Is there anything better than a good book? I don’t know about you but I’m constantly on the lookout for new reads and easy ways to read as much as possible. While many of us love a good paperback or hardback book, you can’t argue that being able to read on your iPhone or iPad is just about as convenient as you can get so of course we have to discuss the best apps for readers.
Here are 5 iPad apps for every book lover.
Now, we have to start with Amazon Kindle! If you don’t have this, go and download it right now. This way, you don’t need to buy a kindle, you can just use the app on whatever device you already have.
If you want to read more, you can easily get out your iPad and read for a few minutes as you’re waiting in line at Starbucks or whenever you have a few minutes to spare. Over the course of a few days, weeks, or months, you’ll be shocked by how much reading you can do in small pockets of time.
Also, stay on the lookout as authors are often giving copies of their ebooks for free or really inexpensively! I’ve been able to try so many new books this way.
Goodreads is sort of like the social media app for book lovers. You can track all of your books from things you want to read, are currently reading, or have finished reading. You can also leave ratings and write a little review for books you’ve read.
The social media part comes in because you can add your friends or family and see what they’re reading. If you ever struggle finding new books to read, you can either see what others are reading or look up one of your favorite books and see what Goodreads recommends under the “readers also enjoyed” section.
You can also check out the “community” tab for giveaways, new releases, interviews, and much more! I even have a friend that has received quite a few free books by entering giveaways so it’s worth giving it a try if you’re always on the hunt for a deal or free book.
If you love to read but feel strapped for cash or just hate the idea of buying books and just reading them once, then Libby should be at the top of the list for best free apps for book lovers. Libby is an app that is connected to your library card so as long as you have a current library card, you’re good to go. If not, just stop by your local library and they can get you a card in about 5-10 minutes, super easy!
Libby gives you access to thousands of both ebooks and audiobooks. You can keep each book for up to 21 days, and then if there isn’t a waitlist you can easily renew it.
This is the ideal way to try out new books without having to invest any money. You can also reserve multiple books at the same time and can place a “hold” on books that you want to read but aren’t currently available. I have to say, I’ve introduced Libby to multiple friends and we’re all obsessed.
Leio is a fun app that will keep you motivated with your reading goals! You can do all sorts of things like time your reading sessions, track your stats on your reading life, learn your typical reading pace, and it will even give you a timeline of how much you need to read to meet any of your reading deadlines.
If you’re someone that is obsessed with tracking and maintaining peak performance you’ll love this. You’ll also find that an app like this is a great compliment to the Flourish Digital Reading Planner where you can track your books, keep your own reading list, save your favorite quotes, and even write down mini book reviews from all the books you’re reading.
Audible is amazing for anyone that prefers audiobooks to paper ones or ebooks. Essentially, Audible is just a big database of audiobooks and it’s owned by Amazon. So, if you’ve ever looked up a book on Amazon you’ve probably seen the option to buy the audiobook version via Audible. If you spend a lot of time in the car or just want something to listen to on a walk or at the gym, give this a try.
Since I also use Libby, I find that Audible is a good choice for those books that you want to listen to over and over again. If you sign up for a subscription you’ll be able to choose a set number of books each month, and of course, you can cancel it at any time.
I hope this has given you some new ideas for book reading apps to check out! And, if you want to take your reading life to the next level, don’t forget to head on over to see the Reading Planner.