10 Apps to Read Everything You Could Want on the iPhone

Sep 8, 2011

I love to read – I’m that guy that goes into the discount or used book store and buys paperbacks by the foot, especially Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Yep, I’m a geek. But there’s all those moments in the day when you’re bored or waiting that you don’t have your current favorite book handy, and you’d like to spend some time somewhere other than reality. Thank goodness for the iPhone – particularly the Retina Display of the iPhone 4 that makes words almost as crisp as if they were on a page. With these apps, you’ll be able to read just about anything you could ever want, and fit it all in your pocket.

Kindle – Read Books, eBooks, Magazines, Newspapers & Textbooks

Amazon is the original granddaddy of books, and the way they’ve brought this content to the digital world is simply beautiful. Perhaps the best part of this app is that it completely syncs with any other Kindle device or app you have – wherever you stop in a particular book is where you’ll pick up on another device.



Wikipedia works through Mobile Safari, but Wikipanion makes it an even better experience for the iPhone by optimizing the UI and expanding the search function. Settle bar bets at a moment’s notice with this one.


Float Reader

From the creators of Scribd, Float lets you consume written content in a dedicated phone layout that really makes reading easy and smooth. Browse content from your favorite sites, your social channels or use their bookmarklet to read something later.



Mashable is THE first source for social news and insights, and their app does more than just give you a bookmark. Great jobs board there as well, if you’re looking.


CNN App for iPhone

The app is fine for reading, and even has a few capabilities that let you capture news to report back to CNN, but I really love the notifications here. These often keep me up to date on stories of the day I would have missed otherwise.


Auto Enthusiast Weekly

If you love cars, this is the app for you. Not only do they beautifully convert the magazine over into a great mobile device format, but you can buy new or previous issues for just $.99 each! That’s much cheaper than the paper version by far.



Pulse brings in streams of news from across the web, letting you get the cultural zeitgeist by seeing the top stories on Reddit or Digg, or quickly skimming through top sites like Huffington Post or GOOD magazine.



The “Reading List” feature soon to come in iOS5 may replace this app, but until it does, Instapaper is the easiest way to bookmark great sites and read them on the go.


OverDrive – Library eBooks and Audiobooks

I’m saving the best for last. This app lets you check eBooks or audio books out from your local library – all within the app, and all FREE. It’s a great reading experience too, but you can’t beat that price point.


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