The Best Apps for Bibliophiles
by Jillian Bietz
For those of us who have smart phones or e-readers, it’s well known that you can find an app for nearly anything from counting calories to choosing a paint color.
But did you know there are apps that help you broaden your reading horizons? Here are just five of the most useful (and free!) apps for book lovers.
The Amazon Kindle e-reader has gained tremendous popularity and offers many excellent features. With this app, Kindle owners are able to transfer your e-books from a Kindle device to a cell phone/tablet/computer and vice versa. You can download the app at www.amazon.com . Similar apps are available for other e-readers such as Nook and Kobo.
This app contains classic and public domain e-books available for download for free. Chances are at least one of the 23,469 books offered will be on your required reading list. Now there is no excuse to rely on Cliff Notes the night before the test! The app has some terrific features including also offers personalized recommendation, high resolution images, and more. Download at www.classicly.com
GoodReads.com is a website for all book lovers. To date, there are over 6,000,000 members! Now GoodReads is available in an app! Access your GoodRead account on the go and discover new books, read up on discussions, purchase e-books and more. Download at itunes.com, amazon.com, or check out goodreads.com for a link for the download for your particular device.
With the Stanza App, you have access to over 1,000 titles-some you can buy, and some are free. You can organize your library, customize the pages, and browse various online catalogs. Download Stanza at www.lexcycle.com.
Although technically not a reading App, Dictionary.com app includes a dictionary and thesaurus is useful. Whether you are in school or reading leisurely, it’s always helpful to have a dictionary handy if and when you don’t know what a word means. Go to dictionary.com for directions on how to download for your particular device.
No need to ever leave home without a good book!
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