Our 6 Favourite Apps to Rekindle Your Love of Books

Posted on 19th April 2017 in Lifestyle

Written by James Marren

“Thou degenerate flap-mouthed pumpion!” If a Blackadder stretched-vocabulary insult isn’t enough of an incentive to enjoy more literature, perhaps our list of book apps can be the catalyst for your (e)book reading renaissance. Prompted by World Book Day (and knowing how short of time we all are), I’ve asked around the office for recommendations of the best apps currently available to encourage you to reach for a novel rather than the remote.

 1. Goodreads

The Goodreads app aims to help readers discover new books that interest them, offering reviews, recommendations, and more. Perhaps our favourite feature is the barcode scanner, which lets you scan in books that you find at the library or your local bookstore before adding them to your ‘to-read’ shelf. Goodreads works a little like Spotify in that its algorithm is very adept at providing great suggestions of books that you will likely enjoy based on your previous choices.

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You can choose from over 4 million books on Google Play and take your favourites with you for reading offline. We love the flexibility Google Play Books for Chrome offers, as you can use just about any device you own to read any book, anywhere. We’re also fans of the ability to change font and layout, while you’ll find adding notes to margins particularly useful when reading business related books such as the 4-hour workweek.

 4. Audible

If you want to give your eyes a rest then an audiobook could be the solution. Audible boast a collection of over 180,000 audiobooks for purchase and a system for tracking your reading list and reading habits. There are sleep and button-free modes, syncing to Facebook and Twitter and a newsfeed that frequently updates with author events and more. A 3-month free trial is also not to be sniffed at!

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5. Pocket

Whilst not strictly a book app, it’s one we still had to include as we find it so useful. Pocket is a fantastic archiving tool that allows you to save the many articles, videos, and pages you come across that you want to read or watch later. Unlike regular bookmarking, these work offline and on any device – perfect for when you’re stuck on the train (again) without any signal.

6. Kindle

It would be remiss of us not to include Kindle, as the industry leader accounts for nearly three-quarters of eBooks sold in the US and its success wouldn’t be possible without a pretty decent product behind it. It has a library of over a million ebooks that you can sample before purchasing and a good collection of free titles to choose from. It has a built-in dictionary, customisable reading settings, Google, and Wikipedia access, and with the ability to switch from reading to listening, they pretty much have everything covered.

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