It is a good time to be a book reader. There seem to be no end to engrossing literature these days and we have more ways than ever to read them. Even though nothing can beat the feeling of the good old paperback or hard cover, our reading habits have undergone a massive shift .
Ebook readers, tablets and laptops are all fine but if you are an avid book lover, a few books to turn to when you have time never hurt. The good thing is that your trusty old smartphone is more than up to the task of satisfying your literary cravings.
We take a look at some of the best reading apps on mobile, and why they deserve a place on this list:
Aldiko Book Reader
Want to have an app that lets you download thousands of free classics and modern books straight to your smartphone / tablet? Aldiko makes things dead simple for book readers. It features a beautiful shelf user interface and your books neatly arranged and bookmarked.
If you don’t have a PC or hate a subscription based service to download books, Aldiko Book Reader is the app for you. Its designed for the casual users. Anyone can search or discover their favorite books right from the Aldiko app and their online books collection continues to grow day by day.
Readers can take advantage of an in-app dictionary and features such as night time reading, fully customizable fonts and easy navigation functionalities. It supports your own ebooks too in EPub and PDF formats.
Download : Aldiko Book Reader (Android)
Another beautiful book reading app for Android, Moon+ Reader recently got a Material Design-inspired makeover.
Moon+ Reader features support for all major file formats such as txt, html, epub, pdf, mobi, umd, fb2, chm and OPDS. In fact it goes a little forward and also opens CBR / CBZ files, perfect for the comics and manga fans out there.
Most of the standard features such as annotations, night time reading, customizable reading experience, bookshelf are available in Moon+ too. It is also designed to work with multiple online book sites too.
Moon+ Reader is also available in the Pro version, adding more fantastic features like voice reading, password protection, save to cloud services (Dropbox and GDrive for now), and more. Also, PDF support is only available in the pro version. The free version has all the basic features baked in but with some ads showing up occasionally.
Everyone knows that Amazon started as the world’s first online books marketplace. It is only natural that the company has its own dedicated mobile app that wants readers to take advantage of its Kindle platform to purchase and read books for the world’s biggest book marketplace.
The Kindle app is a capable book reading app in its own right and its deep integration with the Amazon ecosystem is a boon for people who are always looking to buy the latest new best seller and literary sensation online. And whats more, you can read the first chapter of these new books for free! Great for trying before buying purposes.
Kindle also gives you access to free ebooks plus a built-in dictionary, Google search and Wikipedia support. One major advantage that the Kindle app has over the others is that it is available on multiple platforms – web, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry. Your books and reading progress will be synced across all devices.
Download : Amazon Kindle (Android Version)
There are so many other book reading apps available out there. Share with us what’s your go-to mobile reading app and why it deserves a mention.