For those who do not know me, I have a peculiar relation with technology. This time, I decided to review reading Apps. For so many years, I have struggled reading using an Ipad, a Kindle, or any other technology. To be honest, I still do not. However I recently discovered a few interesting Apps that added great value to my reading journey.
Reviewing them will hopefully get more people to read.
This is a popular reading App. It summarizes key takeaways from the world’s best non-fiction books. What I like about it is that it offers reviews both in audio and in text. One of its major highlights is that its content is crisp – basically you can get the gist of a book in less than 15 minutes. It offers a great library of more than 3,000 titles.
Unfortunately, Blinkist is not a free App. Yet, if you are fond of personal growth, self-improvement, history, communication skills, management, leadership, motivation, and psychology. It may be worth the free trial!
This is my favorite reading App. GoodReads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. It was launched back in 2007. For me, GoodReads has no downsides! Other than offering more than 2.5 million books, GoodReads allow you to see what books your friends are reading, track the books you are reading/have read/want to read, and it provide you a personalized list of book recommendations. It also grants you access to more than 87 million reviews to check out before you read a new book.
Find me on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/40955308-joanna
If you are a parent or an educator, this App is for you. Epic is not necessarily my favorite. However I guess this is situational. Epic is a reading App for kids. It offers popular and award-winning titles, endless variety of 35,000 picture books, early readers, and more. The App contains read-to-me features and audio books including learning videos, and a library in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese.
Epic can truly turn into a small family investment. You can get an unlimited access for up to four children for less than USD 10 per month.
Have you heard of Libby? It is an App for e-books and audio-books. Libby works best when you are connected to a local library. It enables you to borrow book using your phone.
2. Open the Libby app
3. Find your local library
4. Search, sample, borrow, enjoy
The last App I will be reviewing for now is Bookly. While not as appealing as GoodReads or Scribd, Bookly is a gorgeous App that helps you track your books, read more, and improve your reading over time. You can scan your books or simply search for them online to add them to the App, from there you can track to whom you lend them, add favorite quotes and thoughts, and see insightful data that can help you improve or read even more.My favorite part in this App is the creation of iconographics for books that you can share.
These are not the only reading Apps available but those are the ones I am familiar with. If I were to rank them GoodReads will win and Scribd comes second.
I hope that this will make you read more. I have these Apps on my phone. If I am not carrying my book, I always find a way to read.