We have been keeping a secret here at Union Park Press. Not only are we about to release our newest book, Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, but we are also about to launch our first smartphone app! While we were working on the book over the past few months, we realized that there was so much interesting information about Boston’s barrooms—both historic and contemporary—that we had to publish a complementary guide alongside the book. Now readers can dig in deep while reading Drinking Boston (the book), but can also use the Drinking Boston app while out and about exploring Greater Boston’s barrooms firsthand.
If you are scanning the QR Code on the back on the book, the coaster, or elsewhere, here’s how to get the App saved to your phone. This is a lot simpler than it seems, we promise.
Here’s how it works:
- Using a QR code-scanning app on your smartphone, scan the code on the coaster, the back of the book, or anywhere else you find the code. (QR code- scanning apps can be downloaded for free via the iPhone App Store and Android Marketplace).
- You will now be able to see and use the app. If you want to download the app to your smartphone for future use, follow the directions according to the type of phone you have:
- For iPhones: Open the app in your browser (Safari). Here, you will have the option of hitting the arrow button on the bottom of your screen and selecting the option of “Add to Home Screen”, which will save the app to your smartphone.
- For Androids: With the app open, bookmark the URL. Then, in your list of bookmarks, use the shortcut to save the app to “home” – this will vary slightly across devices.
Be sure to check out the Drinking Boston book trailer, which gives readers a bit of a sneak peak at what they can expect from this exciting new book.
While the book’s official release date isn’t until November 1, it is available for pre-order here, and will be showing up on your favorite bookstore’s shelves in the coming weeks. The book will also be available for sale at the upcoming Boston Book Festival, on October 27.