For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found seven great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included seven apps for book lovers in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.
This week’s category is: Apps for Book Lovers
1. iBooks (Free) – iBooks is Apple’s default ebook reader, and a great way to find and download books to read. It’s a must have for any book lover because it’s a one stop shop for all of your ePUB files and PDFs. iBooks also includes the iBookstore, where you can purchase the newest bestselling books or timeless classics. The app comes equipped with a fully fledged bookshelf to organize your collection, and with an array of font sizes and choices, iBooks makes reading on your iPad a breeze.
2. Kindle (Free) – Amazon’s Kindle app is the perfect app to download if you have a large collection of ebooks purchased from Amazon.com. You can access all of the ebooks on the website, plus newspapers, magazines, textbooks, and PDFs through this app. With Amazon’s Whispersync, you can automatically sync the last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across multiple devices, including your iPhone or your Kindle, so you can read wherever you are.
3. Goodreads (Free) – Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. It has more than seven million members and it is a great resource for finding new and interesting books based on other titles you’ve enjoyed and books recommended by your friends. It’s a lot like wandering through a giant digital library with thousands of book reviews so you can find the perfect book to read. You can also post your own reviews and keep track of books that you have read and plan to read with this app.
4. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore ($4.99) – One of the great things about the iPad is that it allows readers to experience a whole new type of interactive reading, with books that are accompanied by games, illustrations, and videos. There are several of these fantastic books in the App Store, but The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Lessmore is a shining example of what can be done with the iPad’s technology, and it comes complete with drawing, piano playing, games, animations, and more. It’s an experience that book lovers won’t want to miss.
5. Audible (Free) – Normally I shy away from recommending iPhone apps for the iPad, but in the absence of a native iPad app, those of you who are fans of audiobooks will want to download this app. Audible.com is one of the main providers of audiobooks, so if you have an account with the site, this is a must have app. It includes Wi-Fi delivery of your entire Audible.com library, an optimized audiobook player, and detailed listening stats. It’s got a great interface with a very usable navigational system, making it the perfect choice for listening to audiobooks.
6. Book Crawler ($1.99) – Book Crawler is an app that provides users with a book database of all the titles that they have read. It’s a great way to keep track of your book collection, and it has hundreds of professional and user-based book reviews to help you discover new content. You can enter books manually or use the included ISBN barcode scanner to automatically import your entire book collection in mere minutes. The app imports title, author, publisher, and more, and you can search your collection using those criteria. This is a must have for serious book collectors.
7. Free Books (Free) – There are thousands of books that are now in the public domain, and that can be downloaded and read for free. These include classics like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, among others. The Free Books app offers 23,469 classic books for you to download and read with the included ereader, which supports highlights, bookmarks, notes, and a dictionary. You can also import your own titles thanks to Dropbox integration and ePUB support. There’s also a user forum and personalized recommendations, so you can find great classic titles to read.
Notes: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.