Best Book Apps

Since we believe in the digital future of books as a way to reduce eventually the footprint of books, we also believe in apps. Book apps are integral part of the digital age of books and we want to share with you some great book apps we find and thus we are assembling a list of the top 100 book apps.

Below you will find our list with apps for iPhone, android and iPad. To get into our list apps need to both book/ebook related and affordable - we chose only apps that are either free or cost less than $2. The apps are brought to you in an alpabetical order. We hope you will find these apps useful and enjoyable!

Top 100 book apps (in an alphabetical order):

1. Audible (free, iPhone, iPad), the Internet's premier provider of digital audiobooks and more, is now available on your iPhone and iPod Touch! This free app features the most comprehensive audiobook experience ever, including Wi-Fi delivery of your library, an optimized audiobook player, detailed listening stats, and much more.

2. Bible+ (free, iPhone, iPad)
BibleReader is an amazing way to read & study the Bible. Write a note, highlight, and bookmark your favorite passages, and then back up or sync them to another device with Olive Tree's FREE cloud backup service. With split-screen viewing and advanced search, BibleReader is a powerful Bible study aid.

3. Builda the Re-Bicycler ($1.99, iPad)
Builda the Re-Bicycler is an eco-conscious fable that will engage, educate, and inspire your young reader. The island of Midlandia is bicycle-crazy - but a problem seems to be piling up. When the town dump overflows with discarded bikes, Builda the factory owner springs into action. Can her plan to reduce, reuse, and recycle save the day?

4. Chasing Fireflies: A Haiku Collection ($1.99 - until Jan 31, 2012, iPad)
The first offering from digital book studio, Honeybee Labs, "Chasing Fireflies" is an interactive poetry experience, featuring over 150 classic Japanese haiku, complemented by elegant collage-style artwork and a cinematic original score. Readers can interact with the backgrounds, calling lightning in a storm, or conjuring fireflies at night. Readers can also share their favorite passages with friends via Facebook or Twitter.

5. Chimps Should Be Chimps Storybook (free, iPad)
Chimps Should Be Chimps is a FREE iPad interactive storybook presented by Lincoln Park Zoo’s Project ChimpCARE and Manning Productions. Check out the trailer and behind-the-scenes videos at

6. Duck in the Truck Jez - Animated Storybook ($0.99, iPhone)
Alborough One of the earliest apps, Jez Alborough's lively story of the madcap Duck's driving adventure is a very simple adaptation that has both read-to-me and a read-by-myself options. In the first, Harry Enfield narrates the story, making it feel like a traditional bedtime experience; while in the second, the text and pictures glide by slowly, making it easy to read along. (Source: The Guardian)

7. Free books (free, iPhone)
Ah, to describe an app in two words... Free Books is just that- Free Books! Browse our handpicked collections, download any of our 23,469 classic books, and read with our fully featured ereader. Notes, highlights, bookmarks, dictionary support -- it’s all here. Have your own ebooks? We have you covered, thanks to Dropbox integration and a fantastic ePUB reader. Just import your books and read anytime, anywhere.

8. Goodreads (free, android)
Most book lovers that have adopted online technology as part of their enthusiasm for reading know about the website GoodReads. Whether or not you're a regular reader of the book review site, you'll appreciate the community of book reviewers when you install the mobile GoodReads app. The aesthetic quality and the amount of information available makes this easily one of the top mobile apps for readers. (source: makeuseof)

9. IndieBound (free, iPhone, iPad)
IndieBound for iPhone puts the latest indie bookseller recommendations and bestsellers in your pocket, so you can *really* keep up with what’s going on in the book world. Each book includes a link to purchase direct from the website of an indie bookstore near you. Also included is a comprehensive book search and a location-based store finder to guide you straight to America’s best bookstores.

10. iStoryBooks (free, iPhone, iPad, android)
Free Interactive Childrens Books for the new generation! iStoryBooks comes with free books that read itself to your little ones! Yes the books include text and audio. We publish a new book every 2 weeks. Kids can enjoy these books on their own or you can read to them.

11. Marvel Comics (free, iPad, iPhone)
Introducing the MARVEL COMICS app, a revolutionary new way to experience the Marvel Universe on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, featuring the world’s most popular super heroes! Download hundreds of comic books featuring your favorite characters - including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more - on your mobile device with the touch of a button.

12. McSweeney’s (free, iPhone, iPad)
Stories. Short films. Interviews. Comics. Readings. Bad advice. All delivered straight to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. No more lonely moments. THE APP IS NOW FREE AND COMES WITH A ONE-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TO THE SMALL CHAIR.

13. Shakespeare (free, iPhone, iPad)
Shakespeare™ is a free app with the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including doubtful works) and a searchable concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term).

14. Stanza (free, iPhone, iPad)
Although other e-reader apps support such titles, Stanza makes access to the 50,000 free e-books of Project Gutenberg and Feedbooks easy, and offers a similar number of titles you can pay for though partner stores. Highlights of the Amazon-owned app include the ability to slide your finger across the screen to turn the page — a real winner for those not quite prepared to turn their back on the paper book experience. (Source: Mashable)

15. Subtext (free, iPad)
Reading together is better—especially with access to the world’s largest collection of books! Subtext powers the first community in the pages of ebooks. With Subtext, you can engage in conversations with friends, authors and experts and access all types of information and multimedia—right in the margins of your books. It’s like sitting in your living room reading a book surrounded by your friends, the author and, if you’re up for the extra company, the most interesting people in the Subtext community. A totally new reading experience!

16. The Beatles Yellow Submarine (free, iPhone)
This enchanting illustrated book captures the same magical spirit found in the film. The Beatles' journey to save Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies is filled with surrealistic humor, wit, and clever references to The Beatles' song titles and lyrics. In this iTunes exclusive, clips from the movie have been included throughout and can be viewed either embedded in the page or at full-screen.

17. Unlimited Free Books – Wattpad eBook Reader (free, iPhone)
The iPhone version of the online e-book community, Wattpad is a popular app with over 4 million downloads to date. What differentiates Wattpad from similar apps is the user-generated content. The system offers a publishing platform, meaning the novels, short stories, poetry and essays available through the app are more likely to be written by “Joe Bloggs” than J.K. Rowling. If you're not one for amateur or fan fiction, or you work for the U.S. Copyright Office, you might want to skip this one. (Source: Mashable)

18. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (free, iPhone, iPad)
While Victorian literature isn't, admittedly, for everyone, this app certainly makes it easier to read it. Beamitdown Software scrolls text similarly to a teleprompter, as opposed to using paging. You can choose the color of the page and text, as well as the font size. If "Wuthering Heights" isn't the book for you, you can choose from one of their many other options. (source: huffington post)


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