Digital Reading Apps

Reading digital content on e-readers, computers, tablets and smartphones is increasing in popularity. Fortunately, there is no shortage of free and low cost digital reading apps to access. There are reading apps to help children and adults learn to read and comprehend what they are reading. There are reading apps that allow you to read digital content on all of your different digital devices. And there are reading apps that allow you to set up an account and add articles from the Internet that you can read later on just about any device.

E-reader Apps

Because of the large volume and diversity of reading apps, you may want to log on to iTunes or Google Play stores to view your options. However, five reading apps no digital reading junkie should be without include:
  1. Apple iBooks reading app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
  2. Amazon Kindle reading app for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android
  3. Nook reading app for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android
  4. Google Play Books app for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android
  5. Pocket for iPad and Android (formerly called Read it Later)

Audiobook Apps

For those of you who prefer to be read to, an audiobook app may be the perfect option. These apps allow you to create an online account and pay a fee to download a limited or unlimited number of audiobooks to listen to on your digital devices. Some downloads are free; however, more recently published books are not free. A few audiobook apps worth checking out include:
  • Audiobooks - iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices – free and fee-based books
  • Audible - iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices – free and fee-based books (use your Amazon.com account)
  • Free Audiobooks Pro - iPad - $0.99 no monthly fee, mostly classics

Newspaper, Magazine and Professional Publication Apps

Finally, many national and local newspapers and magazines, and professional publications have subscription-based apps designed for digital devices. The apps allow you to read the digital version of these publications. The apps are free, but you have to pay a subscription fee unless you are already a paid subscriber of the print version. A few examples of these types of reading apps include:
  • NY Times App (New York Times Daily Newspaper)
  • People Magazine App (People Magazine Weekly)
  • The Motley Fool (Financial News)
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