Since you’re already using your cellphone to read email, social media posts, and even the news, why not consider using it to spend time with a good book? Like almost every other form of media, books have gone digital, and there are many popular reading apps available to help you connect with fellow book-lovers, or even use your phone as a personal library. I’m listing a few of my favorites here, each of which is free to download for either iPhone or Android smartphones.
Litsy is a book-focused social network that lets you share old favorites, and discover new ones. You can rate and review books, and follow authors and publishers to get the latest news. It’s also an incredible tool for keeping track of all the books you’ve read, as well as the ones you want to read.
Another fun option is the Goodreads app, which bills itself as “the largest reading community in the world.” It offers unique benefits like the opportunity to join book clubs and participate in reading challenges, plus if you’re a Kindle user, you can sync the app to your device to track your reading, and get personalized recommendations based on books in your library.
Your phone provides a great platform for enjoying audio books—I love to listen to books while I’m driving, for instance. LibriVox provides access to over 24,000 free audio books and other programs, like old time radio dramas. For a selection of more contemporary titles, try a one month free membership with Audible, which offers 180,000 audiobooks, podcasts, and other original material to choose from. After 30 days, you can subscribe to continue to purchase items to listen to. One tip for using either of these apps: download audio books while connected to Wi-Fi, so they can be enjoyed at your convenience without using any cellular data.
Connect with a great book today! By using the e-books and audio book apps listed here, you’re able to attend book club night from the comfort of your favorite chair at home, or listen to an audiobook come to life while you’re in the driver’s seat on a long road trip.