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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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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