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8 Best Book Apps You Should Not Miss

8 Best Book Apps You Should Not Miss
Thanks to a large number of great book apps, the digital revolution is something book lovers can finally get behind. App developers have created a multitude of different ways to read and enjoy reading on your computer, phone or tablet over the past few years. Here are eight book apps in particular that have the ability to change how you read forever.

1. Kindle (Free)

Kindle
    One of the most prominent book apps on any platform is Amazon’s Kindle app. One of its best features is that you can highlight text in the book you’re reading, which is then uploaded to the cloud so that you can also access your highlights through your Amazon account. That feature makes it easy to copy your highlights into a text document or digital notebook like Evernote.

    2. iBooks (Free)

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    iBooks
      iBooks is Apple’s official book app offered, and is easily the most convenient way to buy and read a book on your iOS device. The more casual book app user will appreciate that as well as iBooks’ sleek design. If you want something a little more powerful, though, you’ll have to venture outside of Apple’s default software.

      3. Calibre (Free)

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        Calibre is one of the book apps for more adventurous consumers of digital books. Created for PCs and Macs, it’s an extremely powerful piece of software that, among other things, allows you convert the files you get from services like Kindle and iBooks into the format of your choosing. You can also remove the Digital Rights Management DRM that limits what you can do with the thing you purchased with plug-ins. If you want more control over your digital books, Calibre is what you need.

        4. eBookMobi ($1.99)

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          If you want to read any kind of file format you can think of, eBookMobi is your best choice. It can read PDFs, MOBIs, EPUBS and even file types designed for reading comic books, like CBR and CBZ. If you have digital books from a wide variety of sellers in a number of digital formats and want to store them all in one place, eBookMobi is a mandatory download.

          5. Pocket (Free)

          Pocket
            Pocket is best known as a service that saves articles online for you so you can read them at a later date. However, Pocket can save almost any kind of web-based content, including books or short stories posted on the internet. If there’s reading material only published on the web that you want to check out, Pocket is one of the best book apps to store and and read it with.

            6. Audible (Free)

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            Audible
              As great as reading is, a book apps list wouldn’t be complete without the premier way to listen to audiobooks. That would being us to Audible. The app itself is free, and by signing up for its subscription service you get a free credit that pays for one audiobook of your choice. After that, it’s $14.95 a month for one credit or the much better deal of $22.95 for two credits. If $23 sounds like a lot to you, I’d recommend sharing your Audible account with a friend so that you both save over $3 each month. One of the book app’s best features is that you can access your audiobooks on nearly any device through the cloud. Even if you end your subscription, your books will still be there for you to grab at your convenience.

              7. Shakespeare Pro (Free/$9.99)

              Shakespeare
                This is one of only a few book apps that has you covered if you’re a Shakespeare aficionado, and it’s easily the best of the bunch. It includes all of Shakespeare’s work, along with a glossary and a number of ways – easy and hard – to consume the literature.

                8. GoodReads (Free)

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                Goodreads
                  Great book apps aren’t limited to apps in which you actually read books. The GoodReads app makes it easy to connect with a larger community of readers, giving you the opportunity to share your book collection (whether it be in print or digital form) and offering a wide selection of reviews for thousands upon thousands of titles. With the first seven book apps on this list you have ways to consume the work. With GoodReads, you can start interacting with others to enrich the reading experience even further.

                  Featured photo credit: iPad library/Owni /-) via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on May 14, 2019

                  8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                  8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                  Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                  1. Zoho Notebook
                    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                  2. Evernote
                    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                  3. Net Notes
                    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                  4. i-Lighter
                    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                  5. Clipmarks
                    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                  6. UberNote
                    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                  7. iLeonardo
                    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                  8. Zotero
                    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                  I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                  In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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