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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)

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    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)

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            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)

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                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.

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                  11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                  11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                  Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

                  Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

                  Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

                  1. Lumosity

                  This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

                  Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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                    2. Fit Brains Trainer

                    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

                    Free.

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                      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                        4. Brain Fitness Pro

                        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                        5. Happify

                        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                        Free to use.

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                          6. Clockwork Brain

                          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                          Free.

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                            7. ReliefLink

                            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                              8. Eidetic

                              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                                9. Braingle

                                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                                Free.

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                                  10. Not The Hole Story

                                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                                  Free.

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                                    11. Personal Zen

                                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                                    Free.

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