It’s hard to imagine that less that 20 years ago, books were pretty much limited to hard or soft-cover. Audiobooks did exist, of course, but were the domain of those who had trouble reading or readers who’d simply discovered the joys of listening to a book.
In 2017, Kindle is ancient news. Amazon transformed reading, making books more accessible, cost-effective, and easy to carry around. They also opened the way for ebooks inevitable migration to smartphones. We do everything online these days – mostly on our smartphones – which is why web security is always in the news (VPNs are a good idea; we recommend taking a look at this NordVPN review, among others for comparison).
Now, many readers find the Kindle redundant. While Amazon still makes money off its flagship product, reading on a phone or tablet is far more intuitive to most.
And, since the trend began, thousands of apps have become available to help you read and appreciate books.
Here are 5 apps that changed the way we read books.
From its early days as a standalone app, to its time as an undeletable fixture, iBooks made reading that much easier for iPhone users. With a built-in bookstore, iBooks made the process from shopping to reading seamless, and set us up for our own cloud libraries. Not only do you not have to worry about losing books, but you don’t have to worry about losing your highlights, bookmarks, notes, or ratings either.
2. The Kindle app
Of course, Amazon could not limit its readers to devices that were fast becoming superfluous. They created an app that rivalled iBooks in many ways, and was available on all devices. With features such as on-page Wikipedia search, on-page translations, X-Ray of the book’s contents, and more, the Kindle app made it easy to read books that were once considered difficult. Infinite Jest is far easier without having to lug around a dictionary.
Originally a web-based service, Goodreads made it possible to keep track of everything we read, share our reviews, find new books to read, and challenge ourselves to keep turning pages. Its smartphone app, and subsequent collaboration with Amazon and the Kindle app, ensured that we’ll never forget a book again. We’ve always got a to-read list to look forward to, and don’t need to spend months finding something we like.
Okay, the Audible app did not change the way we read. Audible itself did, and the app just made listening a breeze. This Amazon offshoot made audiobooks extremely popular, with its subscription service offering a book a month. Quality is consistently brilliant, and their suggestions for your next read are worth taking.
Finally, Kobo is most notable for not being Amazon. Many other companies have tried to make it in the ebook world, but most have had only middling success. Kobo, on the other hand, is going strong, with competitive prices and an excellent smartphone and tablet app. Having just added audiobooks to its functionality, it is likely to grow in popularity, rivalling Amazon’s hold on the market and keeping competition alive.