Nowadays, more and more people are becoming bookworms. Although reading physical books is great, it’s not exactly the most quarantine-friendly. That’s why new and old bookworms are starting to read using devices like Kindle and Kobo. Reading on phones, tabs, or laptops is always an option too. There are a billion different apps for ebook reading to choose from on both Android and Apple devices.
Here’s a short review on 3 ebook readers worth looking into:
1. Google Play Books (GOOGLE LLC)
This is usually the first app for ebook reading that android users encounter. Google Play Books is pre-installed on almost all android devices. Books can be added either by purchasing them from the Play Store or by uploading files to a google drive account. This means that the app also links to google accounts and syncs across devices with the same account. There are several features that have been improved and developed over the years. Most features are usable offline, but a few, like the More natural reading voice setting, is only available when readers are connected to the internet.
Google Play Books is the default reading app for android devices. Surprisingly it’s also available for free on Apple devices. Though it’s a pretty good app, some readers still search for other ebook apps for more particular settings. One of the deal-breakers for readers is the app’s lack of vertical scrolling. There are two main flipping modes for reading apps, vertical or horizontal scrolling. A few readers prefer scrolling downwards while reading and tend to look for alternative ebook readers.
2. ReadEra (READERA LLC)
ReadEra is one of the more popular alternatives to Google Play Books. With over 10 million app downloads, it also supports a few more formats than most ebook readers like RTF, CHM, MOBI, FB2, and AZW files. This app is also free with an in-app purchase for a premium version. It has several notable features like vertical scrolling, file scanning, and has over 50 interface languages available.
This ebook reader is well-known and well-loved because of its versatility. The differences between premium and the free app aren’t much, just a change in library views, more colors for quotes, and a bit more. ReadEra sadly isn’t available for Apple devices and doesn’t have purchasable ebooks, only relying on already downloaded files. However, since there are countless sites and companies readers can buy or download from, like Google and Amazon.
3. Apple Books (Apple)
Similar to Google Play Books, Apple Books is also a free app with in-app purchases. It’s sort of like the Apple counterpart to Google Play Books. For older Apple products, the default ebook reader would be iBooks, but with the iOS 12 came Apple Books or simply, Books. This app lets users purchase books and also allows readers to open downloaded files. The ebook reader allows sharing, rating, and reviewing books to others in the apple community.
Apple Books has a simple interface and is easy to use. Sadly, this app is only Apple exclusive and ordinary ebook files can’t be read aloud like with Google Play Books. On the plus side, users can purchase Read-Aloud books from the Apple book store. The app also allows vertical scrolling paired with different themes and fonts for users to enjoy.