The age of the smartphone and tablet is upon us! As smartphones and tablets get more affordable, more and more people are switching to either an Android device or an iPhone (Blackberry too, but there aren’t so many apps available there). If you’re a bookworm, it can also mean expanding your universe. Here are some suggested apps you can download on your phones/tablets
This is a must have for every book lover that has a mobile (and even desktop) device. Once you open an Amazon account (click here for a step-by-step guide), all the books that you buy there will be synced on all devices that have the Kindle app, including the page where you stopped reading, highlights, settings preferences, etc. Oh, and you know what else is great? A lot of OMF Lit titles are digitally available on Amazon! Click here to see the list.
Since you already have an Amazon account if you download the Kindle app, might as well download the Amazon app. You can browse all the books in the Amazon store without going through your browser. You can also activate the 1 Click ordering so no need to fill out a lot of forms when you want to buy either a physical or ditigal book. The Wish List feature is also very handy when you want to line-up your next book purchases.
Goodreads is a combination of virtual library and online book club. Basically, it’s a social network for booklovers. You get to virtually show off your book collection, and also read and write reviews that you can share with your friends and everyone else that’s on Goodreads (5 million as of 2011). You get to see what your friends are reading and maybe try out their reading list too. You can also scan the bar codes on your books to add to your virtual library.
Another app to virtually manage both your print and digital books. It helps you keep track of what you’ve read, what you’re reading and what you’re planning to read. And every title you catalog includes the title, author, the date it was read, genre, whether or not it’s part of a series, as well as copyright and publishing information. You can also list down here who borrowed your book so you can keep track. There’s also a location-based feature where you can discuss books with people near you.
Billed as the “world’s first personal social magazine”, this app turns your Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as other interests you input when you sign up, into a cool virtual magazine of images, articles and interactive media. So basically, it’s a digital magazine customized especially for you
It calls itself the “YouTube of ebooks” because it distributes content written by both professional and amateur writers of all genres, and all for free (legally!). You can upload your own content as well so you can share with people around the world your own brand of writing. A great platform for aspiring writers.
As the app title suggests, it’s an app to download 23,649 classic books, all for free, and all legally. These books are already public domain, meaning their intellectual property rights have already expired. Works by Shakespeare, Lewis Carrol, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, etc can be downloaded in this