For avid readers, finding free reading material can be a challenge, but there are plenty of apps that can help. Here are some of the best:
BookBub provides free reading material through its app and its website. Using BookBub’s app, users can download free content that they might not have heard of before. It offers only e-books and e-audiobooks, which are available in a variety of genres, including romance, science fiction, mystery/thriller, and more.
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Best Apps For Reading Free Books
You’ll find lots of ebooks online that you can buy cheap or get for free, but what if you don’t have a dedicated ebook reader? No problem. Just fire up an ebook reader app on your phone or tablet. Whether you’re trying to read Mobi, EPUB, or PDF files, there is an ebook app that will work for you. Read on for your best options.
- Amazon Kindle App
Amazon Kindle App
You don’t need a Kindle device to read Amazon books. The Kindle app supports a host of different devices, including Windows and Mac computers, as well as iOS, iPadOS, and Android mobile devices. It can handle books from Amazon as well as anything from your library via Libby.
While reading, you can easily change the color, font, text size, line spacing, and other attributes. Mark up and annotate text passages, use an X-ray feature to get more details on characters and other elements, bookmark your current page and search for specific text. Need the definition of a certain word? Just highlight it, and a dictionary or Wikipedia entry pops up to describe it.
- Google Play Books
Google Play Books
The Google Play Books app isn’t as powerful as the Kindle app, but it’s no slouch. Available for the iPhone and iPad, Android devices, on the web, and for the Chrome browser through a Chrome Extension, this app plays host to any books you grab from Google Play, as well as PDFs and other formats downloaded from third-party sites.
You can change the text and color attributes, view the book’s original pages, add a bookmark, and even hear the book read aloud. From the Settings screen, you can turn on dark mode, use an offline dictionary, and enlist the volume key to turn pages.
- Apple Books
Designed for Apple devices, Apple Books is the built-in reader for ebooks and audiobooks downloaded from Apple’s bookstore. Within the app, you can adjust font type and size, theme, and brightness, as well as bookmark pages, annotate text, and make notes.
Turn on Scrolling View to scroll through a book vertically instead of swiping left on each page. Long-pressing on a word gives you the option to copy it, look it up, highlight, make a note of it, search for it through the book, or share it with someone else. The Search feature takes you to a specific word or page number.
- Barnes & Noble Nook
Barnes & Noble Nook
Designed to let you read books, magazines, and other content from Barnes & Noble, the Nook app is supported on Windows, iOS/iPadOS, and Android. In the app, you can change the font style and size, margins, line spacing, justification, and brightness. You can easily sail through the book’s pages via a handy slider bar at the bottom or jump to a specific page. Tapping and highlighting a word brings up a definition. A dedicated Settings pages lets you tweak the page-turning options, manage your library, and control the reader itself.
- Kobo Books
Aimed at both ebooks and audiobooks, the Kobo Books app is available for Windows, macOS, iOS/iPadOS, and Android. It lets you read books downloaded from the Kobo store as well as imported books saved as PDFs or EPUBs.
Tap the screen, and a series of icons appears on the lower right. From here, you can play with the font style and size, layout, and theme. Choose to use the volume keys to turn each page, change the orientation, and tweak the page transition. Highlight a word to retrieve its definition or annotate it. You can also bookmark a page and view a list of chapter headings and other details.
Libby allows you to borrow ebooks from your local library; all you need is a library card. The app works for iOS, iPadOS, and Android devices, or you can use it directly through your web browser. After you sign in with your library card and account, you can browse or search for a book among the virtual stacks.
In the app itself, you’re able to tweak the text size, the lighting, and the book’s design. The app allows you to bookmark and highlight specific pages and areas of the book. You can also search for text and swipe along the bottom to jump to a certain page. Pressing down on a word lets you view a definition, highlight it, or search for it within the book. And if you don’t like the Libby ebook reader, you can send borrowed library books to the Kindle app instead.
FBReader lets you read books downloaded from its own network library or those that you manually import from other sources. The app supports a variety of formats, including PDF, ePub, mobi, RTF, HTML, and plain text. Versions of the app are available for iOS, iPadOS, Android, Windows, and Linux.
When reading an ebook, you can switch between light and dark themes, search for text, change the orientation, and zoom in or out. From the Settings screen, you can adjust the text style and size, margins, appearance, color, and page turning. Enhance FBReader by installing and integrating different apps and plugins, such as an offline dictionary and a PDF reader.
The basic app is free, but a $4.99 premium flavor kicks in a text-to-speech reader, a translator, and built-in support for PDF and comic book formats.
Designed for iOS and iPadOS, KyBook offers access to various book catalogs, including Project Gutenberg and Feedbooks. You can add additional online catalogs and incorporate books from folders saved on your device or among your cloud-based storage sites. The app supports a healthy array of formats, such as ePUB, PDF, mobi, text, and RTF.
