Put any reading material in front of readers, they’ll read it. No matter if it’s a newspaper, a magazine, or a novel. Even if they don’t read, they’ll check it out at least once.
So intense is their love for reading.
Yet another interesting thing about readers is that they don’t just rely solely on books for reading. They find any source that could give them a good reading experience. Check any reading lover’s phone and you might find 2 or 3 reading apps for sure. Perhaps that’s the reason, developers keep creating apps for readers and there are millions of reading apps in the market. We did a detailed research and picked up the best ones.
Top Reading Apps Specially Picked for People Who Love Reading
The largest online community of readers with 40 million people and 1.1 billion books. There’s a lot to do here: set reading goals, select books to read, submit book reviews, participate in discussions, and so on. You can also connect with friends and see what they’re reading.
- Amazon Kindle
Using Amazon Kindle, you can purchase over 1 million books as well as read a few for free. The app also allows you to borrow ebooks from local libraries. Apart from this: built-in dictionary, Google, Wikipedia, and ‘reading to listening’ switch are an added advantage.
- Google Play Books
Google Play Books has an extensive collection of over 1 million books. You can purchase and read the ones you want anytime. Features such as Night-time reading and unlimited storage are also available.
Scribd lets you choose 3 books and 1 audiobook each month. You can select anything: a novel, a famous magazine, or an academic book. Apart from this, there are trending topics and editor options as well.
In simple words, it will not be wrong to call Scribd the Netflix of Knowledge.
Love audiobooks? Well, then this app is definitely for you. It has a plethora of audiobooks that you can listen to – motivational books, romantic novels, thriller classics, and much more. So, download this app, put your earphones on, and immerse yourself into the magical world of literature.
Use this app to read stories written by common people. You can join the community and publish your own story as well. So, it’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?
BookLight comes in handy when you like a particular line or paragraph of a novel and want to share it with your buddies. The app also doubles as your visual note-taking app.
Librivox has more than 24,000 audiobooks that you can stream online or download for reading later. What’s more exciting is that the books are available in more than 30 languages.
There are over 850,000 books on Bookmate. Out of them, near about 50,000 books are available for free. This means you have a great book-collection to get your hands on.
You can also recommend books to your friends, connect with people having similar interests, and expand your reading horizons. The utility also allows you to take notes.
Great option for those who love poetry! There are thousands of classic and contemporary poems categorised into themes and mood of the reader. You can even search poems by name, memorable lines, and save & share favourites.
- Simple Book Catalogue
As the name suggests, the app lets you organise your entire library so that you can easily find the book you want to read whenever you want.
Leio helps you manage your reading habits and motivates you to keep on reading. Have a quick look at the app and it’ll let you know on which page you’re on and which book you’re reading. It can even predict when you’ll finish it. Cool, isn’t it?
Storyville has a great collection of stories that you can read during free time. Apart from this, you get to read a new story each week. Customizable reading settings and the ability to share stories on social media are an added advantage.
Overdrive offers a lot of reading stuff – eBooks, audiobooks, and video content to stream. Apart from this, there are handy features like automated return and wish lists.
Pocket is a useful app for saving articles, videos, and pages that you can read anytime. You can also save posts for reading later.
Gerty offers a little bit of everything – a customisable eBook reader, library management tools, and integration with apps and services like Facebook, Google Maps, Wikipedia, IMDB, Dropbox, Goodreads, etc. You can do several other tasks like geo-tagging and photo essay creation as well.
Kobo has an extensive collection of books and magazines that you can purchase and read during free time. You can also customize fonts, preview books for free, take free notes, etc.
Apart from this, the reading list is frequently updated. This means you get to read new stuff every time you open it after a while.
Libib assists you in managing a catalogue of your favourite music, books, movies, and video games. This helps you find them easily when you need.
Several advanced options like keyword search, ISBN scan, annotation tool, tagging system, and social feeds for sharing and recommending are also available.
There are lots of reasons to admire Marvin, such as clean and intuitive user interface, adjustable reading options, tons of fonts, integration with Dropbox and other external apps, sharing tools, personalized recommendations, etc.
You can also organise your collections by subject, series, tags, and word count.
- The Paris Review
World’s biggest literary magazine is now available on mobile. Now, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime.
- Moon+ Reader
The best thing about Moon+ Reader is that it is user-friendly and intuitive. Apart from this, it has thousands of books that you can download and read anytime.
You can even customise reading experiences (landscape or portrait mode, font size, night mode, page swiping, auto scroll, etc.) and track your reading stats.
Several additional options like text highlighting, annotating, and dictionary are also available (in pro mode).
- Serial Box
Have trouble reading lengthy novels and books? Serial Box is here to your rescue. This wonderful utility breaks your favourite books into small episodes which are delivered on weekly basis. This way, the anticipation for reading remains alive and you don’t quit midway.
This is just like eagerly waiting for the new episode of the TV serial you admire. Excitement is always on the peak.
- We Read Too
You can gain access to a plethora of reading material with the help of this app, e.g. novels, story books, literary magazines, etc.
QuizUp is a social trivia game but the book-lovers will admire it for sure.
Although not stylish, this app has a plethora of features. Managing your reading life is relatively easy with it. You can keep track of what you’re reading and how much time will take to finish it. You can also take notes on each book or keep a graphical track of your progress.
Indigo is Canada’s biggest bookstore where you can discover and purchase new books. There are also options to curate wish lists and share the books you love with friends.
Readmill acts as your book reader, book discovery tool, and as a platform to share your favourite books with buddies. The utility is something you must have on your phone.
A platform where you can read and share books with your buddies online.
- Disney Storytime
The app is specially intended for kids who love Disney stories. The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White – the app has it all.
- Serial Reader
Serial Reader is specially made for people who don’t like reading because the books are lengthy. The app gives you small sized passages from classic tales to read daily. This helps you prepare a reading habit while not interrupting your daily schedule.
Stanza lets you read the books you love in a variety of formats like ePub, eReader, PDB, and Comic Book Archive. There are also options to access free books from websites like Project Gutenberg and the Random House Free Library.
Nook has a great collection of books that you can read anytime on your smartphone. You can also lend eBooks to your friends for 14 days. There’s a built-in Merriam-Webster dictionary as well.
Great reading app for kids under 12 Years. It has a gigantic collection of over 10,000 books (including audiobooks). Give this app a try.
- Free Books
Read about 24,000 classic tales using this app virtually and lose yourself in the lovely world of reading.
- Comic Zeal
Comic Zeal is intended for people who love reading comics. The app acts as a comic book viewer and a storage app. You can enjoy vintage comics from the famous comic-book repository in the UK, Golden Age Comics.
- Pulse News
The utility keeps you updated with latest headlines, blogs, and magazines. You can also save posts for reading later.
Your one-stop shop to read latest news feeds and informative posts. You can even share your favourite posts on social media.
Exclusive database of over 75,000 comic books, graphic novels, manga, and a lot more. The app is strongly dedicated to comic book lovers.
- Adobe Reader
Last but not the least! Adobe reader is always my favourite. I have read thousands of novels and storybooks on this platform and it has never failed to offer a remarkable experience.
Looking at the current scenario when smartphones have become an integral part of our lives, and people look for change every now and then, apps have come a long way in helping us indulge in our hobbies more frequently in order to break the monotony. Reading being one of the source of great knowledge and information, has certainly become easier to inculcate in our daily lives when it is just one tap away.