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iPhone App Review: Entertainment Book Companion

iPhone App Review: Entertainment Book Companion

November 26th, 2010 by

I remember when I was kid, I would paw through the latest Entertainment Book gawking at the colorful ads and delightful coupon offers. I have no idea why a child would be so enamored of a book full of coupons, but perhaps I was just a strange kid. The point here being that the Entertainment Book has been around almost since the dawn of time.

The Entertainment Book now has a smartphone app available that allows you to find nearby merchants with offers and coupon and available, find essential merchant info, call and map locations from directly within the app, search by location or category, and more.

How It Works

The first thing you do when you start up the free app is log in with your membership credentials. You still need a membership for this app to be of use; memberships are localized to specific areas (San Francisco/San Mateo, Calgary, New York City, even Puerto Rico) and are good for one year. Right now, this app is good for 2011 memberships.

Once you’re logged in you can start searching for deals. You can search for nearby deals, see all deals in a given category, save offers for use later, or filter nearby results by category and distance. Looking for a restaurant within walking distance? Tap filter, narrow distance to “1 mile”, and choose the Restaurant category. You can then see all of your nearby results in list view or on a map.


  • You can activate multiple memberships in one app. My demo membership for this review had San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, and Las Vegas. Changing locations is as simple as tapping the location icon from the top right of any screen.
  • You can set your location by GPS or by typing in a ZIP code.
  • You can view coupons and deals for locations outside of your membership, helping you decide if you a purchase would be valuable.
  • You can save or share coupon offer info via email.


The only real drawback to this app is that you need the actual book to take advantage of any offers. That’s right, the app tells you what offers are nearby, but you must then cruise through the book to get the physical coupon to present to the business.

This makes a certain kind of sense I guess, but in a world where I can use my phone as a boarding pass to get onto a plane it seems like something is missing here.

Then again, if you’ve already paid for a membership and received the book, the free app simply becomes a handy search engine for the book itself. That’s not all bad and it doesn’t cost you anything extra.


The Entertainment Book Companion is exactly what it says: a companion to the eponymous coupon digest that helps you find nearby deals. After all, if it helps you use more of the deals and offers you’ve already paid for, then you could say it’s actually making your investment more valuable!

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