5 Wonderful Apps Every Book Lover Needs to Download
by Karen Green
Even though the act of reading a book can be the simplest, most low-tech activity available to us, there are lots of great ways that technology can enhance our favorite pastime. Apps like these five, available on just about any of the devices we are already carrying around, can make reading easier, more convenient and in some cases, more fun.
From a personal card catalog to a deal finder, these are the apps that every book lover needs in their roster. All of them are free and all of them are very user-friendly. Download them today and get the most out of twenty-first century reading.
Chances are you already know and love Goodreads, for good reason. Keep track of the books you have, the books you want and the authors you love with this review and recommendation app. File books to your own personal shelves and connect with others to follow their reading activity, set up a yearly reading challenge or join one of the many online book clubs Goodreads hosts.
Best feature: the barcode scanner allows you to easily file books to your profile.
If you have a valid library card from school, your municipality or another institution, then you have access to every ebook, magazine, comic, audiobook or video that library has available digitally.
Best feature: your title is automatically returned at the due date, so you’ll never incur a late fee.
Subscribe to this audiobook service and each month you’ll get to listen to at least one book of your choice, and the library is the biggest out there with new releases added every day. The quality is fantastic, and most books are read by a roster of professional voice talent, celebrities or the author of the book.
Best feature: your audiobook library is transferable to any device with the app on it, so you can listen anywhere.
As far as free ebook apps go, Kindle is the go-to, with the ability to use the app to turn any device into an ereader. Their huge catalog includes thousands of free classic books, and the ability to purchase books through the app is dangerously convenient.
Best feature: the app comes with many of the extras a dedicated ereader gives you, including translations, definitions, highlights and more.
Download this free app and tell it what genres you like to read, then wait for daily deals on free and deeply discounted books that you would be interested in. BookBub scans the top ebook sites for sales then curates choices for you based on your interests, but there is also the ability to take a look at different genres, reviews, book previews and other specials.
Best feature: ebooks can be downloaded to the device(s) of your choice.
Is there an app that you love that we missed here? Let us know in the comments!