In the app, you can change the font style and text as well as the color theme. You can search for text, listen to your book via text-to-speech, and set a timer to go off when you want to stop reading. Pressing down on a word lets you copy it, translate, define it, search for it, share it, mark it, or hear it read aloud. You can also view chapter headings, bookmarks, notes, and other items.
The basic version is free. A one-time $4.99 payment removes the ads and kicks in a dictionary, themes, auto scrolling, and several other options. Pay $4.49 for three months or $14.99 for a full year, and you get access to the KyBook cloud with book storage and syncing.
Android-only FullReader allows you to pull in a variety of different ebooks from your device or from the cloud. The app supports many different formats, including ePUB, PDF, mobi, txt, doc, docx, and HTML. You can scan for books stored on your device and then import the ones you want to read. For books stored in the cloud, you connect to Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive, and download them to your device.
While you’re reading a book, you can tweak the font style and size, text color, background color, brightness, and theme. The advanced settings allow you to play with the layout, spacing, alignment, page turning, and other elements. You can view chapter headings and jump to a specific chapter. Pressing down on a word brings up a menu where you can highlight it, translate it, or share it. You can even make voice notes and hear the book read aloud to you.
- PocketBook Reader
Aimed at iOS/iPadOS and Android devices, PocketBook Reader lets you grab books from its own store, those stored on your device, those saved in the cloud (Dropbox, Google Drive, and PocketBook Cloud), and those downloaded from Google Books. The app supports both ebooks and audiobooks in 26 different formats, such as ePUB, mobi, PDF, RTF, text, HTML, MP3, and M4B.
Within the app, you can change the font style and size, brightness, colors, margins, reading mode, and other attributes. You can also bookmark pages, jump to a specific page, and hear the book read aloud. Pressing down on a word allows you to highlight it, search for it, or define it. To tweak the app, jump directly to the Settings screen where you’ll find a variety of options.
reading apps for kids free
I recall my joy when I realized that I liked reading and I wanted more of it. It only took about nine years to get to that point. Technology can help other children reach that wonder, at a much faster rate. I remember playing a lot of computer games about reading and watching shows that adapted classic and modern literature. In the modern world, to accommodate for changing values and minds, we can utilize both paid and free reading apps. Here’s some of the best reading apps for kids.
FREE READING APPS FOR KIDS
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Book Riot has recommended this for downloading audiobooks straight from local libraries. It also has an extensive children’s audiobook section, which will make for good bedtime reading or car listening. Having the volume of selection makes a difference when you’re scrambling for new material after the latest book runs out on the highway.
Epic provides a plethora of children’s books for all ages. The app asks for parents or teachers to create an account, and allows for them to create four profiles for children readers. You do need to register an email and a password. The visuals and music contribute to a fun learning experience.
- SIGHT WORDS
App Store reviews from parents have expressed satisfaction with this app game that encourages reading and makes it fun for kids. It’s for ages 4 and up, with detailed animation, background music, and great visuals. There are six games at the moment, tailored by grade. Kids can create their own profile, as either people or monsters.
- ENDLESS READER
This is meant for younger readers, ages 4 and up, to teach them words by sight. It’s designed to grab attention, with fluid animation and epic music. Digital flash cards occupy the screen, with fitting animation. Kids have to assemble the words, or match them, while the game provides appropriate sound effects. It’s suitable entertainment for young children and parents who may need a pick-me-up.
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- READING COMPREHENSION PREP
This app is for older readers, grades 3–5, and contains 12 stories, fiction and nonfiction. The stories cover a bit of history, adventure, and even creepy background. Reviewers have mentioned they enjoy sharing the tales with their children. There are different paid app from the same company.
- READING COMPREHENSION
In the paid version of the Peakaboo apps, there are versions for various reading levels, grades 2–8. The various bundles range from $7.99–9.99 and individual apps cost $1.99. These promise to educate children, while provoking thought with their questions about the material.
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In the 1990s, this company was called Living Books and made CD-Rom games based on children’s books. It has since adapted with the times and provides these interactive adaptations on the iPad, iPhone, and Android. For parents who grew up during the ’90s, the app is a good way to get nostalgia.
Kindle is a reliable standby. It can be downloaded on any computer, iPad, or iPhone. While the app is free; however, there may be additional costs in buying a Kindle, or the content that you wish. It depends on whether the material—like Peter Pan—is in the public domain or not.
In line with Kindle, Audible has a large amount of audiobooks. The cloud server has ample children’s audiobooks, which is perfect for commutes. The main trade off with using Audible is that while the app is free, the books cost money and their price is linked to how much the text costs on Amazon. With that said, the sound quality is amazing, and an Audible subscription will provide two books a month. This is more suitable for older readers who have a long commute or waiting time.
This is the only non-free one on our list, but it’s still very affordable. This kid’s reading app comes for multiple grade levels, including Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade. All five apps cost $7.99 as a bundle, and the individual ones are $1.99 if a caregiver wishes to buy them separately.
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