April 3, 2024
  • Support for basic html formatting in book/author/collection descriptions (e.g. bold, italics, etc)
  • [Watch] Support for finer-grained playback speed. Tap the label (e.g. “1x”) to show presets
  • [Watch] Fixed an issue where chapter skip controls could show “x of 0” chapters
  • [Watch] Fixed an issue causing book title to be displayed twice on placeholder covers (i.e. when cover images haven’t yet loaded)
  • [Watch] Potential fix for additional “Other” storage usage after downloading a book
March 26, 2024
  • [Watch] Complications should update more reliably when playback progress changes on the iPhone app
  • [Watch] Fixed a crash when downloading large files (2.1gb+)
  • Don’t show watch app purchase button on Settings tab when a paired Apple Watch is unsupported
March 23, 2024
  • [Watch] Added chapter skip controls (under the “…” menu on the now playing view)
  • [Watch] Fixed an issue causing the initial watch app data load to fail
  • [Watch] Fixed a couple of crashes
March 19, 2024
  • Fixed a crash when starting playback from CarPlay when “Show automatically” player setting is enabled
  • [Watch] Fixed a widget/complication load issue
March 18, 2024

Prologue is now available for Apple Watch

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  • Stream books you’re currently reading, or books in your reading list
  • Download books to listen when you’re offline
  • Widget and complications

Prologue for Apple Watch is the culmination of months of work by a single developer. To keep Prologue financially sustainable, I’ve decided to ask for a small extra payment to use the app.

Thank you for the continued support!

- Lachlan

October 11, 2023
  • Widgets can start playback without launching app (iOS 17)
  • New “Play in Background” widget option to restore iOS 16 functionality on iOS 17
  • New “End of next chapter” sleep timer option
  • New “End of selected chapter” sleep timer option
  • Chapter-based sleep timers now display correct time remaining based on current playback rate
  • New gold accent colour (default for new installs)
  • Fixed an issue where widgets wouldn’t refresh after switching libraries
  • Prologue now requires iOS 16
July 13, 2023
  • Internally reworked how book progress is tracked in the app. I’m hoping this fixes the issues some users are seeing with loss of progress
  • Fixed a crash on launch
  • Reduced app size by ~30%
  • Updated Chinese (simplified) translations
June 7, 2023
  • Fixed an issue preventing log file generation
June 6, 2023
  • Minor fixes
May 22, 2023


  • New family-shareable premium tier. Users on the existing Premium tier can upgrade from the Settings tab
  • Redesigned purchase view
  • An error message will now be displayed on the Home tab when Plex authentication fails (e.g. after a password change)
  • Enable text selection for book / collection titles, author names and summaries
  • Library contents are now visible during initial collection/playlist metadata load


  • Fixed an issue causing author list to scroll to top when an author is selected
  • [CarpPlay] Chapter skip buttons now respect the current system theme
  • Fixed a crash on import
September 30, 2022
  • Fixed (another) crash when iCloud storage quota has been exceeded
  • Fixed possible crash on library refresh
September 27, 2022
  • Fixed a possible crash when iCloud storage quota has been exceeded
September 18, 2022
  • Fixed sync issue causing high battery usage in some circumstances
September 10, 2022
  • Lock Screen widgets (iOS 16)
  • Completely rewritten iCloud sync service in preparation for the upcoming Watch app
  • New iCloud status info under Settings > iCloud
  • Support for custom collection/playlist covers
  • Restored functionality to show more than 15 search results
  • An error message is displayed on Home tab if Plex authentication fails (e.g. due to a password reset)
  • Raised minimum iOS version to 15.0
May 29, 2022
  • Fixed a potential crash when displaying Collections tab
May 25, 2022
  • Fixed a rare crash on launch
May 18, 2022
  • Books in the Reading List can now be reordered by dragging and dropping. Order is synced via iCloud.
  • New refresh library button on Home tab
  • Pull to refresh library on Home, Book, Author and Collection tabs
  • Libraries are automatically refreshed in the background when device is charging
  • The “Refresh Now” button under Settings > Metadata should no longer cause the app to hang when loading a large number of files
  • Opening the app from the widget will no longer display a duplicate book view if that book is already displayed
  • Additional Voice Over actions mirroring those available from the context menu
May 1, 2022
  • Fixed a sync issue causing chapters to disappear
  • Library refresh is now available when using VoiceOver
  • Books can now be played from list views directly when using VoiceOver
April 25, 2022
  • Refreshing a library should no longer hang at 100% for an extended period
  • Fixed an issue causing author images to load unreliably
April 12, 2022
  • Sorting books by author now correctly sorts by author, then book title
  • Fixed a few instances where the app was using excessive memory

Note: playlists are temporarily limited to 2500 files while I track down a performance issue. Where possible, use Plex album collections instead of playlists - they don’t suffer from the same performance issues.

April 10, 2022
  • Fixed a widget display issue when not displaying a cover image
  • Fixed a crash on launch
April 4, 2022


  • Book list, author bibliography and collection can now be displayed in grid layout
  • Display collection summaries (requires full library refresh)
  • Support for exporting a database copy (Settings > Storage)
  • New Siri shortcuts:
    • Start sleep timer
    • Extend sleep timer
    • Cancel sleep timer


  • Redesigned book list view
  • Book titles and author names can now span an unlimited number of lines
  • Improved support for large font sizes
  • The Collections tab now sorts collections based on the collection’s “Sort Title”, if set in Plex
  • The app is now smarter about restoring items from the trash
  • Sleep timer now fades volume over a few seconds upon completion (doesn’t apply to “end of current chapter” timers)
  • The “Add bookmark” Siri shortcut now supports adding an optional note
  • Redesigned active sleep timer display
  • Improved performance when loading large playlists/collections
  • Searching on the Authors tab now displays results by author
  • Lots of UI tweaks


  • Seeking before beginning playback now overrides any pending “rewind on resume”
  • Alphabetical indexes no longer overlap books/collections in grid mode on iPad/macOS
  • Fixed library items erroneously being added to the trash when database is suspended while a library refresh is in progress
  • Increase play/pause button tap area