If you love to read, you’re probably always on the lookout for new books you might enjoy, new ways to read and a way to keep track of the books you’ve already read. Whether you’re a dedicated lover of a physical book, or like an e-reader, there are some great apps out there for book lovers.
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- Goodreads. Goodreads is a great tool for people who read a lot. Every time you finish a book, you can review and rate it, helping other readers to decide if they want to read it. You can make lists, or ‘shelves’ of books you want to read, and set challenges to read a certain number of books in a year. Read reviews from other book lovers to help you choose your next read. Some authors are active on Goodreads, allowing you to connect directly with your favourite writers.
- Free books. Do you love old classics? As books reach a certain age, they go out of copyright, they can be given away free online. With Free Books, it does exactly what it says. The app is free and so are the books, with lots of classic books available.
- Audible. Most of us don’t have as much time as we’d like to spend reading. Audiobooks are a great way to listen to books, so you can enjoy them while doing something else, like driving or cleaning the house. Audible has a huge catalogue of books available, so you can listen to your heart’s content.
- iBooks. If you’re an iPhone user, you’ll already have noticed iBooks installed on your phone. Unlike most pre-installed apps, iBooks can be very useful. You can download and read books on the app, meaning you can read on the go. There’s also a library of free books available, meaning you can access some books without having to spend a thing.
- Amazon Kindle. The Kindle app is an easy to use e-reader app, which will seamlessly sync across devices. This means that if you started reading a book on your Kindle Fire, you can pick up where you left off on the app on your phone. The app has lots of great built in tools, such as a dictionary lookup, highlighting and customisable font size.
- OverDrive. This app functions like an e-library. You can ‘borrow’ ebooks, videos clips and audiobooks, if you’re a member of a participating library, school or other institution. The app has an automated return service, so you’ll never have any late fees. You can also create wish lists and hold books you want to read.
- Epic! If you’re a parent and want to encourage kids to read, try Epic! which is aimed at children under 12. A monthly fee opens up four reader profiles with access to 10,000 ebooks and audiobooks for children.