While reading from a screen may seem unforgivably sinful to many book lovers, there is a vast range of mobile applications available that can revolutionize your reading experience and enhance it, giving you access to relevant resources, organizing your virtual bookshelf and instantly sourcing free materials straight to your phone. Here are 10 must-have mobile apps for bookworms.
Join the 20 million members of the Goodreads community and gain access to the world’s largest site for book recommendations. Enjoy browsing personalized recommendations based on previous reads and favorite genres, collating a list of tomes to read using the barcode scanner and taking advantage of the 2,000 completely free public domain books available. You can even have a say in the Goodreads Choice Awards by voting, rating and reviewing, making this the ultimate reading experience.
Wattpad is focused on storytelling, allowing you to read 75 million different stories and upload your own regardless if you’re a published writer or novice. The app enables you to have a more involved reading experience; you can contact the writer and see who else is reading the same stories. You can also read on any device, even offline, for free.
It can often be difficult to find the time to sit down with a book and read without distraction, however the Audible app solves this problem by enabling you to listen to your favorite classics and the new bestsellers on the go. The perfect app for the multi-tasker, you can download new books while listening to another, track your progress and even get insider information on authors, events and more with the Audible newsfeed.
As well as having over 1.5 million books – 300,000 of which are exclusive to Kindle – to choose from, the Kindle app lets you read your favorite newspapers and magazines in high-resolution color — making it a one-stop shop for all your reading needs. Quickly and easily scan through books to find a particular topic or character to explore, instantly get definitions for words and write notes as you go. If you weren’t already tempted you can even check out the first chapter of a book for free before you buy it.
Book Crawler keeps track of every book you’ve read to create a digital library completely unique to you. Using an ISBN barcode scanner it finds all the relevant details for you, complete with Goodreads reviews and local library availability, creating an instant catalogue for you to navigate as you wish. Perfect for students, professionals and avid readers – ensuring you never buy the same book twice.
“Read like you own every book in the world” with the Scribd app, which for $8.99 a month grants you unlimited access to half a million e-books and 30,000 audiobooks in over 80 languages. The people at Scribd aim to evoke a feeling of an old-school local bookstore and give you personal recommendations and additional access to millions of user-contributed documents – real reviews by real people.
For all the times you wished you’d brought a book, eBook Search Pro is here to grant you access to all those books you said you would read one day. Downloadable for all the major e-readers and without any of the sign up fees, the app prides itself on finding all the hard-to-source titles to make up its 2 million strong library. Best of all, it’s entirely ad-free so you can just concentrate on the book in hand.
Describing itself as a “social network for passionate writers, authors and readers,” this app is like having your own book group constantly to hand with whom to discuss your latest page-turner. Find out what other people are reading and share knowledge and ideas to benefit your own reading experience. For those who love combining literature with socializing, Books & Writing Amino is a scholarly haven.
A fun and beautiful way to search for books, Book Wall will find the top 300 books in your chosen search criteria and display them for you in a striking mosaic of book covers. As you narrow your search specifications, books that fall out of your criteria will dissolve away, leaving you with a smaller choice. They say never judge a book by its cover, but perhaps it’s defensible just this once.
No literary list of apps would be complete without an homage to the Bard of Avon, and Shakespeare Pro offers up his entire life works with integrated glossary, breakdowns of scenes and characters, and a random quotation generator to have you quoting him like Sir Kenneth Branagh in no time.