Lit-erally, the 5 best apps for book lovers

Last updated: May 17, 2019

We like the feel of paper, but we love having a library (and friends’ must-read lists) at our fingertips. From slick e-readers to lively communities of lit lovers, here are five apps all bookworms should know.
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Scribd: Audiobooks & ebooks

Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Scribd’s your subscription for everything: books, audiobooks, magazine articles, documents, sheet music, and more
  2. 2A competitively priced monthly subscription gets you access to hundreds of thousands of books and more
  3. 3Read or listen to “Snapshots,” roughly 10 minutes of key insights on top nonfiction works, produced by Scribd
Why we love this
  1. 1Powered by your local library: Read (or listen) your heart out for free
  2. 2Place a hold on out-of-stock books and audiobooks, and see the number of people (and wait time) ahead of you
  3. 3Browse by genre, new releases, or “Spotlights” – curated collections like “Coming of Age Classics,” “Spine Tinglers,” and “Self-Reflection”

Wattpad – Books & Stories

Contains ads
Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1User-authored stories and community participation are the backbone of this free reader
  2. 2Add inline comments as you read completed stories or chapters of works in progress
  3. 3Fanfiction, romance, teen fiction, and fantasy abound — don’t worry, werewolves and vampires get their own categories


Contains ads
Why we love this
  1. 1Fill your to-read list with recommendations and reviews from friends, plus millions of other members
  2. 2Scan book barcodes to quickly add them to your virtual shelf or to read reviews while browsing a bookstore
  3. 3Explore personalized recommendations based on your book ratings and favorite genres
Why we love this
  1. 1Reading and listening is wonderfully intuitive and personalized – from sampling to annotating – with this pay-per-book platform
  2. 2Adjust your display, from font and line-spacing, to the customizable “Night Light”
  3. 3Get context as you read: Highlight a term to see what it means, search for it online and within the book, or translate it in-app
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