It’s easy to keep on top of your reading list when everything is on your phone. Whether you’re at home or on the train, you can pull up a book and resume reading from where you were. If you want to get started with eBooks, it’s a good idea to pick an app that suits your needs best.
Listed below are the best eBook reader apps available for iOS and Android.
1. Amazon Kindle
Did you know that the Internet megastore started its life selling books? These days, they have a vast collection of books, both physical and digital. Authors can self-publish their works through Amazon, so you have a lot of books to choose from.
The Kindle app has some nice features behind it, Buying eBooks is quick and easy, and you can enable useful features that enhance your reading experience. For example, the app will tell you how long you have to go until the next chapter based on your reading speed. This means you’re never flicking forward to see how many pages you still need to read before you can go to bed!
The Kindle app is your best choice if you do all your eBook shopping through Amazon. If you want to import books from outside Amazon or want to export your Amazon purchases to other readers, it gets a little tricky.
2. Google Play Books
Google Play is the other technology giant in the eBook market. While Kindle keeps its audiobooks separate in the Audible app, Google Play Books merges both the eBook and the audiobook world for easy selection in one app.
Google Play Books is especially useful for power Android users. It’s compatible with Google Assistant, meaning you can play and resume audiobooks from a “Hey Google” command. You can even tie your audiobooks to a Google Assistant routine and wake up in the morning to the sound of your stories.
While importing books into Google Play Books is easier than Kindle, exporting your purchases is still a pain. As such, while Kindle is best for Amazon shoppers, Play Books is best if you only intend to buy media on the Google store.
Available On: Android
That’s enough of the big league apps – how about one that allows you to read what you want when you want? AIReader is a great app that allows you to import books quickly and easily. Simply download the books to your phone, then tell AIReader to scan your phone for books. It will automatically find and display every book it finds.
Looking at the reading experience, you can quickly toggle between light and dark modes and easily bring up the chapter menu. AIReader can also use text-to-speech to read a book, essentially turning any eBook into a somewhat robotic-sounding audiobook. You can also turn on auto-scroll, which slowly reveals the next page from the top down. By the time you reach the bottom of the first page, the second will already be half-revealed, allowing you to continue reading without lifting a finger.
Unfortunately, AIReader skimps a little on the UI department. While it does have some impressive features, navigating the menus can be bothersome and annoying – at least until you get used to the layout.
Scribd uses a different model than the above apps. While the previous apps use books you’ve bought, Scribd is more like “Netflix for books.” You pay a monthly fee and get access to a library of books. This makes Scribd the perfect companion for the avid reader who doesn’t want their habits to put a dent in their finances.
Unfortunately, much like Netflix, books on the service aren’t guaranteed to be there forever. As publishers come and go, the book you were reading one day might be removed the next. As such, it’s not the best choice for having a permanent library that won’t go away.
Read on the Go
Reading eBooks on your smartphone is a great way to keep your books with you at all times. Wherever you take your phone, your books come with you, meaning you’re never caught short while waiting for the dentist!
Which app is your favorite? Or perhaps we missed a stellar app that deserves mention? Let us know below!