Whether you’re a fan of fiction, or you can’t get enough of the latest autobiography, the world of books is a wonderful one to dive into. If you can’t quite find it in your heart to give up your paperbacks, you can still experiment with enjoying books in a more hi-tech way by downloading a few great apps onto your iPhone. From audiobooks to more unusual and quirky literary apps, we’ve rounded up the best four to help you keep up with your reading on the go.
If you’re interested in sampling the world of the e-reader, but don’t want to commit to a new piece of technology, why not try the superb Nook app from Barnes and Noble? With access to over 2.5 million book titles, newspapers, magazines and comics, personalised recommendations, and 1 million completely free titles to read, Nook offers an incredibe array of reading choices. Handy tools such as adjustable font sizes, line spacing, and screen brightness all make for more comfortable reading, while the ability to add notes and highlight parts of the text make it the ideal app to use as a study companion.
Brought to you by Classicly, this wonderful app gives you almost 3,000 classic works of literature recorded in audiobook formats. Although you won’t find contemporary books, you will find everything else; from the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin to world famous literary works such as The Art of War and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Audiobooks by Classicly (free) will make your journey to work far more entertaining than a copy of the latest gossip magazine.
If you’ve ever been in the bookstore or library trying desperately to remember whether you’ve read a particular novel before, then the Goodreads app is for you. Possibly the best app for people who love to read, Goodreads gives you the ability to easily keep track of both what you’ve already read and books you might like to try. With over 20 million members, this handy app also helps you to see what other people are reading and check out their reviews, and even read one of 2,000 public domain e-books.
Book Club Mobile (free)
Anyone who’s a member of a bookclub will know that sometimes, no matter how incredible the book was, generating a thorough discussion can be tricky. The Book Club Mobile app for the iPhone is perfect for giving you a helping hand to get your meetings off to a flying start; it works by suggesting topics based on characters in the book, any possible themes, and cultural aspects for around 200 different book titles.