Books, e-Books and more books! For the geeks and bookworms (like me), the holiday season is not complete with the list of our must-read holiday books before the year ends. Your iPhone or iPad is your best bud, your sure way to meet the next favourite book. It’s easier to find it on eBook readers applications.
Join me and let’s unbox the features of these top 5 e-Book readers for iOS devices. If you read a lot, you better have one of these app on your Home Screen, and if you’re too bookish, you can also download them all from App Store.
The Kindle app has improved dramatically for the past few months, and at present, it comes with rich-features of fonts and intuitive gestures for book lovers. This eBook app has become one of the most popular third party applications on App Store that is now fully optimised for the iPad and iPhone 5’s Retina display.
It boasts Amazon’s vast catalogue of (over 900,000) eBooks and Whispersync capability that automatically syncs the last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlight across devices (iOS, Android, PC’s, Blackberrys, etc). It requires an Amazon account to access all the features using your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It provides comfortable reading experience with its customisable fonts and backgrounds. You can download it from App Store for free.
The verdict: I give Kindle app a 4.5-star rating.
Secondly, if you want to access hundreds of eBooks and appreciate the features of Goodreads, you need to become a member of the website for free. Aside from its eBook features, it also serves as a book sharing service where you can add friends, update list of must-read, read and currently reading books.
Goodreads app allows you to download from a catalogue of around two thousand of books. What’s more, they are totally free. Most of them are classics, from the works of Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Dostoyevsky, Plato, to name a few.
The verdict: I give Goodreads app a 4.5 star rating.
Apple introduced iBooks as a response to Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other eBooks sellers. Honestly, I don’t use this app much since I became an Apple user (I was hooked to Kindle). However, I spent time exploring its features and found delight to its neat interface, and its impressive eBook daily catalogue updates from the iBookstore. Download the latest best-selling books or your favourite classics in a few taps.
The likeable part – Flip through pages with a swipe or a tap and it feels like you’re reading a printed book. iBooks app comes with seven beautiful fonts and layouts. Share your thoughts about your favourite book on Facebook, Twitter, Mail and Messages. iBooks also syncs seamlessly via iCloud. Obviously, for iOS devices only.
The verdict: I give iBooks app 4-star rating.
Barnes and Nobles’ Nook works has the same platform as the Amazon Kindle app. It sells a vast number of eBooks online where users can download and have them accessible across devices – Macs, PCs, iOS, Androids, etc. The Nook app supports EPUB format like iBooks app that makes it more versatile than the Kindle app.
However, the reading experience is below average. The interface is quite complicated and the eBooks’ prices are slightly expensive than Amazon eBooks.
The verdict: I give the Nook 4-star rating.
Last but not the least, Kobo app makes a big hit on eBook reader app with its competitive interface and features that support EPUB formats and native Mac, PCs, iOS and Android platforms where users can read the purchased eBooks. Just like the Kindle app, it also brags a sync capability to your library across the above-mentioned devices. Browse and shop over 2.5 million eBooks wherever you go.
The likeable part – One of its interesting feature is its social integration, which allows you to see your friends’ list – current reads, reviews, and insights just like Goodreads.
The verdict: I give Kobo app 4-star rating.
What do you think about the list? Do you have a stellar eBook reader app in mind?