2) - “More Go by example” - “Basic Techniques of Go” - “Fundamental Principles of Go” - “The Workshop Lectures” (vol. 1-5) - “Cho Hun-hyeon’s Lectures on Go Techniques” (vol. 1 & 2) – “Counting Liberties and Winning Capturing Races” - “Tesuji and Anti-Suji of Go” (out-of-print) - “Making Good Shape” - “All About Ko” - “Key Concepts in Life and Death” - “How to Destroy and Preserve” (out-of-print) - “Sabaki – How to Manage Weak Stones” (out-of-print) - “Punishing and Correcting Joseki Mistakes” (out-of-print) - “Correct Joseki” - “Vital Points and Skillful Finesse for Sabaki” Problem books: - “Black to Play! Train the Basics of Go” (German & French & Spanish & English) - “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (vol. 1-4) - “501 Opening Problems” & “501 Tesuji Problems” - “Rescue and Capture” & “Tricks in Joseki” - “Get Strong at Life and Death” & “Get Strong at the Endgame” - “Shuko: The Only Move” (vol. 1 & 2) – “Gateway to All Marvels: The Xuanxuan Qijing of 1347” - “The most difficult problem ever: Igo Hatsuyôron 120” (German & English) “Invincible: The Games of Shusaku” by John Power has been widely acclaimed as a masterpiece on one of the greatest Go players who ever lived. Enhanced with in-diagram replay, inline diagrams, and links to referenced games, be prepared to experience this classic in a whole new way. “The Life, Games and Commentaries of Honinbo Shuei” by John Fairbairn provides a full-length biography, detailed commentaries on 79 of Shuei's games tracing the development of Shuei's elusive style, and a collection of Shuei's commentaries. A must-read for every serious Go player and student of Go history. Pro game analysis: - “Master Play: The Style of Lee Changho / Go Seigen / Takemiya / Kitani Minoru & Cho Chikun” - “The Games of Fujisawa Shuko” - “Modern Master Games: The Dawn of Tournament Go” - “The Go Consultants” - “Patterns of the Sanrensei” (Japanese & English) - “Understanding Pro Games” & “Deep Thought” (vol. 1 & 2) - Books on games by O Rissei, Naoki Hane, Keigo Yamashita, Go Seigen, Takemiya Masaki, and Sakata Go is a 4000-year-old board game that originated in China. The two players take turns placing stones in an effort to surround territory. The rules can be learned in minutes, yet the complexity of the game provides lifetime enjoyment. Also known as baduk, wéiqí, and igo, it is played by millions of people worldwide.


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App Reviews

  • The graded problems.

    By Trungdle
    You can actually play the graded problems from the books in this app! That is a great feature.
  • Diagrams Make eBooks Better Than Paper Versions

    By Happy User 99999999
    The ebook format used in this app was designed with go books in mind. The diagrams, which are key elements of go books, have powerful features. When reviewing a game rather than just studying the numbered stones you have the option of actually stepping through the moves and watching the board evolve. Also, you can play problems out in the app. I had a small library of paper books which I've been replacing with Go Book versions because they're so much better than paper.
  • Better than paper

    By TAndersen42
    Being able to play out a sequence of moves right on the page is incredible. I would never buy a paper version of a book available in this app.
  • I Love GoBooks

    By MsKrump
    The app has books for every level player. I love the interactive problems. I have some of the same books as hard copies but really enjoy watching the progression of stone placement. All the books work perfectly. I have not had one problem using my phone or iPad. A+ all the way.
  • Pleased as punch

    By Emile000
    The feature where you can play the examples rather than have to mentally visualize them alone is worth several time the price of admission.
  • Epic Fail

    By Skahnn
    I bought this app a few years and now it will not even download much less update. To be fair, it runs fine on my iPad Air 2, but won't even install on my iPad Mini 3.
  • Clunky. Not there yet.

    By PresJPolk
    UI is obscure. Unclear how to return to start of book. Purchases forgotten after every new version. Amateur hour.
  • Excellent study aid!

    By Mike366363
    I love the longevity of physical books, but for actually making use of them there is no way better than this program. The catalog of books continues to grow, and I love that for about the cost of a latte I can expand my mind a few additional bits
  • Amazing

    By jabotscrob
    It certainly crushes the chess book readers. I've bought a good number of the books in the app and never had a problem. Really wonderful implementation.
  • May be a work in progress. But needs more progress

    By linuxdaemon
    This format is really a revolutionary way of viewing go books. So for that the app is really great. As a book app though the interface is really frustrating. Bookmarks are able to be set but I have no idea how you actually view them again. There is no index of bookmarks or anything to view ones that are set. Adding notes is a cool feature but it displays as if the note is part of the document with a confusing bookmark icon next to it. You can recover purchases on other devices using an email address, but it isn't a synced book. So you don't transfer your progress in a book or any notes or bookmarks. I also wish there was some integration with smartgo kifu where I could send problems from books over to that app so I could track ones that I am having difficulty with all in on place. I think this has a tremendous amount of potential, and there really isn't any other app competing with this. I just hope the overall interface can evolve into something truly amazing.