While some book lovers might relish the thought of curling up with a hard copy of their favorite detective novel, app developers have proven that there’s more than one way to get your reading fix.
We’ve rounded up five of the best apps for book lovers who want to fill their minds with the words and ideas of their favorite authors and discover new ones along the way.
The number of people listening to audiobooks is growing. Recent numbers show that audiobook sales have increased by 13.3 percent from 2016 – 2021. This is great news for readers, who can expect to find audiobooks on the Audible app from their favorite authors that are read by professional actors who deliver masterful performances. You can subscribe for a monthly fee that starts at $7.95 per month.
If you love sci-fi, fantasy, and some horror, you’ll love the Realm app from Serial Box publishers. This has advanced storytelling features, like cinematic sound effects, screen animations, and dark mode support. The stories are app exclusives, meaning you won’t find them anywhere else.
You can read or listen to Realm’s stories, with lengths varying from 10 minutes to several hours. This app is almost like a podcast meets an audiobook with a focus on dark, twisted subject matters. Basic membership is free, or go unlimited for $2.49 a month.
There are never enough hours in the day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your reading fix thanks to the Blinkist app. This app distills the main ideas of bestselling fiction and nonfiction books into explainers that last 15 minutes or less.
While it doesn’t replace the effect of reading an entire novel, Blinkist is excellent for readers with a never-ending reading list who are short on time. Get enough info to decide whether you want to dive into that Charles Dickens novel, or discover some great talking points for your next book club meeting. Start with a free trial, then subscribe for $8.33 a month.
If you’ve ever wanted to track your reading speed, create KPIs for your bookshelf, or feel the achievement of crushing your book reading goals, then Bookly is for you. This app is like a data tracker for reading. The best part is that you don’t need to read digitally to use it. Simply set a timer when you sit down with your book, then track how much you read.
Over time, the app will be able to predict how long it will take you to get through a particular book, helping you maximize your time and meet your reading goals. You can also manage your library of books, create wishlists, and write notes about each book. Print out beautiful charts showing your progress to keep you motivated. There’s a free version, or get all the features by going Pro for $29.99 a year.
We would be remiss if we left the most popular reading app off this list. Kindle is the go-to app for e-book reading, regardless of what type of tablet you use. Download Kindle for free on any device. The Kindle app has complete customization on Apple devices and lets you buy new books with one click.
Amazon subscribers get access to free Kindle books every month, plus have the option to upgrade to Kindle Unlimited for $9.99 a month to have instant access to thousands of books at a time.
These apps have all found ways to enhance the reading experience for book lovers. Now it’s your turn. What great idea do you have for your app? We want to hear about it and help you bring it to life! Contact us today to get started.