With so many books on the market to choose from, how do you find and choose which books to read? Back in the day we only had newspaper and magazine book reviews and advice from friends. Now, we can find book recommendations, reviews and more on our mobile apps.
Here are some of the best book apps for finding books. They are all Free except, ironically, the Free Books app.
General Book Finding apps:
1. Goodreads – Goodreads is one of the largest apps/websites that recommend books. It is social so you see what books your friends are reading and read their reviews. The “Explore” function allows you to browse all books by genre, new, popular, and lists. You can search for books you are thinking of reading and see all members’ reviews.
2. Bookslinger – Looking for contemporary short fiction. Browse Bookslinger by interest category, title or author and read a story directly from the app. All stories are part of a larger collection, so if you find an author you like you can get info on their other works.
3. BookYap – Instead of browsing books by the typical genre categories, BookYap has more interesting genre names. Instead of business, literary or memoirs, you’ll find alpha male, activist, thrill seeker, single mingler, soul seeker and more.
4. Kobo – A very social book app (there is also a Kobo Reader) you can share what you are reading and passages on Facebook or Twitter with ease. You can add your own ebooks into Kobo, through Dropbox, to have your entire collection on Kobo. Kobo also tracks your reading habits and delivers interesting stats to you.
5. Free Books – If you’ve been meaning to catch up on the classics, this app is for you. 23,469 free classic books available to read instantly in the Free Books app. Browse by genre or author.
6. Wattpad - Discover and share stories and books for free. Many original stories only found on Wattpad. Submit your own. Find free classics also.
7. Overdrive Media Console – This app works in conjunction with public libraries to allow you to borrow ebooks for free from your local library. All you need is a library card and your off.
Comic Books and Graphic Novels:
8. Comics by comiXology – A comic platform that allows you to read a huge variety of comics. While the app is free, you do have to pay for the comics. Comics is the largest public library and store, it has both Marvel, DC Comics, The Walking Dead and much more. Browse by publisher, series, genre or creator.
Now all we need is an app that will help us find time to read all the great discoveries we find on these apps.