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Best ebook Reader Apps

Reading books on your phone can only be enjoyable if the app is user-friendly and has all the features you want. Instead of paging through hardcovers and paperbacks, most of us turn to our phones, tablets, and e-readers. Now you can simply read your favorite book on your smartphone or tablet by downloading apps on your device. 

You can browse, buy, and read books in digital form right from your device whenever you want, wherever you want. There are several options out there that might be a good fit for you and your reading habits.

Save your self a little time when narrowing down your search for your best reading apps by checking out our overviews of each below.

Audible

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Audible provides you access to the world's largest selection of audiobooks. The range and quality of audiobooks is breath-taking and readers can consume a vast amount of literature on journeys, waiting rooms, anywhere they can use a phone or a tablet. This enables readers to develop more vocabulary, understanding of style, appreciation of plot and character development and simply to enjoy books.

The Amazon-owned audiobook company offers a balance between price, accessibility and library size that has enticed millions of regular subscribers to the service. The app is free and ad-free, and syncs audiobooks in your account between all connected devices. You can listen to audiobooks even if you are offline.


Wattpad - Books & Stories

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Wattpad is a platform that allows authors to network and build a following of readers. It makes use of technology and community in order to help writers find an audience for their stories, and for readers to find new up-and-coming writers to check out and follow. 

Wattpad Books takes the stories people have obsessed over, and gives them a platform so their creators can be heard.  There are millions of stories written and published as well by amateur authors. It's very easy to search for stories and upload your own; this is a great community for readers and writers to share their passion for storytelling.

 


Oodles Free ebooks

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Oodles offers quality e-books and audiobooks for the always-welcome price of zero. The app offers a large collection of over 50,000 ebooks and 15,000 audiobooks from the public domain. They are classic books from authors such as Jane Austen, Mark Twain, or Victor Hugo. Don’t expect newly released titles or all-time bestsellers, though.

Books are arranged in categories and search feature is great.



Kobo Books

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Find all your eBooks and audiobooks together in one place with the Kobo App. With access to over 6 million titles on your tablet or smartphone, you'll begin to see why Kobo is a very popular choice for many avid readers. 

One of the main strengths of the Kobe iPad app is the appearance and layout of the Kobo eBook Store. Everything is nicely organized and broken down into categories and subcategories. There are different sorting options: best rated, price, bestseller, title, etc. And there are multiple sections for award winners, Oprah's book club, NYT Bestseller list, etc.

Kobo offers their ebooks on a wide range of platforms, with apps for smartphones like the iPhone, Android, Windows and others. Kobo's ebooks will also work with Adobe Digital Editions for viewing on PC and Mac computers, not to mention just about every dedicated ebook reader on the market.


NOOK

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

With access to a database of over one million titles, the Nook app by Barnes and Noble is the perfect smartphone-based companion to your Nook e-reader. 

When you consider that there are over 1 million titles to choose from, choosing a book can be understandably challenging. But selecting the category option from the menu will help direct your search. The categories are grouped according to the B&N Top Sellers, most popular books, top "LendMe" books, steals "n" deals, and, most importantly, books recommended by Barnes & Noble. 


Apple Books

( iPhone, iPad )

The Apple Books app is definitely worth a download for book lovers. Even if you don’t plan on doing much reading on your iPad or iPhone, you can read samples or catch up on a quick chapter. 

The Apple Books Store is packed with thousands and thousands of titles from large publishers and small presses alike. You'll never lack for things to read here and you'll be able to find virtually anything you want. The home screen of the app provides useful recommendations for other books that you may enjoy based on the things you've before in the app in the past. 

The Apple Books app delivers a high-quality ebook-reading and audiobook-listening experience to the iPad and other iOS devices.

 


Kindle

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Kindle is the most advanced book-reading app in the App Store. If you’re a fan of the latest bestsellers, Amazon's Kindle app has the most competitive ebook prices on new releases. It also has a huge selection that goes beyond the traditional publisher offering, giving access to the burgeoning independent and self-publishing world.

The Kindle app also offers a unique feature called Send to Kindle. This allows you to upload documents, such as PDFs and Word documents, to Amazon, which then makes these available to read in your Kindle app.


Google Play Books

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

The app is now a usage hub for different kinds of digital content: ebooks, textbooks, comic books, and – eventually – audiobooks.

The content you can access via Google Play Books Android app syncs across all devices that you have connected to your Google account, for instance, another Android device or the web browser. Other book-reading apps offer translation for a limited number of languages. The translation feature in Google Play Books is powered by Google Translate.


Aldiko Book Reader

( iPhone, iPad )

Aldiko Book Reader is a great alternative to some of the more famous eBook reader apps. It is the perfect e-reader for books in PDF and ePub formats. Aldiko Book Reader does not automatically save a book and hence does not take up memory. However, if you do want the app to save your reading sessions you will need to import the book, which will put the book on its virtual shelf. Aldiko provides several options to adjust font size, font face and background settings to suit the reader’s needs. Aldiko offers a great reading experience with its extensive features.


FBReader

( iPhone, iPad )

FBReader is a highly customizable eBook reader for all types of devices. It is available for devices that run on Android, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, BlackBerry10 and other platforms. You can choose colors, font face, size, animations, bookmarks, etc. to suit your reading style. It organizes your library by authors and titles providing a simple view. It supports several eBook formats and direct reading from zip archives, and is localized for 29 languages! FBReader comes bundled with eight online catalogs that provide access to a large set of eBooks. It is integrated with popular dictionaries like SlovoEd, Fora and ColorDict.


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