Check out these great apps to enjoy ebooks and audio books on your smartphone!
Expand your mind!
You should read. Oscar Wilde said, “It is what you read when don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” Mortimer J. Adler said, “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
We at Cellular Sales think that’s pretty good stuff. Reading keeps your brain nimble. It helps you learn about other cultures, or learn about yourself. And, it’s darned entertaining, too!
“But,” you might say, “I don’t have time to read!” Listen, that’s nowhere close to true. Seriously, just today, you probably wasted a ton of time waiting in line at the pharmacy, getting your hair done, sitting in your car at the pick-up line at your kid’s elementary school … that’s all prime reading time.
You don’t need to load up with hard copy books. Keep your paper-and-ink books at home, carefully arranged on the end table with that one succulent plant you managed to keep alive and a scented candle.
You don’t even need to lug your tablet around to up your reading quota. Nope, in this day of modern marvels, all you need to read the latest treatise on astrophysics is your smartphone and one great e-reader app.
No, we don’t read books about astrophysics. But we’d love to share our favorite ways to catch up on the latest Neil Gaiman (author of American Gods) or Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, anyone?)
iBooks and Google Play Books are the go-to reading apps for Apple and Google, so we decided to take a closer look at a few other e-reader app favorites on the market. Just go to the App Store or Google Play to find these great apps for your smartphone.
The Kindle app puts your Kindle’s library (and Amazon’s almost unending collection of digital tomes) at the tips of your fingers, on any device. If you’re a Prime member, you can access tons of free books through the app, too. You don’t have to have an actual Kindle to use this app, but if you do, your Kindle books will sync across all your Kindle apps and devices.
Nook is your direct link to Barnes and Noble. Like the Kindle app, you can sync any Nook tablet reader information to this smartphone app, but you don’t have to have a Nook e-reader to use the app.
Described as “Netflix for ebooks,” this app gives you access to everything from bestsellers to textbooks for a monthly subscription fee. You can even store some titles for offline enjoyment (airplane mode, anyone?). Scribd can make recommendations for your reading list, too.
If you don’t know about Goodreads, it’s time to find out! Never again get stumped by the question, “What should I read?” This app can recommend your next great read based on your personal preferences. You can also connect with friends to chat about your favorite books through Goodreads. Plus (and this is one of our favorite features!) the Goodreads App lets you find out more—reviews and synopses for example—about off-line books by simply scanning the barcode.
Powered by your local library (so, yes, you’ll need to go get a library card!) Overdrive is completely free to use. Because libraries have limitations on how many digital copies of books they can lend, you may have to wait for some of the most popular titles. But you can also use Overdrive to borrow movies and listen to audio books. Speaking of which …
Don’t forget: driving time is prime reading time! No, don’t set your phone up on the dash so you can split your attention between the screen and the road. Use the Audible app to have your phone read to you, making your commute far more pleasant. With the right book, you might even welcome interstate gridlock during rush hour.
Looking for a good reading list to get started on your literary education? Here’s a list from the literary social media site Goodreads.