Why buy a Kindle device, when you can get the same reading experience on your smartphone device with special apps offering various essential features? Regardless of the file type, Mobi, EPUB, or PDF, these apps will help you read while enjoying the eBook experience.
Here are five of the best apps for reading ebooks, available for all smartphone devices, including phones, tablets, or something, Mac or Windows;
Amazon Kindle App
You don’t need a Kindle device to download this app, nor is the app exclusive to Amazon books. The Kindle app can help you read anything from Amazon or your own library through Libby. The app offers a range of features like changing color, font, text size, line spacing, and other attributes while reading. Users can also markup or annotate text using the X-ray feature to get more details about characters and other elements. The app has bookmarks and easy access to the dictionary by just highlighting the word.
Kindle is available on Windows and Mac computers, iOS, iPadOS, and Android mobile devices.
Google Play Books
Google Play Books doesn’t quite beat the Amazon Kindle app, but it still has a lot of features. This platform can host all kinds of book formats from Google as well as PDF and other formats downloaded from third-party sites. This app has limited features but doesn’t miss any of the essentials like bookmarks, and changing text and colors. It has an additional unique feature to read text aloud with an offline dictionary.
Google Play Books is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, as well as on the web via a Chrome extension.
Available only for iOS users, this built-in app acts as a decent e-book reader for books downloaded from Apple’s Book Store. The app allows you to adjust font type and size, theme and brightness, as well as bookmark pages, annotate text and make notes. In addition to basic functions, long-pressing words on Apple Books lets you copy it, view it, highlight it, make a note, search through the book, or share it with a friend.
Designed for both eBooks and audiobooks, Kobo lets you read or listen to books downloaded from their library as well as books downloaded to a local device, saved as PDFs or EPUBs. Is. Tapping the screen while reading will reveal a range of options to play with font style and size, layout and theme. You can choose to use the volume keys to change to the next page, or change the orientation. The app also includes highlighting, annotation bookmarking and dictionary access.
A PDF and text file reader app, GoodReader, offers a unique reflow feature that has become its special selling point. Reflow extracts plain text from PDF files and wraps words automatically so you don’t have to repeatedly scroll left or right to the next page. GoodReader automatically scrolls the text for you and enhances the reading experience.
The app has an integrated library that will let you import files from online services like Google Docs, Dropbox, etc. WebDAV server will enable easy transfer of files from PC or Mac to your phone. Costing a measly dollar, this app offers a unique reading experience and is currently only available for iOS devices.