The way that we read is changing most people no longer rely on their local library or book club to stay up-to-date with the latest bestsellers. Instead, we are turning to the small devices most of us have glued to our hands for the latest titles and bookish discussions.
Here are the apps that will change your reading experience:
OverDrive is the perfect companion for anyone who loves going to their local library or wishes that they could on a more frequent basis. OverDrive essentially brings your library to your phone. You are able to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from within the app and even stream videos that you library has on offer. You also won’t have to suffer those annoying late fees again as books are automatically returned within the app so that you don’t even have to worry. There are currently over 30,000 libraries worldwide who offer access to their resources through OverDrive.
Goodreads is a platform that allows users to discover new books and easily organize them into virtual bookshelves, as well as keeping a reading log and writing reviews for books they have read. The app also includes a Facebook style timeline so you can keep track of the books your friends are reading. A really nice feature is the ability to set a yearly reading goal and share this with friends, this is a great motivator as they can see if you’re falling behind on your goal or even if you’re flying ahead.
Serial Box (iOS)
Serial Box is a service that completely changes your reading experience to one that can be compared more to watching your favourite TV drama with stories being delivered to you in weekly episodes. The service works by the user picking a series they are interested in, they can then read the first episode for free, after this you have to subscribe in order to continue receiving weekly episodes. Episodes are also offered in audio format for those who simply don’t have time to sit down and read every week.
Unfortunately, Android users are going to have to wait and hope that this unique service will be available on their devices soon.
Whether you’re a budding novelist or just want to read something a little less mainstream this is a fantastic app. Wattpadd is a community where writers can easily share their stories or even chapters from an unfinished novel. Users can then access these stories and leave feedback as well as engaging in discussion with the rest of the community about their favourite characters who what might happen next. Users have unlimited access to stories that have been posted and can even save them to their device so that they can be read offline.
SCRIBD is a paid subscription service that gives you access to 3 books, 1 audiobook and unlimited magazines for just $9 every month. When compared to other similar subscription services this is a great deal. Along with this you also receive recommendations to books you may enjoy based off of your reading history. All of your devices sync making it easy to switch from reading on your phone while standing in the queue at Starbucks to reading on your iPad with a glass of wine on the sofa.